DC's 10 Worst Soap Opera Couples of 2012



No. 4: Daniel and Jennifer, Days of Our Lives

Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell simply will not stop trying to make Shawn Christian happen at Days of Our Lives. Christian's character, the perennially randy, nondiscriminating Dr. Daniel Jonas, continues to drive the women of Salem so insane that they forget about their newly-dead husbands, and/or threaten to fling themselves off the steps of the Horton Town Square, when denied access to the good doc's pink flesh stick. 

The peeps at DAYS want us to believe that Daniel is the love of Jennifer Horton's (Melissa Reeves) life. The problem is, we've actually been watching the soap opera all these years, and know that Jenn has only truly loved one man — Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford). Tomlin and Whitesell may get tickled by killing off Jack with the same frequency that South Park slaughters Kenny, but it doesn't change the fact that he remains the only man for Jennifer Rose.  


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That was a list of bad couples. Neil and YoHarmony were as awkward as Debbie Morgan's acting in the scenes. Only Maria Arena Bell can take daytime winning actors and leave them scratching their heads on the set...

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It was painful watching Debbie Morgan, who was so great on AMC, in that awful role of Harmony. Her and Neil had zero chemistry. Again, the writing was awful. Also Sharon and Victor, they were nauseating to watch together!

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ICAM with the selections on this list. Y&R deservedly outnumbered the rest of the soaps on this list. At least under Josh Griffith's writing Y&R is on it's way to having the largest number of actual couples on soaps in 2013.

I find Y&R's Kevin & Chloe to be particularly boring and chemistry-free. Cane & Lily would make the list for me as well GH's Alexis & Shawn and DAYS' Will & Sonny.

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I know I am in the minority but I thoroughly enjoyed everything Kelly Sullivan brought to the show this year as Kate/Connie!

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For the first time, I have to agree with this website list of best.
Liam/Hope and Victor/Sharon is just god awful.
And no matter what Brad Bell is still planning to rehash this awful story on the audience again. Apparently the end of the world isn't coming fast enough.

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Totally disagree with the inclusion of GH's Connie on this list! Kelly Sullivan's fearless comedic performance crackles in every scene with any sparring partner, even boring Molly. (Sidenote: what is Alexis doing to make her daughters so dull?). Connie's constant torment of Johnny and her cuckolding of Sonny are both cases of just desserts freshly served for all the women those two mobsters have walked all over.

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See my comment-- I'm totally with you! The writers clearly know to play this outlandish story for laughs and Connie always delivers.

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Honorable mention= Billy and Victoria

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Liam and Steffy should be added - actually anyone with the tedious Liam is the worst. Jack and Nikki, Nikki and Victor, Phyllis with anyone - the list could go on and on. One of the absolute worst in my eyes was Sam and that older cop with the stringy long hair. UGH.

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KS just sucks with everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAYS Jen and Daniel, in my opinion, should be number 1. Contrived and NO chemistry. It's clear that these actors are as bored and unhappy with this pairing as most of the viewers are. Their faces just seem to SCREAM: "Gotta pay these bills, let's just try to stay awake" while they are reciting this cliched dialogue, which really does seem like it was written by a 1st year creative writing student.

My feelings about Reeves aside, I think she'd have more chemistry with a Chick-Fil-A sandwich than she ever has with Shawn Christian. And Christian can be a capable and somewhat exciting actor when he's given decent writing and a fiery partner to act alongside. Where's Maura West when you need her? Maybe if they recast the role, I might care.........but then again, probably not. Crap writing is still crap writing.

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Most of the pairings listed here were pretty bad, but the one that made my hair stand on end like Don King's and outraged every fiber of my gym-trained body was:

VICTOR and SHARON.

That woman, that Maria Arena Bell, took a relationship that had been established over two decades and violated its very core. And for no good reason other than shock value.

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I agree, GH's Konnie is the absolute worst. Both pairings I have to FF through. I truly can't stand this character. I wish the show would get rid of this character. Just horrible.

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2012 isn't over yet. If Y&R shows Jill and Tucker in bed together you may have to re-do your list.

Poor Jill, there's no way she would take up with Tucker again given the nasty way he treated her. Where's William Russ? Can't they sub him in for this story? LOL I'd make it a bit more believable, at least Jill looked like she really was into that Tucker.

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Number 1 Liam and Hope
Number 2 Liam and Steffy

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NathanHastingsSr. wrote:
Honorable mention= Billy and Victoria

Definitely should've been on this list, LOL.

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GH should just get of Konnie already, she's dragging the enetire show down!

SoapArmageddon wrote:
Most of the pairings listed here were pretty bad, but the one that made my hair stand on end like Don King's and outraged every fiber of my gym-trained body was:

VICTOR and SHARON.

That woman, that Maria Arena Bell, took a relationship that had been established over two decades and violated its very core. And for no good reason other than shock value.

Exactly. MAB destroyed a 20 years long father/daughter relationship for nothing. Victor/Sharon relationship was one the things that made Dictator appear human, because he loved her without having the super high expectations for her that he had/has for his kids, so he never bullied her like he did them. And Sharon for her part was extremly loyal to the only "father" in her life, they understood and respected each other because they both grew up really poor. I still don't understand why she went there, that woman is nuts.

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I agree with this list. Hope and Liam just don't have it - they have not had a good relationship in the year and half I've been watching. Sorry but KM is just a bore of an actress. She doesn't hold a candle to JMW. Sex problem story boring, pill popping boring, her and liam total bore. JMW has chemistry with everybody that is why her and Liam are not on the list - they communicate, have fun, dram free (except for HOpe).

I love Chloe, but I hate her with Kevin. Poor Neil he can never find love. Sonny and Connie are too campy. Connie and Johnnie just don't work. Victor and Sharon were just gross. I would add Bill and Brooke to this list.

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Liam and Hope are the worst. Now it appears Bell is bringing that terrible triangle back so I took BB off my dvr effective today. It's just awful, repetitive, and boring. I thought the Hope actress was weak but the Caroline actress is even more horrid. Initially I wasn't a huge fan of Steffy but will give JMW some credit because she's improved alot and has actually become a very solid actress.

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I don't think you are in the minority Secrets and Lies. My friend and fellow soap watcher like Kellie Sullivan and she is great as Kate/Connie. She brings lots of talent in all her scenes. I could mention others who seem to deliver the dialog in a way that seems like we are watching the same scene over and over.
We all know who they are.

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NathanHastingsSr. wrote:
Honorable mention= Billy and Victoria

Thank you, Jamey always forgets that the couple he loves are one of the worse too lol! The Irony lol! MAB and Jamey are twin sisters separated at birth

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Villy isn't the "worse" couple on Y&R by far...Tucker & HoYolanda was the worse. They might not be my fav but I don't hate Villy. They are charming, plenty of chemistry, and cozy kind of couple.

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I'm surprised that Michael and Starr from GH aren't on this list. I'm not a fan of Sonny or Connie's, but I would rather watch Connie with Sonny or Johnny any day over Michael & Starr. They aren't hot. There is no chemistry and the acting is bad. Send Starr back to Llanview and bring Drew Garrett back as Michael.

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Rafe and Sammi need to be on this list. Those two have zero chemistry and Rafe sucks the life right out of Sammi. Also I'd add Brady and Madison, any couple shown riding segues through horton town square should earn an automatic spot on this list. Honestly you could put 80% of the Days couples on this list, there is so little that works on that show right now. I'm counting the days till Tomlin and Whitesell get fired.

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Carrie & Rafe, Lily & Cane, Eric & Stephanie are a few others that I thought were horrible this year ...

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Daniel and Jennifer are the #1 worst IMHO. I don't understand why the show is constantly pimping Shawn Christian. He has never had a successful pairing on the show. The actor is not necessarily the problem, I guess, I enjoyed him on ATWT and this cheezy Lifetime holiday movie I watched last night! But DAYS can't seem to write Daniel so that I care about him or root for him in any way.

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I don't believe that Liam and hope are worst couple.i fell inlove right away the first I saw Liam and hope in aspen. Till now we love hope but of course Liam is kinda jerk sometimes with feelings with 2 girls. Must Liam and steffy are worst no chemistry and irritating steffy acting. I think the worst is the writers.

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Totally agree with your #1 choice and most of the others! Liam & Steffy are a lot worse than Liam & Hope. Can't help but wonder if Megan Ward would have made the Sonny/Connie/Kate thing more plausible - atrocious storyline and all. She and Maurice had a lot more chemistry and there wasn't the age difference either. Also did not care for Luke & Anna as a couple. Yuck! Anna/Robert/Duke will make a better triangle if they go there again.

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Liam and Hope were cute at the beginning but this year, they were on screen too darn much. Liam and Steffy are just awful right now. They are boring and obnoxious. They main problem is how they are written, especially Liam.