Best of 2012: Soap Opera Edition

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Billy & Victoria, The Young and the Restless

Y&R’s Billy and Victoria endured and overcame many obstacles, with their love pulling them through some very trying times. They survived Victor’s schemes to break them apart and their own marital issues. They welcomed the child Billy unwillingly conceived with Chelsea into their family and stuck together when fears of losing the child surfaced. Their love conquers when all else fails. They’re not afraid to make mistakes. They support each other even when others try to convince them otherwise. They’ve earned their place on our list because of their unrelenting faith and determination to make their marriage work. Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle’s ability to transcend lackluster writing is a talent not many possess. May Billy and Victoria have a happy (and less dramatic) 2013.

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Dante & Lulu, General Hospital

Dante and Lulu went through very realistic rough patches in 2012. It’s not uncommon for newlyweds to question their individual identity. Do you lose yourself? Are you just an extension of your spouse? Lulu’s frustration with her career prospects and questions over her new role as Mrs. Dante Falconeri led her to the bottle and some self-searching, but it was the love of her husband that helped her through it. It was Dante’s turn to question his marriage when Lulu began working with ex-lover Johnny, but that quickly passed when he realized his wife would only have eyes for him. Lulu and Dante’s quest to have children only endeared them more in our hearts. Their love is not always easy, but it’s true love.

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Will and Sonny, Days of our Lives

Being a show’s first homosexual pairing carries a lot of expectations. One of the most refreshing things about Will and Sonny’s relationship is its portrayed just as any heterosexual couple would be. They kiss, they hold hands, they make love. They aren’t “the gay couple” on the show, they’re a couple. And one of our favorites for 2012.

Watching them grow from friends to being in love was one of the highlights of the year for DAYS. Sonny was supportive during Will’s struggles with his sexuality and you saw as his feelings for Will grew over time.Will opened up to Sonny, finding the lifeline he needed as he began to accept himself and the possibility of falling in love with another boy.

One of our favorite moments in their storyline came when Sonny’s mother Adrienne and Will’s father Lucas expressed reservations about the boys dating. It was a big enough issue that created just enough angst to force a big moment of truth for the couple. After overhearing just how Adrienne felt about him, Will began pull away from Sonny, believing he wasn’t good enough for him. Sonny tracked Will down after learning what happened and reassured him that he was good enough for him, and sealed it with a kiss.

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  • Kim

    ‘This is a female driven storyline – Liam isn’t the one “choosing” between the women, it’s the women who are choosing him.’

    Really? I cannot fathom finding this storyline anything but completely offensive to women. You’re absolutely right that Liam isn’t “choosing” between the women, because he wants to have it both ways AND THE WOMEN LET HIM. Both of those women should want and demand better for themselves, and yet it’s a torturous, never-ending merry-go-round that is wildly demeaning to the characters of both Hope and Steffy. I wish they’d both kick him to the curb that he deserves to be dropped on and then go out and find someone worth their trouble.

  • Samantha

    If they’re bores you, then why you’re watching them?

  • Wayne Patterson

    Will and Sonny are good together as friends…only. As a couple they are boring.

  • Debora

    Your choice of Melissa Claire Egan as best supporting makes me realize why I agree completely with the naming of Y&R as most disappointing soap. I’ve been a major fan of hers since forever, and love her work. I only wish the show’s writing was worthy of her. It managed to make me despise her character, and that is so frustrating! I wish I could’ve seen Chelsea and Adam’s chemistry and instantly forgotten how she came on the scene, but I needed a whole lot more than that to forget everything she did. The writers constantly opted to take the easy way out with her, and her redemption and entry into respected GC circles happened overnight – totally unbelievable, and now it’s too late to rectify that in my eyes. MCE’s acting is fantastic as always, but the character is a fail for me, and the writers are entirely to blame.

  • Kay

    Totally agree with one of the choices for Best Couple: Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakas of Days of our Lives (Chandler Massey, Freddie Smith). In my opinion, these two actors are simply amazing in their portrayal of a young couple who start out as friends and end up in love. They portray Will and Sonny as a real couple with real problems and struggles, just like any other couple. This is a true love story between these two characters, and Chandler and Freddie are both talented actors who make this relationship seem real.