I don't know if you knew this, Toups, but apparently SML(TYNL) was partially inspired by Adele and Ryan Tedder going to lunch and hearing Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." He told her Max Martin produced it, and she went back to a song she had written at 13 (after being inspired by listening to Amy Winehouse) and just fleshed it out. Knowing that now, I can definitely hear some of the influence of IKYWT in the song.
I don't know if there actually a fair way to answer this. There have been plenty of times when one soap has been really good, and another has been incredibly bad, just because they're all so different. Even now, it seems like GH's badness is still on a different than what the other three are doing. ETA: You weren't talking about years for soaps overall, were you? Because that's what I thought you meant at first. And I don't truly think that can be answered.
8PM: All In the Family 8:30 PM: M.A.S.H. 9PM: Mary Tyler Moore 9:30 PM: Bob Newhart 10PM: The Carol Burnett Show
At least ABC found a way to work with Friday night with the TGIF lineup for kids. Hell, in the 70's, they had the precursor to TGIF by showing stuff like The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family on Friday nights!
The 1971-1972 Friday night lineup on ABC was: 8PM: The Brady Bunch 8:30 PM The Partridge Family 9PM: Room 222 9:30 PM: The Odd Couple 10PM: Love American Style
Million Years Ago is about, from what I could tell, the loss of innocence as you grow up and looking back on who you were as a child. That alone stood out for me. I could see it being a single, but maybe not right away.
Vee might be able to give details on this better than me, but I'll give it a shot:
A few months ago, Bryan and Kelly began hawking this face cream on Twitter and Instagram, one that, according to those who have used it, is apparently toxic, resulting in boils over a certain period of time. Bryan and Kelly both denied worrying about this initially, but I'm not sure if they're still hawking it or not. Maybe they got freaked out and stopped, I don't know. It's basically the new Monavie as far as GH as concerned (does SBu still hawk that?).
I think the Rauch era of OLTL is a case of two competing shows within a show, actually: the OTT stuff like the Heaven spaceship and Eterna, and the more traditional soap stories involving characters like Gabrielle (admittedly I'm biased). There are definitely things during that era that would seem out of place elsewhere, but stuff like Gabrielle and her struggle to believe in God, for example? THAT could fit in anywhere and still work. Yes, Fiona Hutchison is a strong enough actress to carry it on her own, but I think S. Michael Schnessel, despite writing stories like Eterna, also truly GOT a character like Gabrielle and made some classic soap with characters like her. I really do believe that had Fiona and Gabrielle's story been on during a more "realistic" era for the show, she would have gotten a LOT more attention from the soap press and the Daytime Emmys (the scene where she denounces God in church? Come ON!), so that atmosphere, to an extent, had to hurt stories like hers in regards to getting attention. But not ALL of the Rauch era was focused on ridiculousness or camp.