A new study has found that there are a handful of “superb” and “great” soap operas in the United States, but they are actually quite different.
The study, published in the journal Dramatica, also found that the vast majority of American soap operatic productions are either terrible or extremely bad.
The main categories of “bad” soap opera are drama, comedy, romantic, and historical.
The most successful dramas, on the other hand, tend to be comedy, romance, and horror.
The worst soap opera is comedy and drama.
The researchers found that a majority of the top-rated soap operases in the U.S. are actually terrible, with just seven “superlative” films making the list of the best-performing shows in the country.
The top three were “A Night at the Opera” by The New York Times, “The Wedding Singer” by Universal Pictures, and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The study also noted that some of the most successful films are comedies and crime dramas.
Overall, the study found that American soap opera was “more popular” in the 20th century than in the 1960s, with more than half of all soap operaces featuring at least one female lead.
The authors of the study, Jessica N. Hagen and Jennifer B. Tull, argue that the success of contemporary American soapoperas is largely due to the rise of women and the emergence of “dramatic female leads.”
“In the 20 years since the dawn of modern drama, many great women have been rising to the challenge of leading a dramatic, high-stakes, female-led, ensemble cast in a genre which for so long had been dominated by men,” the authors wrote in the study.
“This is especially true of women who have made dramatic breakthroughs in the field of acting, leading women in leading roles, and women who are both strong and wise.
As an artistic medium, drama has always been a women’s art, and the rise and fall of women’s dramas has been the subject of critical discussion for decades.”
The researchers noted that American drama “is still a relatively young medium, with less than 20 years of full-length, independent productions of original scripts, but there is a strong history of male involvement in drama.”
“The most notable example of a male director directing a drama is Arthur Conan Doyle,” the researchers wrote.
“Theodore Dreiser, for example, directed ‘The Long Goodbye’ in 1960.
He directed three other ‘Dreiser’ films between 1964 and 1967, including ‘The Lost Weekend’ in 1968.
He was also the director of the popular ‘The Phantom and the Soldier’ from 1968 to 1973.”
“American women in the theater” have long been celebrated, but the study notes that the trend toward women in acting has “taken a downward spiral.”
It noted that the number of female-driven movies, dramas, and musicals has grown in the last half-century, with “the number of major female directors rising steadily since the 1970s.”
“Although the number and percentage of women in major directorial roles has increased significantly over the last 40 years, the numbers of women directors of major films have remained essentially unchanged,” the study concluded.
“As the number, size, and quality of women-driven films continue to increase, it will become increasingly difficult to claim that American women are still the dominant creative force in the industry.”