DC's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2011



No. 10: Sami and Faux Rafe, Days of Our Lives

Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) has been Sami Brady’s (Alison Sweeney) constant, sturdy rock from the moment he began keeping her “Safe” on Days of Our Lives. While the road to happily ever after has always been paved with drama for these two—thanks in large part to the machinations of Sami’s dangerously-seductive ex EJ DiMera (James Scott)—in 2011 things got downright ridiculous, doppelganger style.

This past year, EJ’s dad Stefano (Joe Mascolo) convinced Junior to take a page from the old DiMera playbook, which reads: When you want to get rid of an enemy, replace them with a lookalike! While many a DiMera-sanctioned doppelganger has provided fun story for DAYS (Andre DiMera, Susan Banks, Hattie), the father and son duo having a common thug receive plastic surgery to look like Rafe, then replacing him in Sami’s life (and bed) was just plain gross. 

No. 9: Victor and Diane, The Young and the Restless

We collectively threw up a little in our mouths at the thought of red-hot, thirtysomething Maura West having to simulate the bedroom boot, scoot and boogie with Eric Braeden asThe Young and the Restless reunited angry exes Diane and Victor in 2011. While May/December romances have always been a staple of soaps, the phenomenal West being obviously much too young to play Diane—a woman who was busy busting up Jack (then Terry Lester) and Patty’s (then Andrea Evans) marriage back when West was no doubt learning her ABC’s—made the pairing downright gruesome to witness.

Why on Earth would a sultry, venomous, capable architect like Diane be so desperate as to drop to her drawers for every senior citizen in town; especially one who had already kicked her to the curb once for Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott)? Sure, the housing market had hit a slump, but this was ridiculous! The fact that Diane shared several sizzling romps with Victor’s much-more-age-appropriate-for-West son Nicholas (Joshua Morrow) only made the Victor and Diane mesh up all the more unbearable. Instead of tossing Diane out of the back of that ambulance like a bale of hay, Braeden should have done that to whoever wrote this stinkbomb of a storyline.


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I have to agree about Sharon and Adam but then aside from old school couples like Tad/Dixie, Jessie/Angie, all the women in the "great" and "bad" pairings look weak and feeble. MM can complain all he wants but YR with Sheffer writing has turned that show into a woman hating fest. even Victor and Nikki now are disgusting. People bitch about soaps cancelled. well take a look at how terribly the women across this genre are portrayed and compare it to shows like Revenge, Parenthood, The Good wife and the women on those shows and you'll get your answer. That includes OLTL by the way. Dorian's writing has been ugly and Tracy from GH has had terrible writing ever since they paired her with that awful Luke Spencer.

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The_Moustache wrote:
not really a couple but w/e.
Todd & Blair!
something about them just doesn't click this time around.
lightning didn't strike twice it seems.
FLOP!

I agree Todd and Blair are creepy. The Todd story has been a FLOP

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LMAO @ your Jane & David comment..."but it was all shades of icky for him to be breaking creepy Jane’s ancient hymen..." GROSS!! I thought the same thing!

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How about 2011 was NOT about the love! Outside of Aunt Maggie and Grandpa Victor, noone really provided the romance this year. I see a few romantic possibilities on the horizon for 2012. Atleast on Days I do. So maybe next years selection of worst won't be so broad. Well Y&R will probably still be in the hot seat as long as Sheffer and Bell keep writing the show.
And I wish that people would stop defending Adolph and Ava, I mean Adam and Sharon. It doesn't really matter how much chemistry two actors have together if one of those characters took the others baby and told the other it was dead, and passed that baby off as someone elses ghost baby. Pretty much that couple was a bad idea from the get....... This is why soaps are dying.....

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Days may have couples but they are now so vanilla and cheesy its just corney as hell. I can buy the cheese for couples like John/Marlena and Bo/Hope(who are the most genuine) but what made nicole and ej entertaining has been sucked out of them for cheesy massages and love scenes. They have always been more fun to watch as an adversarial pairing. Brady and Madison are pure cheese, Carrie Austin are as are Rafe/Sami. There is nothing separating this couples making them special anymore. ANd Melanie in yet another pairing zzzzz. Carrie and Rafe are the only pairing of interest at this point. Probably why the show again is at the bottom of the ratings pack.

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Seriously Sharon and Adam are my favorite couple in daytime right now, and just about the only reason I watch Young and the restless right now. Yes they have their haters but I know a lot of people who watch the show ONLY for those two. Michael Muhney and Sharon Case are magic together. Then you are the site that named Steve Burton as one of the best actors.

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Lucky and Spitvon should have been #2, there is only one couple in the history of GH worse than St. Weepy of the perpetual tears and his stalker, harpy bad accented 'wife'. Number 1 without a doubt is the ratings killing Frons made pimped to death, fired the more popular competition and killed a damn child and they will still go down in history as the LOWEST rated couple in GH history. JaScum, they just don't get worse than you, and the ratings reiterate what a pathetic political pet bullshit fail you are.

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syworld82 wrote:
MY- MOST TERRIBLE OR PAINFUL TO WATCH "COUPLES" of 2011

10. Victor and Diane,Y&R
9. Shioban and Lucky,GH
8. Starr and James,OLTL
7. Bill and Steffy,B&B
6. Genevieve and Jack,Y&R
5. Jack and Neela,OLTL
4. Jane and David H.,AMC
3. Chloe and Kevin, Y&R
2. Sam and Sharon,Y&R
1. Carly and Shawn,GH

There you have it ... Y&R takes the cake for 2011 as having 4 of the 10 worst pairings this year...but it is.. GH's SHARLY that deems the honor as WORST COUPLE...

No, the WORST GH couple by far is Jasam. They get the majority of screentime, their Honeymoon was a stinking month long and people tuned out in DROVES. The are pimped and propped by their ex's, and Jason's drunk, plastic mother, and they still bring in the lowest ratings in GH history. A murdering deadbeat who bailed on his kid MARRIED the slut that endangered the kid on purpose TWICE? Yeah, epic love story there, and the ratings prove it week after week after week after week.