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Soaps You Could Never Get Into (It's Not You, It's Me)


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Santa Barbara..it was just a mess but a mess that thought really, really highly of itself and its "intelligence and wit" because its Mom told it so( this being the soap mags.)

Sunset Beach..its just played like a parody..kind of like "The Sun Also Rises," instead of a real soap. The actors were plastic, not sexy!

 

Passions-well I LOVED the self referential supernatural part of it, with Tabby and Timmy practically stopping to wink at the audience...(and sometimes actually did..) but then..the Sunset Beach soap parody part started with really bad actors with their shirts off...(though I did like Alastair Crane...but he obviously was not running around with his shirt off!0

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Growing up I watched CBS soaps. I thought ABC soaps were silly and contrived. I remember a friend making fun of Susan Lucci and saying they refused to watch her. Days also looked stupid to me in the 90's, especially when they were getting all this love and fanfare with Marlena's devil possession etc...The soap media thought Days could do no wrong then. Looking at episodes of the 60's and 70's, I can understand what a great show it was, especially under Bill Bell. 

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On 2/25/2021 at 3:22 PM, Faulkner said:

Santa Barbara seemed like a total mess, and I can’t say that I’ve watched a lot of it. But I’ve watched some 1986-87 episodes, and it had the pop and fizz of great screwball comedy in a self-referential way. Such smart writing (not surprisingly, as the Dobsons’ GL was pretty erudite as well). What a cast of soap all-stars too. Louise Sorel and Nancy Lee Grahn in one scene. Robin Mattson and Justin Deas in another. Marcy Walker, Robin Wright, Lane Davies, Jed Allan... it’s really an embarrassment of riches. I can see why people loved it, even though it wasn’t originally my cup of tea.

 

Even though I never watched SB when it was originally on, I eventually saw the majority of it on YouTube. The first year was a mess, but they were off and running from about 1985 to 1990. 1991 really was the death knell (Marcy Walker choosing to leave and the Dobsons firing Carrington Garland) and A Martinez' departure a year later was the final nail in the coffin. By then, it didn't even feel like the same show.

 

Still, I can see why SB wouldn't have been everyone’s cup of tea. The plots could get overly wacky and no family save the Capwells had any consistent longevity.

 

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1 minute ago, amybrickwallace said:

 

Even though I never watched SB when it was originally on, I eventually saw the majority of it on YouTube. The first year was a mess, but they were off and running from about 1985 to 1990. 1991 really was the death knell (Marcy Walker choosing to leave and the Dobsons firing Carrington Garland) and A Martinez' departure a year later was the final nail in the coffin. By then, it didn't even feel like the same show.

 

Still, I can see why SB wouldn't have been everyone’s cup of tea. The plots could get overly wacky and no family save the Capwells had any consistent longevity.

 

The show is a bit all over the place, and there were so many random forgettable characters. Sooo many. But when it sang, it really sang. For a soap fan, I’m not a romance guy, and even I swoon watching Cruz and Eden. Marcy and A were glorious together, and I really love that Eden could be such a bitch lol.

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14 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

For some reason, the NYC-based soaps have always intrigued me far more than the ones taped in LA. I'm not sure why, especially because the first soaps I followed were DAYS and GH.


Same.

 

I think the West Coast soaps always seemed more plastic and less “real”.

AMC had characters like people I would actually see amongst day-to-day life.

And while AMC did have “pretty people”, they also did a good job at diversifying the cast in terms of looks and the social classes of the characters..... of course, I’m talking about during the heyday period. 

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18 hours ago, Soap-princess said:

All My Children and Days. 
AMC seemed to be a contrived version of Y&R or Bold with inferior talent and sets. Days..Just never interested me.

I was thinking that myself. AMC --outside of B&B-- is the closest soap to Y&R. Mostly down to earth stories and glamorous back in its day, only AMC is better at exploring social issues and casual dialogue.

 

I'm trying to get in to Marland era As the World turns but there's just so many characters. I love ATWT but can never quite get all the way in with because I don't know who's, and what connection they have half the time.

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Even though ATWT was originally my mom’s show and not mine (I watched OLTL), I had gleaned enough from my repeated glimpses of the Marland era to pretty easily jump in during the mid-‘90s when I became a more regular viewer. But by that time, a lot of Marland’s characters were gone, and only the big big names were left: Lucinda, Lily, Tom, Barbara, Margo, Hal, John, Lisa, and others.

 

It’s funny: I have such a love-hate relationship with AMC. While I always respected it, something about its tone always bugged me EXCEPT for Lorraine Broderick’s tenure in the mid-‘90s, when I just plain loved it. I don’t have the same uncomplicated allegiance to it that I do Y&R or GL, even though both of those shows deeply disappointed me.

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On 2/26/2021 at 7:55 AM, YRfan23 said:

I have to go with the ABC soaps! I truly appreciate and have a lot of respect that they molded daytime to what it is, and got the most publicly out of the three networks. (Mainly because of Susan Lucci, and Luke and Laura etc..) but for as many times I’ve sampled episodes here and there I just can’t get into them like anything on CBS or even Days. I still respect how groundbreaking they were though! 

 

I agree. I sampled most of the soaps from the 70s on and I strangely never could get into any of the ABC soaps. I say "strangely" because I don't know why all the soaps I never liked just happen to be on the same network. I have nothing against the network and they all had different writers. storylines, actors, etc. The only one I sort of, kind of got into was Ryan's Hope but it was never one of my favourites. I just had an aversion to ABC soaps and I don't really know why.  

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On 3/3/2021 at 10:23 AM, AmandainNC28655 said:

I could never get into Passions or Sunset Beach.  Passions was just too off the wall for my taste.

Lol. Passions was an acquired taste. I think it was creative for new age soap fans and not the established ones. 

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2 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

I know this is soap sacrilege, but I have tried to get into DS and just can't. Maybe it's just because each actor plays multiple characters and that is too confusing for me.

Yeah I've never really cared for it, either. I think I just have something against anything supernatural, which is why Passions completely turned me off as well (though I can overlook DAYS' kookier forays for some reason). PC stops existing to me once the vampires start for this same reason.

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