What is soap opera?

  • (noun): A serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products).

Soap Opera

A soap opera, sometimes called "soap" for short, is an ongoing, episodic work of dramatic fiction presented in serial format on radio or as television programming. The name soap opera stems from the original dramatic serials broadcast on radio that had soap manufacturers, such as Dial Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers, as sponsors and producers. These early radio series were broadcast in weekday daytime slots, usually five days a week, when most listeners would be housewives; thus the shows were aimed at and consumed by a predominantly female audience.

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Some articles on soap opera:

Lena Kundera And Bianca Montgomery - Reception and Impact - Popularity
... Prime time television was already significantly ahead of soap operas in their representation of gay men and lesbians ... With the pairing of Lena and Bianca, American soap opera was given a level of LGBT visibility that it had not had before, and now had two lesbian icons instead of Bianca by herself ... older more established heterosexual couples for the #1 spot on Internet and soap opera magazine readers' polls ...
Lena Kundera And Bianca Montgomery
... "Lianca" (for Lena and Bianca), they were the first lesbian couple on an American soap opera ... regularly surpassed older more established heterosexual couples for the #1 spot on Internet and soap opera magazine readers' polls ... the first to share a same-sex kiss in American soap opera history ...
Soap Opera - Parodies
... Several soap opera parodies have been produced ... "As the Stomach Turns", that spoofed the American soap opera As the World Turns ... was modeled on Crossroads and other British soap operas of the 1970s ...
Matthews (surname) - Fiction
... on Boy Meets World Courtney Matthews, popular heroine on the ABC soap opera General Hospital Dave Matthews (Family Affairs), fictional character in UK soap opera ...

Famous quotes containing the words soap opera, opera and/or soap:

    If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.
    Boy George (b. 1961)

    The opera isn’t over till the fat lady sings.
    —Anonymous.

    A modern proverb along the lines of “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.” This form of words has no precise origin, though both Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (16th ed., 1992)

    Television ... helps blur the distinction between framed and unframed reality. Whereas going to the movies necessarily entails leaving one’s ordinary surroundings, soap operas are in fact spatially inseparable from the rest of one’s life. In homes where television is on most of the time, they are also temporally integrated into one’s “real” life and, unlike the experience of going out in the evening to see a show, may not even interrupt its regular flow.
    Eviatar Zerubavel, U.S. sociologist, educator. The Fine Line: Making Distinctions in Everyday Life, ch. 5, University of Chicago Press (1991)