Soap opera couples dating real life
Well before Annalise Keating of In many ways, daytime soaps preceded the kinds of diverse approaches to storytelling now championed by Shonda Rhimes dramas.
But their contributions weren’t valued then, and they’re still largely ignored today.
The concept of the “supercouple” on daytime television, colloquially known as soaps or soap operas, is a romantic pairing closely associated with the following: their ability to overcome obstacles (children with other people, baby swaps, paternity tests, kidnappings, and murderous villains); a multitude of marriages (including with each other); and their love withstands the test of time.
In other words, viewers are invested in watching the various iterations of the same couple.
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I’m a fourth-generation soap watcher who got hooked on the shows the way a lot of fans do: spending summers watching TV alongside an older relative during school breaks.
2) Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor As it turns out, Christine Taylor wasn’t acting when her character fell in love with the ditzy but lovable Derek Zoolander.
But daytime, before primetime, provided valuable space for black characters to be layered—and for viewers, black and otherwise, to appreciate their complexity.
Every time I see these new-school characters, I remind myself of where I’ve seen them before.
In her later years, my great-grandmother kept two TVs and two VCRs in her apartment—one to tape the ABC soaps, and the other for the CBS soaps, of which her all-time favorite was was the easiest to keep up with: You could tune out for a week without missing anything crucial to the overarching story, and it was accessible because, unlike some other programs, the same actors stayed in the same roles for years.’s powerhouse stable of 90s black characters, better than some of my own cousins.
So it's interesting to see primetime television and streaming services like Netflix being heralded for ushering in a new age of black television, as if we were never allowed to be ourselves onscreen before.