No. 10: John and Marlena, Days of Our Lives
There are few couples that come to define an era for a soap opera. When you think of Days of Our Lives in the 60’s and 70’s you think of Doug and Julie, Bill and Laura and Mickey and Maggie. When you consider the early 80’s it was all about Roman and Marlena and Bo and Hope. The late 80’s gave us Shane and Kim and Patch and Kayla, but also marked Deidre Hall’s Marlena discovering an irresistible connection with a new “Roman” played by Wayne Northrop’s replacement Drake Hogestyn.
From the second Doc ran her hands through that hairy maze on The Pawn’s chest, fans were desperate for it to be revealed that John Black was in reality back-from-the-dead supercop Roman Brady. So yeah, that happened, then six or so years later they retconned the entire thing and revealed the “Roman” who had raised Carrie (Christie Clarke), Eric (Jensen Ackles) and Sami (Alison Sweeney) was really John Black (then Forrest Alamain, then a demon-battling priest, then a cosmetics mogul, then a DiMera/Brady hybrid, then a robot, then a partridge in a pear tree…), but by then it was too late for fans of the original Roman and Marlena, because John and Marlena, or “Jarlena” as they would come to be lovingly known, was DAYS’ it couple during the 90’s and 00’s; which is why it was so shocking when Dee and Drake were told to get to stepping in 2008 due to budgetary constraints, along with several of their supercouple peers.
Flash-forward to 2011 and DAYS executive producer Ken Corday managed to find enough change under the cushions to finally bring the ultimate Salemite lovers home where they belong, and he also hired a new pair of head writers and co-executive producers will the skillset to afford them a meaty, topical, white collar crimes story arc. Sometimes dreams really do come true!
No. 9: Liam and Hope, The Bold and the Beautiful
Young love is a wonderful thing to behold, and for much of 2011 we found ourselves basking in the post-adolescent affections of Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Kim Matula) on CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful. We rooted for the illegitimate Spencer publishing scion and the Logan offspring from scandalous origins as they faced countless obstacles.
First there was Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz), still trying to pass off possibly biracial babies on unsuspecting boys a decade or so after she initially pulled that stunt on Hope’s older brother. Then there was all the interference from Liam’s poorly dressed father Bill (Don Diamont), and dear ol’ dad’s nubile, just-out-of-her teens almost mistress Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). We hoped against Hope that Hope (Whew! That’s a lotta Hope!) would beat Steffy to the top of that mountain in Aspen (Which Jamey now realizes is in fact in the United States), but alas Liam and Hope’s young love was torn apart forever when he married Steffy— at least until next Sweeps.
No. 8: David and Dorian, One Life to Live
Who didn’t cheer for One Life to Live’s dynamic duo of David Vickers Buchanan (Tuc Watkins) and Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) during the soap’s final season? Whether it was the desperation David felt while being trapped inside a foreign cell, away from his beloved—and his film career—or Dorian’s outrage over her paramour’s presumed affair with a tacky costar, this May/December pairing never failed to entertain and enrapture.
It’s too bad the legendary Strasser’s early exit prevented David and Dorian from being there at the end of Life, but one thing is for sure, David and Dorian lived their one life to the fullest whenever they were on our screens.
No. 7: Steve and Olivia, General Hospital
Remember the old Salt-n-Pepa song “Let’s Talk About Sex”? In 2011, General Hospital fans could have produced a remix entitled: “Let’s Talk About Steven Lars Webber (Scott Reeves) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa Locicero).” Okay, so that would have been a mouthful of a title, and a bee youch to scroll for during an iTunes search, but you get where we’re going!
Scott Reeves and Lisa LoCicero brought scorching heat back to GH this past year with their characters’ funny, smart and oh-so-sexy romance. What a refreshing respite “Stevia” was from all the stories about babies being killed by their grandpas, relapses into drug addiction and/or HIV as a weapon. Who knew Reeves and LoCicero could hold up the mantle of “Love In The Afternoon” on GH practically all by themselves? Those sure are some strong, sexy shoulders.
No. 6: Tina and Cord, One Life to Live
Love the second time around (or third, or fourth, or fifth…) is always sweeter, and dutiful, hot-headed Cordero "Cord" Roberts (John Loprieno) and scheming Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) proved true love only gets more satisfying to the palate with age this past season on One Life to Live. Even though it had been many years since Loprieno and Evans shared screen time, when they briefly came back together to reunite two of daytime’s most legendary lovers, it looked effortless. The chemistry that made this couple so very super—long before there was squish name to mark such an occasion—was still as palpable as ever.
No. 5: Tad and Dixie, All My Children
They say not even death, time, nor space can truly separate lovers destined to be together. All My Children’s Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Dixie Cooney (Cady McClain) definitely proved that theory to be true, considering she’s come back from the dead twice, to his once!
In 2011, Dixie returned from the dead one last time, amid a borderline sci-fi plot that revealed her one-time lover, David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) had essentially started his own necromancy side hustle via the mysterious Project Orpheus. It may have been dastardly Dr. David who raised Dixie from the grave, but it was the eternal love she shared with Tad that raised millions of fans’ spirits as AMC headed for its final chapter, with Tad and Dixie right where they belonged—together forever. That is of course, unless their drunken son Adam Chandler, Jr. (Jacob Young) shot one of them in the head. Good thing David was at that party…
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No. 4: Billy and Victoria, The Young and the Restless
We give The Young and the Restless showrunner/red carpet staple Maria Arena Bell quite a lot of heck here at Daytime Confidential, but one of the things The-Woman-We-Once-Called-Auntie-Ri-Ri got right in 2011 was the continuing lust affair of bad boy Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) and ice princess Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle). “Villy” is quite possibly the only example of a classic, old school soap romance we have left on daytime TV. Now if she would just run a brush through that hair!
This past year, the offspring of the warring Abbott and Newman clans endured losing custody of their his/hers/ours assortment of children, her meddling, diabolical father and Billy’s character-defining penchant for self-destruction. In the end, not even Billy’s stint in prison in some odd, foreign land we’re not even going to attempt to spell, a farmer in the dell, nor Baby Delia’s medical crisis could keep these lovers apart, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. (Or at least Jamey wouldn’t, since he’s the only DC blogger who likes them!)
No. 3: Deacon and Nikki, The Young and the Restless
Just when it looked like Victor (Eric Braeden) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) were about to get back together for the millionth time on The Young and the Restless, Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) swooped in with a bottle of vodka and stole Nikki right out from under Victor’s nose. As Deacon, along with that comic book character Meggie (Sean Young), were spiking Nikki’s drinks, sparks started flying between "Dikki."
There was something surprisingly special and just plain hot about watching Deacon and Nikki fall for one another. Even though we knew Deacon was basically poisoning Nikki with booze, the chemistry between them made that a non-issue. In fact, let's be real — if loving Dikki is wrong, we don’t want to be right!
No. 2: Shawn and Carly, General Hospital
In a year that saw the twin deities of Doom and Gloom (the Romans call them Guza and Wolf) rule General Hospital with iron, ratings-killing, clenched fists, the budding relationship between reformed mercenary Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore) and resident bitch goddess Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright) proved to be one of the few rays of sunlight peeking through the darkness over Port Chuck.
Shawn began his stay in Port Charles as a hired thug working for the latest in a long line of ridiculous, movie rip-off villains for GH, The Balkan. But while fans screamed for everyone and everything associated with The Balkan storyline to scram from their screens, there was something about Shawn that made it okay with viewers if he stuck around. We’re sure the fact that he’s a big, steaming cup of liquid-hot, mocha sex didn’t hurt!
From the moment Carly patched up Shawn’s gunshot wounds, we were itching to see her tend to other body parts he may have in urgent need of care. The longing, passionate looks and that stolen kiss in Hawaii, only made us ache for Shawn to break Carly’s back even more. Here’s hoping we get our wish in 2012.
No. 1: Victor and Tea, One Life to Live
Trevor St. John and Florencia Lozano have been giving us hot flashes for the past two years on One Life to Live, but in 2011 their patented brand of smoldering hotness threatened to melt our DVRs. Yeah, that’s a lot of clichés, but dammit they were really hot last year! It didn’t matter if his name was Victor, Todd or Rod, but oh-our-GAWD the heat St. John’s character generated with Flo-Lo’s Tea was off the chain!
While the real Todd always seemed to have intimacy issues where Tea was concerned, his twin had no problem sexing and satisfying the muy caliente abogada (That’s Spanish for: “very hot lawyer”). Maybe that should have been our first clue that he wasn’t Todd? That or the height thing. Bygones.
This past year, our Best Daytime Couple for 2011 faced obstacles that would have ripped apart lesser couples forever, as everyone in Llanview learned the Todd they had known, loved and loathed for the past eight years wasn’t who they thought he was. Despite a few episodes of wavering, Tea ultimately came to realize what we already know, a Todd and Tea pairing by any other name is just as erotically charged. All of this serves to explain why we cried foul when a bullet ripped Todd’s, er Victor’s chest open and we lost this pairing forever. Or did we???
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