As 2014 comes to a close, we took a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps!
As it does every year, On-Air On-Soaps take this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s format is always astounding, and to be admired for its sheer volume of material that is churned out in such shorter order, and the caliber of it! But of course, in addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not so stellar moments, characters, storylines, and more that get the dubious honor of some of the “Worst’s”!
So with that said; we give you our Best and Worst in Soaps 2014! As you will read, we try to dissect it all in our look back at the year through our various categories. In several instances it was a tight a race to call, and so, we had to call it a “tie”. In other instances, several runner-ups are noted that deserved special recognition in their respective categories.
Now, while we know many of you have your own picks and choices, and may disagree or agree with our picks, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well. And most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours. Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community of site visitors and fans, a healthy, prosperous, and festive New Year! It is all of you with your unbridled passion and devotion to the soaps genre itself, who root for the characters and performers you love, that make this such a special and unique medium.
So here we go … after the jump, we reveal the list of the Best and Worst in Soaps 2014!
SOAPMAKERS OF THE YEAR
Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati – General Hospital – Entertaining, clever, dramatic storytelling mixed in with some camp, an exhilarated pace, a powerful cast, and some of the biggest talent acquisitions in one year under the guidance of the dynamic duo of Cartini, make Frank and Ron our choice for our highest honors: Soapmakers of the Year 2014. Read the interview with the honorees here!
General Hospital – 2014 was a fun romp through Port Charles with mysteries, villainess returns, heartbreaking moments, major events, and even some new characters that sparked the action. Yes, it is outlandish, it’s got inside humor, and its performances are raw and often tour de force, and yes, sometimes campy. But here’s the thing … even the other soap production entities always want to know what is happening on General Hospital! So whether you agree with its current style, or not, people are talking about it, and that’s a good thing in a genre that has dwindled to four shows.
BEST SOAP PRODUCTION VALUES
The Bold and the Beautiful – No other daytime drama on the air has: the consistency of production values for its look and feel of traditional soap and the contemporary; the music underscores, the location shoots in beautiful, romantic, or exotic locales; the slo-mo camera shots, and the transitions from scene to scene with exterior footage of Los Angeles, etc; makes this show almost feel like a hybrid of how scenes segue on a reality series. B&B clearly has set the bar in terms of their total package delivery from episode to episode, and not to mention the fashion. And if romance is your passion, this is the soap for you.
MOST DISAPPOINTING SOAP
Days of our Lives – When a soap opera is set to lose its biggest stars, where was the next A storyline and set-up to hold the audiences interest? It wasn’t there! Once Alison Sweeney (Sami) and James Scott (EH) left the canvas, it felt like the series had nothing else going-on that could hold viewers interest in a major way. Even Kristen’s return this time didn’t quite play out as strong as we had hoped, no fault to Eileen Davidson’s (Kristen) always brilliant star turn. Forced couples and romances, characters we don’t care about, and newbies, just aren’t what the doctor should have ordered in Salem to help keep this show on track, which is a shame, because at times DAYS in 2014 was can’t-miss-soap! Here’s hoping their big 5-0 brings some much needed shake-ups, some familiar faces we would love to see return to Salem, and some characters we care about what happens to them!
MOST INCONSISTENT SOAP
The Young and the Restless – Celebrating their 26th consecutive year at number one this December, Y&R has been the gold standard of the current daytime dramas left on network television. However, 2014 was a tough go. They had to recover from the devastating losses of Billy Miller, Michael Muhney, and Michelle Stafford … all who were beloved actors and characters by the Y&R audience. They found their man in Justin Hartley for the role of Adam, whose story is getting very intriguing at the tail end of the year; they got Gina as Phyllis who ruined Shick’s wedding; and they fumbled through missteps in recasting Billy Abbott. But some plots like Neil’s blindness, the music box mystery, boring romances, and Ian Ward were just not captivating. While others, such as the Mariah mystery, were at times inspired storytelling. Can new head writer Chuck Pratt put this show on the fast track in 2015? We shall see!
BEST WEB SERIES
Beacon Hill – An all-star cast led by Sarah Brown and Alicia Minshew in a joint venture by Crystal Chappell’s Open Book Productions and Bella Books and their production company, teased us with some great production value, story, and powerful performances, and left us wanting more! Will there be a season two in 2015?
MOST DISAPPOINTING NEWS FOR SOAP FANS
The Departure of Alison Sweeeney and James Scott – Days of our Lives – When two big names leave the show almost simultaneously… it is a big blow to the niche of daytime soap operas! The decision by both Alison Sweeney and James Scott to exit the series put an end to EJami, with a story carrot tangling, if and when these two want to return! But it left a gaping hole that is still felt on the show.
Dallas is cancelled! – After the most rocking cliffhanger in its third season on TNT, the reboot of Dallas was unceremoniously axed by the cable network, setting off a “Save the Dallas” campaign which unfortunately did not end with a good outcome. After trying to shop the series to another television outlet, the series showrunners; Cynthia Cidre and Michael Robin came forward to tell their loyal audience: Dallas is R.I.P.!
BEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
Nurses Ball 2014 – General Hospital – Whether you think it’s fun, or a train wreck, the Nurses Ball on GH once again offered surprises with Dr. Obrecht’s opening number rendition of, “Wilkommen”, Brad serenading Lucas with a dance tune, and the touching finale where friends and families left the ball to head to the hospital where Patrick and Sabrina were holding vigil over baby Gabriel. Laughs, musical performances, and hankies rolled into one!
Carlypalooza – General Hospital – Smart move! The way it was done to be able to bring back Sarah Brown, Tamara Braun and the current Carly, Laura Wright in story for the 51st anniversary episode, was a treat for longtime fans.
WORST EVENT OF THE YEAR
The 41st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Live Stream – We were shoved up against a poll on the red carpet and could barely be seen, or could barely shoot our interviews! Meanwhile, four millennial gals with large social media followings, and never heard of before by daytime audiences, took over the red carpet live stream show, and infuriated the viewing audience, insulted the genre, and were prone to outbursts of: “OMG!” “I want to rape you”, “Awesome”, and “Who are you?” and so much more! This, while trying to interview their subjects.
BEST PRIMETIME SOAP
Dallas – This was a soap opera on steroids! Every scene a twist, every scene a backstabbing, and even we were shocked at the storylines! The final cliffhangers where we learn that there is another Ewing out there … a daughter … and Christopher blew up in a car, and more, left us excited for a season four. But now that’s what we are left with … making it up in our minds of what happens next!
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PRIMETIME SOAP
Judith Light as Judith Ryland – Dallas – Judith chewed the scenery in every delicious moment she was on screen as cocaine snorting, vindictive crime boss, mother, and grandmother from hell, Judith Ryland. She really should be nominated for a Primetime Emmy for this, or at least for her other star turns this year in Transparent!
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Anthony Geary – General Hospital – Say what you want about the Luke/Fluke storyline, but you can’t beat the acting acrobatics of seven-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tony Geary. Even though he was off the canvas for a huge chunk of time in 2014, every time Geary was on-screen he was fascinating playing Fluke, and Luke, or whoever else he may be, with different distinct nuances of each character. You just can’t get better than this. The first showdown scene between Luke and Fluke at Miscavige is Emmy worthy!
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Maura West – General Hospital – What a year in the life of Ava Jerome! She’s trying to avoid a murder rap, she is having sex with young Morgan Corinthos, she screws his father Sonny on AJ’s grave, she runs over Jason Morgan, she gets pregnant and is induced into labor by a revenge-seeking Nina Clay, who kidnaps her baby! Each and every beat of the major moments, and all the ones played in between, were played to stunning perfection by the incomparable Maura West!
Alison Sweeney – Days of our Lives – In her almost 22 year run on DAYS, Alison Sweeney never had the year she had in her swan song! She was handed great material to showcase her, and she made the most of it! Sami’s revenge plot, EJ’s “death”, and finding herself suddenly a widow, were just a few of the morsels she executed to perfection. Sweeney is missed!
BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE MALE IN A STORYLINE
Roger Howarth – Hallowedding Wedding – General Hospital – Talk about your showcase and tour de force! Roger Howarth’s ‘Franco’ went back to being bad, and we liked it! His subdued, sinister and snide, and breathtaking performance at Carly and Franco’s wedding, where he dismantled Carly and Michael’s lives bit by bit, was awesome! And yes, we did like the popcorn pantomime!
Anthony Geary – Luke meets Fluke for the first time at Miscavige – General Hospital- Fluke almost spitting at the camera, and Luke drooling … and everything in between!
Blake Berris – Nick tells Julie he wants to change his life shortly before he is shot – Day of our Lives – A star turn monologue before Nick gets shot through the heart by the best young actor around.
BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE FEMALE IN A STORYLINE
Alison Sweeney – Sami reveals her revenge plan to EJ and let’s Abigail have a piece of her mind – Days of our Lives – Alison made us transfixed in the scenes as she goes to visit EJ in the slammer, and tells him that she set him up, took his company, and has known all along that her husband was having a fling with Abigail! She tells him she going to make him pay and suffer like she did. But then, Sami hightails over to Jennifer’s house and tells “Dear Abby” she knows that she had sex in the shower of the changing room at the company with EJ! You go, Sami!
MOST RIVETING PERFORMANCE BY A DUO
Maura West and Michelle Stafford –– Nina induces Ava’s labor then kidnaps her baby girl – General Hospital – The two titans! This was what GH fans were waiting to see, and Maura West and Michelle Stafford delivered it via unsettling, haunting, and gut-wrenching scenes!
Finola Hughes and Anders Hove – General Hospital – Faison and Anna have a showdown after a year of him being “imprisoned” by Robert and Anna, only he actually escaped. Watching Finola and Anders go at it in scenes together is such a treat; so much intensity, pain, and history there.
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jacob Young – The Bold and the Beautiful - Rick being wronged, jilted, being betrayed by his father, his brother, and his wife, and then being duplicitous himself, finally gave Jacob Young something worthy of his talents; and thus far he has played to the hilt!
Freddie Smith – Days of our Lives – We loved Sonny during his wedding to Will, we loved Sonny navigating through the arrival of his ex, and we have loved Freddie’s portrayal of a good guy. For once, a nice guy can be interesting on DAYS!
Blake Berris – Days of our Lives - A fearless actor who can play it all, Nick’s revenge plot and his ultimate demise, showed that Blake was another blow to DAYS when he left the series.
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathleen Gati – General Hospital – You have to give it to the fearless Kathleen Gati! If she is thrown a ridiculous campy moment, she makes the most of it. Some of it works big time, and at other times, the audience is left scratching their heads. Liesl Obrecht will sing to spite the minions at GH, or sing to try to reach her children and ask for forgiveness. She goes toe-to-toe in a war of words with her sister Magda, or her nemesis, Anna Devane, and shows her undying devotion to the evil Cesar Faison. This year she also said goodbye to her daughter Britta, met her son Nathan, and she “killed” Victor Cassadine! Oh … and she sang “Wilkommen”!
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN UNDERUTILIZED VETERAN
Susan Seaforth Hayes – Nick’s death and his final moments – Days of our Lives – Can we please write a story that gives this fantastic veteran actress something to do? We were reminded of her greatness in Nick’s final conversation with Julie before he died, and then her devastation at his death.
BEST CHILD PERFORMER AND SCENE STEALER OF THE YEAR
Nicolas Bechtel – General Hospital – Spencer Cassadine rules! When Nicolas Bechtel came on to GH as Prince Nikolas’ son, Bechtel has played every hilarious line, and every moment to comedic or dramatic perfection, with such a delivery and at such a young age. He also, by the way, steals every scene he is in against some of the heavy hitters of daytime!
BEST NEWCOMER MALE
Billy Flynn – Days of our Lives – Flynn had the tough task at coming in and making the role of Chad DiMera his own, following the departure of the beloved Casey Deidrick. Billy has done that and made the character his own, infusing a new sexy and dangerous life into the guy!
BEST NEWCOMER FEMALE
Vinessa Antoine – General Hospital – This Charlie’s Angels style character has been portrayed to the hilt by soap newcomer Antoine. Whether she is double-crossing the mob, or the drug lords, or hooking up with Sean, we root for this chick!
BEST NEW CHARACTER, FEMALE
Nina Clay – General Hospital – Now many in the GH audience cannot stand the character of Nina Clay! However, she came in with her laundry list of revenge against those who wronged her, and gave us plenty of drama to watch over the last six months of the year. Michelle Stafford plays Cray Cray bitch better than anyone!
BEST NEW CHARACTER, MALE
Paul Narita – Days of our Lives – Thank God for Paul, right? Will and Sonny needed some shaking up, and this closeted pro baseball player is the guy to do it. Fans are already rooting for it to be PaulSon, instead of WilSon, in short order!
Justin Hartley as Adam Newman – The Young and the Restless – Justin Hartley has come in and hit the ground running in the pivotal role of Adam Newman, following fan favorite Michael Muhney dismissal. Hartley is the real deal, and is already captivating us with his unique turn on the character. The guy to watch in 2015!
Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott – The Young and the Restless – This is really not all the fault of Burgess Jenkins, who is doing an admirable job playing the role of Billy Abbott, as he seems to be written now … as more of a traditional soap opera leading man. However, this is not the character we all know and loved! The problem is: Jenkins had to follow in the footsteps of Billy Miller, who defined the role and was exceptional in it, and then David Tom, who for the life of us shouldn’t have been let go so soon after returning to the role when he was the first adult Billy to begin with, and is a great actor to boot!
Cady McClain as Kelly Andrews – The Young and the Restless - Soap fans have loved the work of Cady McClain in her previous roles, but after having to follow another Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros as Kelly, and then having wishy-washy story, it just doesn’t work. It would have been better to bring McClain on to Y&R in a new role than as a replacement for an ill-conceived character.
Anders Hove as Faison on General Hospital - He comes in and out from time to time from Denmark to Los Angeles to tape some episodes of GH; and every time he is on the screen he commands it with such an inspired, unexpected, and quirky performance you just never know what you’re going to get! “The Best Villain Evah!” as Kimberly McCullough once said!
Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera -Days of our Lives – Eileen is so good at playing the evil, twisted, and venomous Kristen! Whether it be playing a game of cat and mouse with Daniel, or stealing an embryo, or doing anything to get back with the man of her desires… Brady Black!
Ray Wise as Ian Ward – The Young and the Restless – This started out so promising and then just went nowhere, and we didn’t care about Ian and his “creepiness” … any longer!
Sonny and Will’s Wedding – Days of our Lives – Every time we watch this we need the hankies! Beautifully acted, inspired writing, and touching speeches performed by: Peggy McKay, Bryan Dattilo and Wally Kurth, plus watching it all unfold through the eyes of Sonny as played by Freddie Smith, who has been with this love story since the beginning– since Will was a recast – was touching, too.
BEST SPEECH -Fictional
Peggy McKay, as Caroline Brady speaking at Sonny and Will’s wedding – Days of our Lives – McKay broke hearts telling the story of The Brady’s Irish friends who were gay, and who could not let anyone know!
BEST SPEECH – Real Life
Joshua Morrow pays tribute to his long time co-star and friend Peter Bergman and Peter’s 25th anniversary celebration – The Young and the Restless – Joshua Morrow should be a speech writer! We needed the hankies, as he told the attendees what a co-worker, mentor, and friend, the one and only Bergman has been to him
WORST IDEA FOR AN EXIT
Alison Sweeney – Sami heads to Hollywood – Days of our Lives – So, Alison Sweeney delivers tour de force after tour de force, and then the concept of Sami’s exit is for her to head to Hollywood? Even the fans were predicting that she would meet up with EJ and the two would go off somewhere and hide from their enemies, and that didn’t happen. Sweeney and the fans deserved a better exit story!
MOST FRUSTRATING EXIT
Kimberly McCullough – Robin leaves Patrick and Emma yet again –General Hospital – This was so difficult to watch from the audience perspective after watching two years of Robin trying to get back to Patrick, only to have them reunited, and then for her to go off and save Jason, and leave her hubby and her beautiful little girl behind.
Kim Matula – Hope says her final goodbyes to Liam – The Bold and the Beautiful – Say what you will, the story was written quickly, and seemingly rushed since Matula opted to not stay with the series, but the final scenes with long time scene partner Scott Clifton worked with the dramatic music, camera work, and her final walk away into a dissolve… great soap!
AJ says one final goodbye to Monica before joining Lila and Edward in heaven – General Hospital - Leslie Charleson and Sean Kanan brought down the house on the 51st anniversary episode of GH, when after AJ dies he passes on by first saying goodbye to his mother Monica, and then joining grandparents Edward and Lila as they take him up the hospital stairs to heaven!
Patrick and Robin say goodbye complete with video montage of Scrubs scenes over the years – General Hospital – We couldn’t take it! The Scrubs montage reminded us of this duo’s incredible on-screen relationship, and then we watched a devastated Patrick try to cope with the fact that the wife he grieved for and who came back to him, was leaving him… again! Watch here!
Robin says goodbye to Anna – General Hospital We couldn’t take this either! Finola Hughes and Kimberly McCullough were at their best as the dynamic mother/daughter duo. Anna is devastated when Robin says she is going to Africa (wink-wink), and to really hit us in the gut, the series juxtaposed the classic clip of little Robin after being kidnapped running into the arms of her mother! Watch here!
Baby Gabriel dies – General Hospital – This provided Emmy-worthy material for Jason Thompson as Patrick grieves the loss of his little boy who died prematurely along with his former girlfriend Sabrina.
The 51st anniversary episode – General Hospital – An episode that gave you a death (AJ), welcome and unexpected returns (Carlys), Lucy Coe’s marriage drama, and an homage to the series history in the beginning moments with the wall of doctors at GH, and important members of the town now gone … it hit all the right notes!
Sonny and Will’s Wedding – Days of our Lives – When you watch this episode back, it’s the writing that was on the money, and a great step forward for the history of daytime soap opera with the first male gay wedding between two characters.
BEST DEATH SCENE
Thaao Penghlis – General Hospital – Victor is left bleeding out at Crichton-Clark, and has his final monologue with Liesl before he blows the place to bits!
James Scott – Days of our Lives – James gave a touching final turn when he told Sami to look out for the children before he took his final breath, or so we thought?
Sami’s revenge plot against EJ and Abigail – Days of our Lives - This was a well-crafted story that had DAYS fans on the edge of their seat just waiting to find out how Sami would find out about EJ and Abby’s liaisons, and when she did, what would she do! Riveting daytime drama at its best.
The Music Box Mystery - The Young and the Restless – Katherine’s legacy and her will, and the music box mystery, which was story for the talented Jess Walton as Jill, went nowhere. Even when the box was taken at the one year memorial gathering to honor Mrs C. at the end of the episode, did you care?
Ridge Can’t Draw – The Bold and the Beautiful – The fact that a storyline was carried on for as long as it did about nobody finding out that Ridge couldn’t draw after his fall via the chopper, via the sea, in the United Arab Emirates … was kind of ridiculous. If they were going to throw Caroline and Ridge in each other’s orbit, that is fine, but getting there through this plot point was hard to tolerate.
General Hospital – Big payoffs, umbrella stories, humor and camp, and excitement told through interwoven stories that showcased mostly its entire cast, made GH interesting each day of the week.
The Young and the Restless – Done-to-death plots, and ones that flopped, were a big part of the issue with the show in the early half of 2014; while the second half showed some promise.
MOST PROPESTEROUS PLOT TWIST
Liesl becomes Chief of Staff at GH – General Hospital – This makes no sense! This woman was responsible for holding Robin captive; the long running beloved heroine of the show, and did many horrific things in her lifetime, that even this suspension of belief was a hard one for us, as much as we love Kathleen Gati’s portrayal.
BEST STANDALONE EPISODE
EJ’s Dream/Nightmare – Sami Knows The Truth of His Affair with Abigail – Days of our Lives - It looked like Sami had finally found out about Abigail and EJ’s affair, and all hell broke loose, becoming more campy, and raucous, and even touching, along the way. Sweeney and Scott both gave fantastic performances, but as it turned out, this EJami special was all in EJ’s mind!
PLOT POINT WE HATED THE MOST
Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) receiving electroshock therapy and thus erasing her memory of her wrongdoings with the paternity test switch of Summer – The Young and the Restless - Watching Sharon endure electroshock therapy, because of visions of “Cassie” was so unsettling, when we all know the reason this was done was so that the writers had time to get Nick with Sharon together, only to break them up when her memory was finally jarred (that Sharon switched the paternity test results, which named Nick Summer’s bio-dad) with the return of Phyllis (Gina Tognoni).
MOST SHOCKING TWIST
Kristen steals Theresa’s embryo right out of her- Days of our Lives - Say what? How does this work exactly?
Shocker in the Stables – General Hospital – Julian goes to meet the mob boss/drug lord in the stables at Wyndemere at Nikolas’ engagement party … and it’s revealed to us for the first time that it’s Luke, err Fluke! Fade to Black!
BEST RETURN FEMALE
Camyrn Grimes – Mariah Copeland – The Young and the Restless – We were glad to see Camryn Grimes back on Y&R and in a new role, not as a popping up vision of Cassie. This was the most interesting return and storyline on Y&R all year, and Camyrn was fantastic!
BEST RETURN MALE
Rick Hearst – Ric Lansing – General Hospital – In recent scenes when Ric returned for a second time this year, and was reunited with Molly and Elizabeth after being in the Witness Protection Program, or stuffed in the trunk of a car, we were reminded just how great Mr. Hearst is!
BEST RETURN – Short visit
Shemar Moore – Malcolm Winters – The Young and the Restless – Even though it was short, and even though to some this was a non-event, we loved the scenes between Shemar and his on-screen brother, Kristoff St. John. Shemar has grown up from his soap days into an accomplished nuanced actor. We were touched by his arrival and his exit that touched upon the Winters brothers’ history.
WORST RETURN – Short visit
Robert Kelker Kelly – Stavros Cassadine – General Hospital (the last time at Crichton-Clark) – We have no idea what inflection RKK was using in his scenes where he chained Lulu and Dante to the walls. It wasn’t even campy, it was just … strange!
MOST DESPISED CHARACTER
Levi Dunkleman/Peter Harrell Jr. – General Hospital – After hippie-dippy Levi showed up in PC with Maxie, we knew something was up! When he cut his hair we liked him a tad better, and when he showed his evil side we liked him a bit more … but still this seemed to be the most despised man on soaps in 2014!
MOST RUINED CHARACTER
Sharon Newman- The Young and the Restless – How many years in a row can we give this to the character of Sharon Newman? This is such a shame, because Sharon Case is a solid actress. But, the fictional Sharon’s actions, reactions, and stories make us wish for the old Sharon of long ago, each and every time.
MOST BORING CHARACTERS
Jordan Ridgeway – Days of our Lives - Chrishell Stause’s character never clicked, the character was a dud. Romance, a back-story, nothing worked, because it felt all thrown in.
Ben Rogers – Days of our Lives - Rob Scott Wilson’s character isn’t clicking either. The character is a dud at this point.
WORST VISUAL PLOT DEVICE (Tie)
Aly talking to her dead mother Darla’s superimposed head – The Bold and the Beautiful – How could we keep a straight face when Schae Harrison’s head was up near the ceiling, as her on-screen daughter talked to her deceased mother?
Hands Newman – The Young and the Restless – With no Adam in sight, or casted yet, we watched for months as a man’s hands showed emotion of anger and upset! Ya gotta do, what ya gotta do, to keep the story moving.
Franco’s eyeball –cam necklace – General Hospital – The necklace was so unattractive, we don’t know why Carly, who dresses very well, would even wear it! (Laughs) On the bright side, thank God, it helped unspool Sonny Corinthos’ cover-ups!
MOST OVERUSED PLOT DEVICE
Embryos – From GH’s Stavros and Helena, to DAYS Kristen, and everyone in between!
MOST ANNOYING PLOT DEVICE
Neil goes blind, so he can’t see that his wife and Devon are having an affair and making goo-goo eyes at each other – The Young and the Restless - This was a soap cliché, and made us want Hilary and Devon’s affair to come out way, way, sooner than later!
MOST OVERUSED CHARACTER
Stitch – The Young and the Restless – This man is everywhere … and why? We endured his story of being wrongly-accused of murder (as we come to find out after months and months), and he seems to be the man every woman wants to be with on the show: Victoria, Ashley, Abby! There is just way too much of Stitch, and not enough of some of the other cast.
Nathan and Maxie – General Hospital - Seriously, the cutest couple we have seen on the soaps in a long, long time. Great chemistry between Ryan Paevey and Kirsten Storms.
Michael and Lauren – The Young and the Restless – These two have a quirky relationship; with twists and turns, and face infidelity, and cancer, with complex and raw reactions better than any other duo on the soaps!
MOST TORTURED COUPLE
EJ and Sami – Days of our Lives – They went out as they had started … tortured, conflicted, fighting, loving and hating … but in the end there was love.
Sharon and Nick – The Young and the Restless – Shick just can’t catch a break to stay together longer than a few months, anymore.
COUPLE THAT NO MATTER WHAT THE WRITERS THREW IN THE STORY TO MAKE THEM INTERESTING … JUST WEREN’T
Jennifer and Daniel – Days of our Lives – A psycho named Liam, Kristen issues, sons and daughters, no matter what the writers try to do to make the viewers invest in this couple, it just didn’t work. Dannifer is over, and fans are rejoicing!
MOST BORING COUPLE
Dylan and Avery – The Young and the Restless - From cooking shows to coffee houses, to the bedroom, to proposals, to family problems, to Avery being held at gunpoint by Austin … this couple is just hard to watch and tolerate, because they’re so damn sweet! This is not good, since Steve Burton and Jessica Collins are fine actors, who deserve a meaty romantic story, if you are going to pair them together.
JJ and Paige – Days of our Lives – Forced couple with no investment from viewers #1
Rafe and Jordan – Days of our Lives – Forced couple with no investment from viewers #2
MOST WASTED CHARACTER
Cane Ashby – The Young and the Restless – This character has had nothing significant to do. Daniel Goddard deserves a story, if you are keeping him as part of the show.
Bill and Quinn get their freak on – The Bold and the Beautiful – “50 Shades of Dollar Bill Spencer” happened as Quinn and Bill showed their S&M sides!
BEST LOVE TRIANGLE
Spencer/Emma/Cameron – General Hospital – 2014 will be remembered as the year the child love triangle was more exciting than any of the adult ones!
Liam/Hope/Wyatt – The Bold and the Beautiful – How many ways could they have played this story? The performances were great from Matula, Clifton, and Brooks, but the audience had to be growing oh-so-tired of it!
MOST RIDICULOUS CAMEO
Bob Barker punching out Wyatt Spencer – The Bold and the Beautiful - Yes. We know it’s the beloved Bob Barker, and it was over getting the message out about the importance of pet adoption, but this stunt seemed geared to the elderly, and even they didn’t find it funny, probably.
So, after reviewing our picks, which do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? What are your thoughts on the Best and Worst in Soaps of 2014? Were you happy to see some of your favorites and favorites shows getting year-end honors? Share your thoughts below!