Californiaaaaaaaa! The O.C. only ran from 2003-2007, but for a show that only had four seasons, it really made an impact. We'll never hear The OC, Summer, Seth, Marissa or Ryan in quite the same way again. It was one of the first teen soaps in a while to feature the adults (Sandy, Kirsten, and Julie Cooper anyone?) in story lines just as interesting and prominent as thost their kids were navigating.
Despite the fact this one ran from 1981-1990 for a full 9 seasons and I lived right through it, the only thing I recall from it is that Days of Our Lives vet Kristian Alfonso played a character named Pilar. Otherwise, here's a blurb from Google! "This sometimes sexy, often campy drama series is set in the fictional Tuscany Valley region of California's wine capital, Napa Valley. Aristocratic and ruthless Angela Channing runs Falcon Crest winery with an iron hand, and she is none too pleased when hardworking nephew Chance inherits 50 acres of prime vineyard from her late brother."
Melrose Place ran for seven seasons, from 1992 to 1999. It was a spinoff of Beverly Hills, 90210, but the two shows never really connected after the initial launch. Most of the action took place inside of a California apartment building with courtyard facing doors, bringing together all of the tenants in a very close way. Probably far closer than most would have liked! There were marriages and divorces and friends marrying exes and all the fun stuff you'd expect. Heather Locklear makes her second appearance in a soap on this list, playing bitchy Amanda Woodward, the girl everyone loved to hate.
Now in its second season, Empire is proof the soapiest of dramas aren't going anywhere. The biggest thing to hit television in ages when it came on the air in 2015, it follows one family's struggle to stay together and keep their music business on top so they are never as low as they were many years ago. They hate each other and they love each other, but when push comes to shove. if you're a Lyon, you're one for life. Even if you're playing with the wrong deck, help is on the way. Viewers want to be Cookie, smack Lucious, sing like Jamal and talk smack like Hakeem. What more could a show hope for?
Running from 1998-2003, it may have been Dawson's Creek, but six years and it wasn't his life we were really all that concerned about. While at one time we may have 'shipped Joey and Dawson, as bestie Pacey grew into a man, the old ship sailed and a new one was born. Soaps are all about love and loss, and that certainly became the theme here. Dawson lost his father, Pacey and Joey became a couple for the ages, and the group's BFF lost her fight with cancer before all was said and done. If only we'd had more time.
Does anything taste as sweet as revenge? Well, maybe. If you're this four-year drama that ran from 2011-2015 fashion tasted pretty darn sweet, as did murder and double crossing. The wicked fights between Victoria and Emily/Amanda were pretty tasty, as well. And oh the relationship drama! It was always as soapy as it could get.