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Supernatural Soap Opera

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It's just a gothic soap — with vampires, werewolves, zombies, magic users, time travel...

Chris: It just cracks me up that Lex Luthor’s path to sinister corporate super-villain world domination begins with deciding how much money to allocate for traffic lights in Granville.
David: I bet we won’t even see Superman fly or wear a costume when this is over; the dramatic final shot will be Lois and Clark closing on a mortgage.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Lexmas")

A continuing series focusing on the personal relationships between several characters, usually following the form of the traditional daytime Soap Opera or Prime Time Soap. The difference is that the characters live in a world in which supernatural events and beings are commonplace, and as such the characters may often come into contact with vampires, ghosts, witches, etc. In some cases, the show's characters are themselves supernatural beings.

The original supernatural soap was ABC's daytime drama Dark Shadows, although the form was perhaps perfected by Joss Whedon's cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel. The New '10s has seen a resurgence in these types of shows aimed at the young adult market, merging the format with Teen Drama.

Supernatural Soap Opera is a subgenre of Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Fiction. Compare Fantastic Comedy.



Live Action TV

Web Original

  • Carmilla the Series.
  • Forever Sucks
  • Last Life
  • Some episodes of Welcome to Night Vale that focus more on Cecil's personal life, especially his relationship with Carlos.
  • The webcomic Selkie features a mysterious race of amphibian humanoids (mainly the titular Selkie), but is mostly about the drama and struggles of secret relatives, bullying, friendships, wacky plans going awry, betrayals, and forgiveness. Several characters In-Universe compare the plot to the Soap Opera genre.