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I have read that "Dallas" is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following series are soap operas:

  • "Supergirl"
  • "Lucifer"
  • "Supernatural"
  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "How I met your mother"
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples? How is a soap different from a sitcom?

I have read that "Dallas" is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following series are soap operas:

  • "Supergirl"
  • "Lucifer"
  • "Supernatural"
  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "How I met your mother"
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples?

I have read that "Dallas" is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following series are soap operas:

  • "Supergirl"
  • "Lucifer"
  • "Supernatural"
  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "How I met your mother"
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples? How is a soap different from a sitcom?

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I have read that Dallas"Dallas" is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following sereisseries are soap operas:

  • Supergirl"Supergirl"
  • Lucifer"Lucifer"
  • Supernatural"Supernatural"
  • "The Big Bang TheoryTheory"
  • How"How I met your mothermother"
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples?

I have read that Dallas is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following sereis are soap operas:

  • Supergirl
  • Lucifer
  • Supernatural
  • Big Bang Theory
  • How I met your mother
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples?

I have read that "Dallas" is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following series are soap operas:

  • "Supergirl"
  • "Lucifer"
  • "Supernatural"
  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "How I met your mother"
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples?

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What is a "soap"?

I have read that Dallas is a soap, I know that it is a genre, but what are key elements of a soap? Is it just anything schmaltzy?

Wikipedia does not help me a lot:

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships.

According to this, I would say the following sereis are soap operas:

  • Supergirl
  • Lucifer
  • Supernatural
  • Big Bang Theory
  • How I met your mother
  • ... basically all series?

Except for "How I met your mother", I would not have called any of the above a soap. Can somebody give me a definition and some examples + counter-examples?