10 Best Soap Opera Storylines of 2013




No. 10: Phyllis Helps Jack Detox, The Young and the Restless

We criticized a lot (okay, most) of the stories The Young and the Restless told in 2013, but you can never go wrong by pairing "The Berg" (Peter Bergman) and "The Staff" (Michelle Stafford) in a meaty storyline. Phyllis helping Jack detox from his addictions to booze and pills was the best of Y&R in 2013. The soap smartly played on the complicated histories of the two iconiccharacters, not to mention their powerhouse portrayers.


No. 9: Return of the Jeromes, General Hospital

For many fans of ABC Daytime's General Hospital, "mob" had become a dirty word, thanks to previous regimes insistence on having organized crime sagas dominate the sudser's front burner. Executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati bided their time before launching a new mob war in Port Charles. They spent said time reconfiguring the canvas to tell stories centered on other popular elements from the soap's canon, i.e. the Cassadines, the Nurses' Ball, ELQ and the hospital.

When sultry gallery owner Ava Jerome (Maura West) was first introduced, fans and Port Charles citizens alike took notice of her infamous surname. Could she be one of those Jeromes? Ava denied her connection to the mob dynasty who terrorized Port Charles in the early 90's, insisting Jerome was a common name.

Meanwhile, mob heir Morgan Corinthos (Bryan Craig), who was dating Ava's daughter Kiki (Kristen Alderson), found himself hiding out at Ava's penthouse from thugs, after racking up a serious online gambling debt. A coincidence it wasn't!

The story really heated up when Ava's mysterious art benefactor, wealthy publisher Derek Wells (William deVry), descended upon Port Charles. Derek, as it turned out, was really Julian Jerome with reconstructive surgery! The sexy SOB was back from the dead and wanted to reclaim his territory from Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Let the mob games begin.


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LOL given how much everyone at DC Confidential hated Connie/Kate I was expecting #1 to be "Connie/Kate Dies!"

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Wonderful list! I totally agree with everything, especially the number one spot, Kristen's revenge! That totally was the best storyline of 2013 hands down!!! And GH's 50th was the second best. Great list.

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I'm glad to see Days and GH had so many spots on this list. Those two shows did the thing in 2013.Smile

Days was consistently must-see throughout the year and GH was especially good during the first and last quarters.

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Thank you for choosing the sex trafficking story from AMC. SOD chose it as the worst story of 2013 which I disagree with. While hard to watch at times, it is a timely story that had Agnes Nixon's hands all over it. To me that makes it one of the best.

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An okay list.

I would have included Lauren cheating on Michael with Carmine, and also the Summer paternity switch.

Both have now morphed into something else, however, the stories were good.

Sorry Ryan and DC, I also think the sex trafficking story was WAY too dark and graphic for a soap. One of the worst.

Congrats to Days...I think it should get the top spot.

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This is a very good list. DAYS is having the best year ever! I loved EVERYTHING related to Kristen's Revenge! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! I enjoy JJ and Theresa. I lived for EJ kissing Stefano's ring to save Sami for life in prison. It was all good.

GH was very good, too. I didn't think I would care so much about Robin's return, but I was so wrong. It has been great. I am surprised not more was made about Lulu/Maxie. I thought that was good story as well.

On AMC, I thought the sex trafficking story was good and provided a good foundation to reiterate the strength of the Hubbard family. I wish we had seen more with David and Angie's interaction.

Brooke/Bill/Katie made me so mad; that's how I knew it was good. I loved when Katie bum-rushed Bill for Spencer Publications.

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Anything with PHACK is gold to me! Love

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Love JJ and Theresa so much!!! This is a great list. I have never watched GH until the last 6 months and I really like it, I don't have that connection to the Vets that longtime viewers have, but I loved OLTL and love Rons writing style. Actually BB, DAYS, and GH were Outstanding this year! It's good to be a soap fan!

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Great list! I would only change one thing (which shows how FAB Days was this year): Squeeze in how Sami, Gabi, and Kate MURDERED Nick. Now that was hilarious!

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Kristen! was #1. Of course, Eileen D deserves a Lifetime Emmy for both Kristen and Ashley.

Love the Y&R mention of Phack!

Little too much of GH on the list, but oh well, this is basically a GH web-site.

Got to give a shout-out to the Baldwins, and their once-terrific story-line of the chemistry between Lauren and Carmine, and the angst between Carmine and Fen. Like Ive said before, the only thing that can save the s/l now,. is to have Carmine really alive, and plotting with Angelo.

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pferrando wrote:
An okay list.

I would have included Lauren cheating on Michael with Carmine, and also the Summer paternity switch.

Both have now morphed into something else, however, the stories were good.

Sorry Ryan and DC, I also think the sex trafficking story was WAY too dark and graphic for a soap. One of the worst.

Congrats to Days...I think it should get the top spot.

Couldn't agree more about the AMC 2.0 sex trade story. That story was a little too close to home for me. I'm from Cleveland and I'm sure all of you remember the story about the 3 girls that had been held captive by some guy for over a decade. Cassandra's story was too similar for me to watch it, I had to stop watching AMC mainly because of that.

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dwood37 wrote:
Great list! I would only change one thing (which shows how FAB Days was this year): Squeeze in how Sami, Gabi, and Kate MURDERED Nick. Now that was hilarious!

Yep, that one's turning into a classic, thanks to the game performances of Alison Sweeney, Camila Banus and especially Lauren Koslow.

Great to see DAYS taking so many spots. Hands down the best soap of 2013.

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Jamey, you do such a bang up job summarizing DOOL's stories, heck they're better to read than to watch! I found many of EJ's scenes to be tiresome and FF-worthy, but overall i can't disagree with your list! Sure wish Judi Evans's great work could've been mentioned somewhere in all these best-of lists, but it's a mere quibble. I wish i had made some more time for Days and hadn't written it off so quickly once i read Chandler Massey and Eileen were both out the door!

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Patchworks wrote:
I am surprised not more was made about Lulu/Maxie. I thought that was good story as well.

Huh, and HUH? The ONLY thing memorable about this story is how Ron, Frank and last but not least Emme have totally ruined the character of Lesley Lu Spencer Falconeri. I couldn't give two shits about this new sniveling, whiny Lulu (and mispronunciation of her hubby's name). The only thing maybe worth mentioning re: this story was the long overdue exit of Spinelli -- which was given more a fitting send-off than expected -- and how well (imo) they've hidden Storms' pregnancy. (Sidebar to Anderson: Do the shaggy hair again if you return!)

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Spot on for DAYS taking the top spot. Eileen Davidson needs to return immediately.

Casey Moss's JJ is fantastic. Jennifer Lilley and Thereskank Donovan, however, need to go. Charlotte Ross and Eve Donovan they are not.