The Bold and The Beautiful (1987 – Present) Set in Los Angeles, the show centres on the Forrester family and their fashion house business, Forrester Creations. The show follows the lives of wealthy people and how love affairs, scandals and betrayals affect each of the family members and their relationships with each other. Since its premiere, the show has become the most-watched soap in the world, with an audience of an estimated 26.2 million viewers. Central Park West (1995 – 1996) Set in New York in the affluent Central Park West area of Manhattan, Central Park West was a prime-time soap opera that centred around the lives of the staff working for the trendy magazine Communique. “In my opinion, the first 13 episodes are almost perfection. And as Darren Star himself said, the show is a real 90's time capsule with the fashions, the pop culture references (Bret Easton Ellis appears as himself) and the soundtrack (including Moby, Massive Attack, Everything But The Girl). It's such a slick production which is really heightened by heavy use of location shooting and it's one of those soap ensembles where there isn't a dud among the cast. The revamp has it's charms but it's the 1995 episodes that I love.” - @Carrie Fairchild “To me, CPW will always be the 90s Dynasty that could have been. Mariel Hemingway's departure shook the perfect balance of the show, what came after that was enjoyable enough but it wasn't the cutting-edge NuSoap anymore. Shame, because it had the potential of becoming a successful long-running prime time soap.” - @Willie Oleson The Colbys (1985 – 1987) A Dynasty spin-off. Set in Los Angeles, The Colbys focused on the extended Colby family starting with Jeff who relocated from Denver to California to start his life anew and comes face to face with Fallon, now married to his cousin Miles. A fierce rivalry is sparked between Jeff and Miles and the love triangle spans the series. Miles's father, billionaire Jason Colby, has a rocky marriage to Sable and a long time attraction to Sable's sister Francesca who is Jeff's estranged mother. Dark Shadows (1966 – 1971) An American Gothic soap opera that depicted the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family of Collinsport, Maine, where a number of supernatural occurrences take place. The series featured a vampire, Barnabas Collins and also featured ghosts, werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors, memorable storylines, numerous dramatic plot twists, adventurous music score, broad cosmos of characters and heroic adventures. “Brilliantly insane, 60s daytime vampire soap, hypnotically slow and often genuinely scary - rubber bats and all.” - @James from London Days of Our Lives (1965 – Present) "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives" are the words that have introduced every episode of one of the longest-running soap operas in the world that is still on air. Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Salem, the show follows the lives, loves, triumphs and tragedies of the Horton, Brady, Kiriakis, Hernandez and DiMera families.