soap operas

5 Soap Opera Secrets Your Mom Never Told You

Learning about the dishy history of soaps for the most recent Stuff Mom Never Told You episode made me realize that maybe I gave them the brushoff a little too quickly. Sure, their plot lines are ridiculous (again, "Passions") and the acting overdone and, yes, Oprah has declared them dead, but they've made an indelible mark on television today.

It's no secret that some people think soap operas are just junky TV for housewives. But is that true? Join Cristen and Molly as they trace the history and evolution of soap operas and see how these shows have influenced most of what we watch today.