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The Year In Soaps: Best Couples of 2014

stitchvictoriaVictoria and Stitch, The Young and the Restless
A Sticky Situation

When Billy Miller announced that he was leaving the role of Billy Abbott, fans were left to wonder who would fill the void in Victoria’s life and hoped that someone would help recreate the spark that made Amelia Heinle an enjoyable leading heroine. Thankfully we didn’t have to look far as day player Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn moved into Victoria’s orbit and quickly made us question our former Villy love.

What makes ‘Sticky’ work is the undeniable chemistry between Heinle and Sean Carrigan. His rugged good looks and sexy charm would have us swooning over him in an instant. Ben’s got a lot of baggage, but no one can dispute how much he loves Victoria. The weight of the secrets he harbored definitely took its toll on the couple in 2014, but he loved Victoria enough to come clean about his past, even if it meant sending his mother to prison as a result. For Victoria, knowing that the man she loved wasn’t a murderer was freeing. It allowed her to own up to her real feelings and not be afraid to see where their relationship can go. Ben has proven he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves, and for Victoria, that’s a welcome change from the selfishness she encountered from Billy over the years. That’s not to say that their relationship is perfect by any means. The threat of Victoria’s connection to Billy will always remain. And Stitch’s secret drunken one-night in Ashley Abbott will certainly rear its ugly head at the most inopportune time, but no great couple is without its angst!

After a rough 2014 — the will they or won’t they be a couple, who’s the father of Victoria’s baby, the “I killed my dad but not really and lied about my entire identify” fiasco aside — we’re holding out hope that these two have a better 2015. Should Billy decide to throw his hat in the ring for another chance with Victoria, we’re rooting for Stitch to not let her go without a fight.


Franco and Carly, General Hospital
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

The fan response to the unlikely pairing of General Hospital’s Franco and Carly was polarizing, which usually spells doom for any couple. While many enjoyed the chemistry between Roger Howarth and Laura Wright, something that was easy to support when Carly was paired with his former OLTL character Todd Manning character who shall remain nameless, this pill was too hard to swallow.

Franco and Carly were theCranco2 “doomed couple” of 2014, but in a very good way. Whether one was rooting for them to end up together or destroy each other, they were one of the couples to watch this past year. Even those who hated this particular match, couldn’t deny the off-the-charts chemistry between these two stars. They started off 2014 as playful lovers, scheming together and not caring what anyone thought of them. We were treated to wacky art shows gone wrong, a crazy killer mother, mile high club shenanigans, and a bratty daughter.

Everything went south for the pair when Sonny set his eyes on Carly. The writing regarding Carly’s affair with her four-time ex-husband, and sudden change of heart towards her current love had the clunkiness of a poorly rushed rewrite, but it launched a major umbrella story that culminated in some of the most exciting days of GH television of 2014.

The wedding of Franco and Carly, dubbed ‘Hallowedding’ ended with several in characters receiving their comeuppance and Michael finally rejecting his parents and becoming the Quartermaine we all knew he was destined to be. If the desperate jealously and betrayal wasn’t enough to ruin them, Franco’s well planned revenge did the trick and it was a treat. They may not have gotten their happily ever after but Franco and Carly managed to keep us very entertained.

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  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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 .

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.