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Totally platonic, non-sexual male/female friendships on soaps

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Saw this tweet and thought it might make for a good post, especially with the heaviness of recent days.

 

 

There were a lot of great primetime answers to this, but who can we think of for daytime? A lot of the more well-known m/f friendships evolved from hookups or romances (Cass/Felicia on AW, Michael/Phyllis & Paul/Lauren on Y&R, Carly/Jason on GH, Margo/Hal on ATWT, Nora/Hank on OLTL).

 

Just immediately off the top of my head: Greg/Angie and Jesse/Jenny on AMC (although I haven’t seen all the NYC episodes for the latter). 1980s AMC viewers correct me if I’m wrong. 

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How interesting, I was just thinking about starting a thread re: long-standing feuds between opposite-sex characters.

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1 hour ago, SFK said:

How interesting, I was just thinking about starting a thread re: long-standing feuds between opposite-sex characters.

That’s a good idea. Luke Spencer and Helena Cassadine is one.

 

I forgot about Jack and Hilary on Y&R. This dynamic happens a lot due to daytime’s squeamishness about interracial relationships between black and white characters.

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GH- Sean Donnelly and Felicia, and Anna and Frisco come to mind right away. There were a lot of friendships like this during the supercop era of GH.

 

Jax and Alexis.

 

DAYS- Marlena and Bo used to have their own friendship, even if he was at odds with Roman.

 

Guiding Light- Maureen and Roger.  Although I wonder what would have happened had JFP not killed her off.

 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, titan1978 said:

GH- Sean Donnelly and Felicia, and Anna and Frisco come to mind right away. There were a lot of friendships like this during the supercop era of GH.

 

Jax and Alexis.

 

DAYS- Marlena and Bo used to have their own friendship, even if he was at odds with Roman.

 

Guiding Light- Maureen and Roger.  Although I wonder what would have happened had JFP not killed her off.

 

 

 

Thanks! Didn’t Jax and Alexis have a slight small little thing, though? I remember they had a sham marriage, but my memory of 2000s GH is spotty. I also remember a lot of fans shipping Jaxis and getting frustrated.

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2 hours ago, Faulkner said:

Thanks! Didn’t Jax and Alexis have a slight small little thing, though? I remember they had a sham marriage, but my memory of 2000s GH is spotty. I also remember a lot of fans shipping Jaxis and getting frustrated.

 

They didn't really have anything romantic going on ever, but it appeared like it might go that way for a second?  I would consider them completely platonic.  Ned and Brenda and Robin and Sonny both come to my mind.  Neither friendship had any sexual undertones.

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1 minute ago, carolineg said:

 

They didn't really have anything romantic going on ever, but it appeared like it might go that way for a second?  I would consider them completely platonic.  Ned and Brenda and Robin and Sonny both come to my mind.  Neither friendship had any sexual undertones.

It’s interesting. So many of our examples are within the context of couples being friends with other couples. The male partner of one couple is friendly with the female partner of another couple. Sonny was close to Stone, who was in a relationship with Robin. Robin was besties with Brenda, who was involved with Sonny. I suppose that happens a lot IRL.

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Does Jason/Carly count though given they were non platonic at one point and if Jason said the word Carly would climb him like a tree lol

 

I'd say Jax and Alexis fits this, as does Jax and Bobbie,  

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1 minute ago, dragonflies said:

Does Jason/Carly count though given they were non platonic at one point and if Jason said the word Carly would climb him like a tree lol

 

I'd say Jax and Alexis fits this, as does Jax and Bobbie,  

Oh no. I mentioned Jason/Carly among the friends who began as lovers, like Cass/Felicia, etc. 

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1 minute ago, BetterForgotten said:

Weren’t Lois and Sonny childhood friends in Brooklyn and didn’t share a romantic past of any sort?

 

Yes.  That's a really good example.  I forgot about them because their friendship sort of faded by the end of
Rena Sofer's run. GH used to have really great friendships in the 90's. 

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From the 80's & 90's

 

ATWT - Craig and Lilly

 

GH  - Anna Devaine and Robin's three godfathers - Sean Donnelly, Frisco, and Buzz Stryker

GH -  Lucy Coe and Marco Dane 

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