soap opera

soap opera (plural soap operas)

  1. A radio or television serial, typically broadcast in the afternoon or evening, about the lives of melodramatic characters, which are often filled with strong emotions, highly dramatic situations and suspense.
    Synonyms: soap, daytime serial, story
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    • 2002, Robert C. Allen, To Be Continued...: Soap Operas Around the World, Routledge (ISBN 9781134837038), page 81:
      This chapter considers the growing interest in the popular Welsh-language soap opera, Pobol Y Cwm (People of the Valley), and the extent to which discourses of Welshness and definitions of cultural and national identity contribute to the appeal and longevity of the soap.
    • 2014, Frank J. Lechner, John Boli, The Globalization Reader, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 9781118737026), page 393:
      It also followed the very successful long-running soap opera, Neighbours.

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