Lisa vs. John Dixon
Lisa vs. Lucinda (Lisa: 'Oh, how I despise her!)
Bob Hughes vs. John
Barbara vs Margo
Steve vs. Craig
Craig vs. Tonio
I'm not going to go into the bad (over which there were many moments in the last decade) but when this show was good, this show was great!
Barbara being led into the bullring while wearing red. The look on Barbara's face as she saw the bull charging in her direction. I think I was about 6 or 7 but I will forever remember that look on her face.
Steve teaching Betsy how to play the piano-- you literally see them falling in love.
Lyla having that heartbreaking conversation with Craig when she visited him in prison--they were both crying.
That moment when Craig and Sierra finally had that time at Foxwood Lodge when all that angst (real angst, not the contrived kind) and longing exploded into passion.
The friendship between Frannie and Heather Dalton (when they were played by Julianne Moore and Tonya Lee Pinkins).
Jessica's original family. I wish they would've made them characters who at least would come and go, so we could see them occasionally.
Roy Franklin and his family. Sadly ATWT let the ball drop on this character but the relationship between Roy and his father and the tragedy that caused them to be at cross purposes when it came to Roy's job as a Police Officer, was gold and should've been explored further.
Those times that Tom and Margo tried to connect while Barbara continued to get in the way when Barbara tricked them into believing that she and Tom had had an affair. One particular time during a separation between Tom and Margo, when they had this moment of tenderness when Margo, on the doorstep, lovingly caresses Tom's cheek and he hungrily responds, only to have that moment shattered with the sound of Barbara's voice as she calls him from inside the house. And the look on Tom and Margo's faces, knowing silently that the moment has passed and their are back to the reality of a couple on the verge of divorce. That fake infidelity had a ripple effect in the lives of Tom, Margo, Barbara and Hal Munson for years.
Dusty Donnovan in those teenage years! A refreshingly blunt and 'stand up' character who was not boring until TPTB began to ignore him, once the triangle played itself out. And his relationship with John was utterly realistic in the way both actors chose to play their scenes, with humor, with conflict and with affection. It brought out a different side to John Dixon as well.
So many rich characters on this show-- some explored over decades while others, we didn't have enough time with but were still fascinating.
I could feast off the 1980s episodes alone right now.
The Y&R had their very first episode posted for people to watch on their 40th Anniversary. Wouldn't it have been something if we could've seen ATWT's first episode somewhere online? Boy, I wish!
For most of my life, it was my favorite soap. It had a dramatic intensity and heft that was understated and often unheralded. It wasn't known for having lots of camp or outrageous storylines but in its best years, it had an emotional depth, even in quiet moments that I miss so much in daytime drama.
Edited by DramatistDreamer, 02 April 2013 - 09:49 PM.