Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more likely to feature the entire cast in each episode, and to represent all current storylines in each episode.
Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger.
When one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes typically end on some sort of cliffhanger, and the season finale (if a soap incorporates a break between seasons) ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast.
Australian and UK soap operas also feature a significant proportion of romance storylines.
In Russia, most popular serials explore the "romantic quality" of criminal and/or oligarch life.
Soap opera storylines sometimes weave intricate, convoluted and sometimes confusing tales of characters who have affairs, meet mysterious strangers and fall in love, and who commit adultery, all of which keeps audiences hooked on the unfolding story.
Crimes such as kidnapping, rape, and even murder may go unpunished if the perpetrator is to be retained in the ongoing story.However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English, Zulu and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa (the subtitles are always in English).In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are frequently attractive, seductive, glamorous and wealthy."Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as 'chance happenings, coincidences, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found across the gamut of soap operas, from East Enders to Dallas.Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are completely English (or in the case of a foreign soap opera, dubbed into English).Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots, usually five days a week, when most of the listeners would be housewives; thus, the shows were aimed at and consumed by a predominantly female audience.