Soap Town

We revisit the definition of soap town.

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Every Friday I define a new soap term. Find more of them on the Soap Opera Jargon page.

Soap Town – Soap operas are sometimes set in a real town like Washington, D.C. (Capitol), Los Angeles (The Bold and the Beautiful), or Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara) and sometimes in a soap town. Soaps set in a real town tend to do better in the ratings internationally than those set in soap towns. A soap town is a made up town. Normally it’s the size of a small city, large enough that anything the writers may want to put there (factories, airports, corporate headquarters, yacht clubs) is viable, small enough to that a small group of people can easily make up the ruling elite of the town. Sometimes these towns are tied to a particular state and sometimes not, for example, All My Children is…

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