soap opera

(redirected from Daytime serial)
Also found in: Thesaurus.

soap opera

n.
1. A drama, typically performed as a serial on daytime television or radio, characterized by stock characters and situations, sentimentality, and melodrama.
2. A series of experiences characterized by dramatic displays of emotion.

[From its originally having been sponsored by soap companies.]

soap opera

n
(Broadcasting) a serialized drama, usually dealing with domestic themes and characterized by sentimentality, broadcast on radio or television
[C20: so called because manufacturers of soap were typical sponsors]

soap′ op`er•a

(ˈɒp ər ə, ˈɒp rə)
n.
a radio or television series depicting the interconnected lives of many characters often in a sentimental, melodramatic way.
[1935–40, Amer.; so called because soap manufacturers were among the original sponsors of such programs]

soap opera

- Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927).
See also related terms for opera.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soap opera - 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 serialized program usually dealing with sentimentalized family matters that is broadcast on radio or television (frequently sponsored by a company advertising soap products)
serial, series - a serialized set of programs; "a comedy series"; "the Masterworks concert series"
Translations
culebrot
rozhlasový/televizní seriálseriál
sæbeopera
saippuaoopperasaippuasarja
sapunica
szappanopera
sápuópera, sápa
ソープオペラ昼メロ
연속극
soapsoap operasoapreekssoapserie
telenovelă
rozhlasový/televízny seriál
telenovelatelevizijska limonada
såpoperatvålopera
ละครน้ำเน่า
chương trình truyền hình nhiều tập

soap opera

ntelenovela, soap opera f inv

soap

(səup) noun
a mixture containing oils or fats and other substances, especially formed into small regularly-shaped pieces and used in washing. He found a bar of soap and began to wash his hands.
verb
to rub with soap. She soaped the baby all over.
ˈsoapy adjective
1. covered with, or full of, soap. soapy water.
2. like soap. This chocolate has a soapy taste.
ˈsoapiness noun
soap opera
a radio or television serial broadcast weekly, daily etc, especially one that continues from year to year, that concerns the daily life, troubles etc of the characters in it.

soap opera

مُسَلْسَلٌ دْرَامِيّ seriál sæbeopera Seifenoper σαπουνόπερα culebrón, telenovela saippuaooppera feuilleton télévisé sapunica soap opera ソープオペラ 연속극 soap opera såpeopera opera mydlana novela мыльная опера tvålopera ละครน้ำเน่า pembe dizi chương trình truyền hình nhiều tập 肥皂剧
References in periodicals archive ?
North played the role of Sandy Horton for a few years on the NBC daytime serial 6 "Days of Our Lives.
Adair, who began her career as an actress, dreamed up the concept with fellow writer Peter Ling after being asked to come up with a daytime serial to fill a gap.
There was a time when daytime serial producers had a lot more money to spend and the flashiest (read: priciest) episodes would typically be slamdunk Emmy submissions.
As daytime serial drama transitioned from radio to television across the 1950s, the genre retained its firm association with an audience of housewives.
Cooper, born in the California town of Taft in 1928, joined the daytime serial six months after its March 1973 debut, staking claim to the title of longest-tenured cast member.
In one of the most notable contributions to "Why Listen" research, "What Do We Know About Daytime Serial Listeners" (1), Dr.
DoCTors Mon-Fri BBC1 In a week of violence and death in soapland, this daytime serial comes up with one of the most terrifying episodes of the week.
The 27-year-old actress, who plays senior practice nurse Michelle Corrigan in the daytime serial, branded the plot among "the best pieces of serial".
He asks: "When her daughter who appeared in a daytime serial fell ill, which Hollywood actress stepped in to play her part until she recovered from surgery?
Working with Mickey and Steve are Darren Fairhurst, responsible for scripting more than 50 episodes of Hollyoaks, and now writing ITV daytime serial The Royal Today, and Tom Higgins, who worked on Brookside and now writes The Bill.
Other DGA winners Saturday included Joe Sargent for the HBO movie ``Something the Lord Made,'' Walter Hill for the HBO drama series ``Deadwood,'' Tim Van Patten for the HBO comedy series ``Sex and the City,'' Bruce Gowers for the CBS musical variety special ``Genius: A Night for Ray Charles,'' Bruce Barry for the CBS daytime serial ``Guiding Light,'' Stuart Gillard for the children's program ``Going to the Mat,'' and Noam Murro for outstanding directorial achievement in commercials.
A frothy primetime soap with a definite naughty streak, the program looks well suited to scratch an itch for daytime serial fans ABC abandoned, and its salacious qualities are compatible with the summer timeslot behind The Bachelorette.