A serialized drama that's like a daytime SoapOpera but shown in the evening.

In the US, prime time soaps tend to have a once-a-week format. Their glory days have passed since ''{{Dallas}}'' was cancelled. Most prime time soaps since then have been short-lived (such as ''2000 Malibu Road'' and ''Pasadena'') or [[TeenDrama targeted at teenagers]]. {{MyNetworkTV}}, in its first year, attempted to give the genre a comeback by infusing it with a daytime soap-esque play schedule (a new ep every night of the week). It went over about as well as one would expect -- all of the shows were US remakes of Latin American telenovelas, which meant that their target audience was more inclined to watch new shows ''en espaņol''.

In the U.K. and Australia, Prime Time Soaps are a lot less glitzy than in the U.S., and tend to form an important part of the prime time schedule, with the likes of ''{{Eastenders}}'', ''CoronationStreet'' and ''{{Emmerdale}}'' being the most popular shows in the UK (until the likes of ''BritainsGotTalent'' and ''Series/TheVoice'' came along, but that's another story).
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!!Examples:
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* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''
* ''Series/CentralParkWest''
* ''Series/CoronationStreet''
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}''
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek''
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives''
* ''Series/DirtySexyMoney''
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey''
* ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''
* ''EastEnders''
* ''{{Emmerdale}}''
* ''Falcon Crest''
* ''Flamingo Road''
* ''Series/HomeAndAway''
* ''Series/{{Girls}}''
* ''Literature/GossipGirl''
* ''KnotsLanding''
* ''Series/MelrosePlace''
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}''
* ''Series/TheOC''
* ''Series/OneTreeHill''
* ''One Man's Family'' (which spent [[LongRunner 27 years -- 1932 to 1959 -- on radio]] and was in Prime Time between 1949 and 1952 and in daytime in the 1954-1955 season)
* ''PeytonPlace''
* ''SinSenosNoHayParaiso''
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}''
* ''ShortlandStreet''
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity''
* ''{{Tinsel}}''
* ''{{Generations}}''
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''
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