A soap opera, sometimes referred to as a "soap," is a television or radio program that airs in episodic series. Early soap operas were broadcast solely over the radio at a time when most housewives were available to listen, targeting them as the main audience. A crucial element in soap operas is the open-ended nature of the show: story lines usually continue for many episodes.

Plot and story lines Edit

Story lines often focus on romance, forbidden love, and oftentimes affairs. They are usually intricate, convoluted, and occasionally confusing. Violent crimes such as murder and rape will often go unpunished for the purpose of a story line.

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