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The Year In Soaps: Best Couples of 2014

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There aren’t as many supercouples on our soap operas anymore but there is no denying that 2014 was a good year for romantic pairings. As this year comes to a close we feel hopeful for a new year filled with love, longing, and bittersweet loss. Here are TVSource Magazine’s picks for The Year In Soaps: Best Couples of 2014

There was a lot of debate in the TVSource Magazine offices about what couples to select. After all, the definition of “best” is completely subjective. What’s good for one, may be terrible for another. But in the end, we decided on nine couples that made us feel in 2014. These couples gave made us feel excitement, heartbreak, passion, optimism, hope, sexy. And we hope you did too. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below or use the hashtag #TVSMBestCouples to chat with us on Twitter.


Julian and Alexis, General Hospital
Are We (Star Crossed) Lovers or Liars?

We cannot get enough of Julian and Alexis! They’re sexy, scandalous, complicated, star crossed lovers who love each other so much that it hurts. It’s been years since GH has treated Alexis like she’s a sexual being with sexual urges like everyone else in town, so it was a welcome treat when the show embarked on what would become the phenomenon known as ‘Julexis’. Julian is a lot like the other men Alexis has fallen far – wealthy, powerful, easy on the eyes, but unlike the men of her past, Julian loved her for her. There were no other women, no affairs, just a straight up, “I like you. You like me. We should be together.”

Screenshot 2014-12-29 19.21.25Julian’s life isn’t tailor made for a family. But meeting Alexis gave him everything he never knew he wanted – a family. He discovered a daughter and son he never knew he had, and a grandson that would become the apple of his eye, despite eithers claiming he was using Danny as a human shield to fend off Sonny. Alexis made Julian want to be a better man, and he was willing to leave the mob for her. Hell, he did! But when his son’s life was threatened by his sociopathic boss, Julian reluctantly was pulled back into the life he knew could cost him the woman he loves – and it did.

When Alexis learned Julian was complicit in the framing of Ric Lansing, Alexis’ ex-husband and father of her child, and knew that her best friend Luke was being held hostage for months and did nothing, she had no choice but to end their relationship for good. Underneath her anger and pain, was the heavy reality that she loved this man more than he deserved, and he lied to her. He betrayed what she thought they had. Alexis can’t see how he was placed in an impossible situation – that lying to her was to protect her and their children, from any more pain. But the damage was done.

It’s not going to be an easy road to reconciliation for Julian and Alexis, especially as she grows closer to Ned, and he seeks out a fellow lost soul in Olivia, but we have hope and faith that a Julexis reunion will happen in 2015. After all, how can you deny the power of Julexis?

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  • lulu

    Indeed they did everything to destroy Ej and Sami this year..and to add much insult to injury use the most out of character plot to do it..This Abby bs TAINTED all Ej and Sami scenes and dynamic..whereas it was their last year on this freaking show..how insulting and cruel. I will not forgive.

  • lucy

    As much as i love Ej and Sami, this year was certainly not their year (maybe the worst..although there were several others seriously offensive too..) ! And it was a damn shame after all the long overdue built up of 2013.
    This year did everything to destroy Ej and Sami and what made Ej’s character as well as his dynamic with Sami unique. Ej cheating on Sami whereas he finally had her after almost a decade pining for it..how preposterous and with a character as irrelevant to him as this Abby (by the way she is not a younger model since she will never be in Sami’s league..NEVER and even less with the miscasted actress playing her) is..pathetic and ridiculous !
    Then the fallout of the story where Sami was treated as a total pariah whereas she was the wronged party and the little culprit was coddled by everybody and their mothers..even Ej (how stupid and pathetic for his character..ewwwwww) kept defending the girl who blackmailed him for sex and threatened to destroy the family he always wanted..And finally a totally rushed reunion bam bam thank you madam and Ej being killed by a slimy dayplayer..What a ‘great year’ for these characters..indeed..sarcasm.
    In reality this year was a total nightmare who totally destroyed Ej as a character..the core was made cheap..the ultimate offense for a character as far as i am concerned. As a result it totally made me despise this show and their hack of writers/producers and now i am not watching anymore and i don’t miss it in the least..Good job Days !

  • sarah

    Great write up on EJ and Sami. Very well-written.

  • Paul

    Totally agree with your choice what a couple Ejami were the show is so crap to watch without them i can see why Ken Corday said last week them leaving created a void on the show in another he knows his show is rubbish without Ali and James. That stupid cheating story line cost us both of them i never be convinced doing that story line wasn’t the reason why both Ali and James didn’t leave come on both leaving at the same time and deciding this just before they saw the script that would destroy Ejami forever. EJ would never cheat on Sami with any woman he loved her so much totally ooc for EJ they were a super couple they never boring to watch look at grief sex in Nov 2011 only Ejami could had sex at that time when they mourning the loss of their son it shocked so many fans.

    I am missing Ali and James so much the show is not the same without them its horrible to watch now .

  • Jules

    Lmao at Ejami being featured. Just no. Days didn’t have any couples worth mentioning last year, they all were written awfully badly. Ejami hogged all the airtime, but it doesn’t change the fact that the writing was extremely poor and all over the place and both of the characters were written OOC. And I dare to say the classic supercouples John and Marlena and Bo and Hope were way more popular in the 90s than Ejami ever were during their run.

  • Julie

    I miss EJ and Sami so much! And to the many Ejami fans out there, myself included, they were indeed worth everything!

  • dutchie

    Super couples? I don’t think so.

  • iheartwilson

    Ejami – They had a horrible year! It was so bad that I was cheering when they left the show. They belong in the worst couples of 2014. Complete opposite of how I felt in 2013.

    Days – I don’t think any of their couples belonged in the best couples category in 2014.

  • SaveOurSuds

    There’s no mistakes. These are our opinions and we explain why we made these choices. Thanks for reading.

  • LE

    This list has a lot of mistakes. Was this based on a poll?

    Franco & Carly were terrible together. There are times when a couple who aren’t meant to be together work very well, but this is not the case. They were a joke.
    Stitch & Victoria were like watching paint dry. There is no spark at all.
    Hope & Aiden were also boring as hell… Way too slow-paced. Katie & Ridge are okay but they are just apart of B&B’s worn out formula of pairings… Nothing out of the ordinary. None of these couples should be on this list.

    The only options I agree with are Hilary/Devon – amazing chemistry and Nathan/Maxie – kudos to GH for giving us a young couple we can root for. Sam & Patrick are great too. They have a lot of spark. Julian & Alexis are great too, albeit a bit overrated. And of course EJami are definitely the couple of the year, whether you love or hate them.

    There were a lot of couples that should have been on. Nick/Sharon were so entertaining throughout the year, despite being doomed from the moment they began falling back in love, but the chemistry is still there between Case and Morrow. Y&R really proved that supercouples aren’t dead. In fact they were one of only a few interesting pairings this year, and ten times better than the likes of Victoria & Stitch. Secondly, I have been loving Liam & Ivy on B&B. Maybe not many people agree, but they are a refreshing change. And I guess they don’t count really as a real couple, but I have been thoroughly enjoying Elizabeth and Jason (Jake)- Herbst and Miller just shine together – even though it’s been a couple months. Anyway, half of the couples on this list can put me to sleep.

  • yvwllis1

    Booooooooooooo no Ric & Caroline!!!!!!