Why we love soap operas so much

Viewers across the country have been tuning in to their favourite soaps for decades now and their popularity never seems to wane. Their story lines have been the talk of the office or factory floor since TV began, but why do we love these programmes so much?

Characters are like family

We spend a lot of time in the company of these characters and feel like we get to know them as if they are a member of the family or a friend. We laugh when they laugh and share in their grief in the same way we would for a person we knew and cared for. However, they have the added benefit of being removed just enough form our lives to act as escapism and not a source of real stress.

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Like an old friend

We all have that special friend who we don’t see for ages but when we meet up, it’s like we’ve never been apart. Soaps are like this too. We can drop out for a few weeks or months but pick up where we left off with relative ease. Thankfully, most soaps move at a slower pace, especially if they are on several times a week, so if we miss some episodes, we soon feel welcomed back and up to speed again. Make sure you don’t miss too many episodes due to a problem TV. Get things fixed with TV Aerial Installation Bristol.

Fascinating plot lines and secrets

What keeps us hooked are the twists and turns of drama that we don’t often come across in our real lives. The question over paternity, who killed so-and-so, will the affair be discovered and how will this love story end. All characters have incredible secrets that we know will eventually come out as characters cannot keep secrets well!


No matter whether the characters are in prison, in a car crash, on their death bed, giving birth – they always look fantastic. Perfectly made up and coiffured, with the benefits of soap lighting techniques. We know it’s not real but we enjoy seeing glam and seeking inspiration for a new look ourselves maybe!

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There’s always a well-stocked bar

Whatever time of day there always seems to be a fully stocked bar available in soap world. Whatever your tipple, most soap characters can easily pour you a drink whenever situations get tough. Either that or put the kettle on. There’s a lot of tea drinking in soaps too.

No one really dies

It has been said that characters in soaps have nine lives like a cat. If they die in one, chances are they’ll soon reappear one another soap. Of course, in some programmes, dead characters have even been resurrected in the past, making shocking returns in special episodes.