Evolution Of The Daytime Soap Opera

By Rebeka Knott

Originally, television programming was mostly conservative. Programs mimicked the likes of radio melodramas that were so very popular. Early on in the history of television broadcasting, the most racy subjects on air were stories on the evening news. Television was commonly used as entertainment, rather than an informational tool. Before too long, controversial programming reared its ugly head. One of those controversial television programming formats included what was, and is still, known as, “Soap Operas.”