No.10: Maxie and Spinelli - General Hospital
One of daytime's most popular non-couple couples, the dynamic duo of Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) kept us tuned in as The Jackal's unrequited love for the fast talking Maxinista took them hither and yon. While it has yet to be seen if these BFF's will ever be more than friends, and hit the sheets, er Jason's couch again, they definitely have plenty of fans calling for more Spixie.
No. 9: Emily and Casey - As World Turns
Emily (Kelley Menighan Hensley) and Casey's (Billy Magnussen) relationship was the May/December romance of the year. A forbidden love that reignited a decades old Hughes vs. Stewart family rivalry and culminated in Margo holding a gun on Emily, who was in her panties of course, was the epitome of great soap. Emily and Casey would appear even higher on our list had As The World Turns not dropped the red hot storyline almost immediately after those pivotal scenes aired.
No. 8: Viki and Charlie - One Life to Live
Viki (Erika Slezak) and Charlie's (Brian Kerwin) romance on One Life to Live proved it's still possible to tell the story of a mature romance on a soap opera. This pairing is the best and most realistic portrayal of a love for characters over 50 since Another World's Carl and Rachel. The thoughtfulness, tenderness, and yes, even passion, Viki and Charlie displayed with one another was unlike anything we watched this past year. Kudos.
No. 7: Holden and Carly - As the World Turns
As the World Turns took one of the biggest gambles of the year by breaking up it's two most popular legacy couples (Jack and Carly and Holden and Lily) and pairing Carly (Maura West) with her best friend's husband. Our knee-jerk reaction was the coupling of Carly and Holden (Jon Hensley) was nothing short of heresy, but the undeniable chemistry between Maura West and Jon Hensley, coupled with the many classic soap complications their pairing brought about for the extended Snyder clan, had us wanting to see more of this intriguing couple, much more. Too bad As the World Turns brought the storyline to a screeching halt in favor of returning to the tried and true complacency of Holden and Lily.
No. 6: Gigi and Rex - One Life to Live
The seeds of love planted in 2007 between Gigi (Farah Fath) and Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) blossomed in 2008 as the couple had to endure: the jealous wrath of breakout villainess Adrianna "Bitchy Bangs" Cramer (Melissa Fumero), having to search for one another through time and space - and Texas, the revelation of Shane's paternity and Rex's brush with death. Yet through it all, their undeniable chemistry lit up screens like the flashing lights at Ultra Violet.
No. 5: Bill and Lizzie - Guiding Light
Bizzie was the closest thing Guiding Light had to a truly viable couple in 2008. With amazing chemistry and against-all-odds obstacles, Bill (Daniel Cosgrove) and Lizzie (Marcy Rylan) set our screens on fire and provided, dare we say it, a beacon of hope for the show's future.
No. 4: Luke and Noah - As the World Turns
Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) were definitely daytime's underdog couple of 2008. Fans love them, but executives don't know what to do with them. This year Nuke had to contend with an Iraqi refugee wife for Noah, a plot-driven election debacle and a groping grandfather, all while watching their air time and intimacy diminish. After months of enduring the infamous kissing ban, Nuke finally locked lips again in early 2008, but since then the shows of affection between the same-sex couple have been scarce at best. Hopefully in 2009 As the World Turns takes their groundbreaking romance to the next level.
No. 3: Jason and Elizabeth and Sam and Lucky - General Hospital
No two couples were as intricately linked this past year as Jason (Steve Burton) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Lucky (Greg Vaughan). This is why they tied for No. 3 on our countdown. The romance between Jason and Elizabeth just wouldn't have been the same without Sam's meddling or the protective concerns of Lucky. Liason fans have been waiting for their couple to be together for years but even when these two, or the writers or executives in charge of the storyline, can't seem to get their act together while their fans still hold on tight. LuSam, on the other hand, was conceived out of a revenge plot, yet quickly surprised fans and execs alike with their instant chemistry. Is the Quad in for another partner-switching shake-up in 2009? We hear it's happening per Brian Frons' orders.
No. 2: Daniel and Amber - The Young and Restless
Throw together two dynamic actors portraying beloved characters, with tons of chemistry, add a bunch of angst, relatable imperfections and undeniable sex appeal and you have Y&R's Daniel (Michael Graziadei)and Amber (Adrienne Frantz). Throw in a scheming, meddlesome MILF like Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and a hilarious four-way (five-way?) call to Loveline and you get one of the best soap couples this year. Take note head writers everywhere, this is how its done.
No. 1: Robin and Patrick - General Hospital
Our No. 1 pick for Daytime's Best Couple, is Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake (Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson) on General Hospital and it's SOAPnet spinoff General Hospital: Night Shift. Despite being part of a franchise hurting for romance, Scrubs gave us a love story this past year that was filled with angst, arguments - notably over the return of Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr.) - and in the end their very own "miracle" baby. Georgie's (Lindze Leatherman) tragic, senseless death on GH had one positive after effect. It brought this amazing couple back together and although it was a bumpy ride (including Robin almost losing her father Robert (Tristan Rogers) to cancer and having to face her own mortality once again), Scrubs finally found their happily ever after and daughter Emma to boot.