soap opera n.
1. a radio or TV drama series, e.g. The Archers, Coronation Street, which tells the interminable tale of supposedly ‘ordinary life’; thus soap v., to watch a soap opera.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
3. also in fig. use, of anything endlessly repetitive, albeit melodramatic.
[2000s] (US) a fan or devotee of a radio or TV drama series.