Days of our Lives is an American soap opera which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965 on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world. It also broadcasts on SOAPnet weeknights at 6PM and 11PM ET/PT. The series was created by husband-and-wife team Ted Corday and Betty Corday along with Irna Phillips in 1964 and many of the first stories were written by William J. Bell.
As NBC's flagship soap opera, it is the network's sole remaining serial daytime drama series and the only daytime program other than Today and Early Today, both NBC News productions.
Days of our Lives is currently the third longest-running soap opera in the United States. Among episodic programs worldwide, it stands fourth in total episode count, and has the most surviving episodes, with its entire broadcast run intact on either kinescope or videotape. (Although the British soap Coronation Street has aired since 1960 and is also intact, it has aired more than 4,000 fewer episodes than Days.)