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  • zkrons
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    I have been watching GH since I was little and have watched it consistenly with small breaks since OLTL & AMC were cancelled. However, I don’t have a lot of time in my day and feel like watching GH has become a waste of my time. DOOL (which I have seen numerous epsidoes of, but have never watched regularly) seems to draw my attention more with established families (a quality GH is awful with) and fantastic familiar faces, especially with the announcement of Tyler Christopher (I loved Nicholas until he became evil) and Louise Sorel (who is not a familiar face to me, but I have heard great things about her). I have also considered switching to Y&R, which I watched regularly for about a year and a half, ending about a year ago, but feel that it lacks concrete character development and will soon be in a similar situation as GH. And I think B&B is on the edge of incest and is generally insufferable. So what do y’all think I should do?

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    robbalto
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    It’s difficult to give a definitive answer because the quality of the soaps is always evolving, and of course people have different ideas about what is worth watching. But I will take a stab.

    I have watched Y&R since its inception, with some lapses. I watched consistently from about 1999-2009, but I have not really enjoyed it since then. Until now. This summer, the show has become really good. It may not qualify as must-see, but it is enjoyable and actually the most character-driven of the four soaps (at the moment). The work of the new writer, Mal Young, begins airing in October, so it is hard to say where the show is headed.

    Days is pretty good right now, except for the disastrous story of Steve’s son Tripp (update — this story now appears to have more or less concluded). Ron C’s material is just beginning, so the jury is still out, but there are a lot of exciting actors who will be appearing over the next 5-6 months. And he is giving airtime to Deidre Hall and Judi Evans, which I greatly appreciate. The show is also a good mix of humor, romance, and intrigue. I’ve only watched Days regularly for about three years, but I do enjoy the family focus and I like a lot of the characters.

    I’ve never really been a fan of B&B, but I have actually enjoyed it quite a bit for the last 2 1/2 years or so. This summer has been somewhat disappointing, but the show is still entertaining and watchable overall.

    After years of hoping for improvement, I gave up GH in January. I’ve watched on and off since 1980. I do not care for the mob-driven, crime-driven tone of the show, and that does not appear to be changing anytime soon. I just completely lost interest.

    So my response is not very definitive, but I hope it helps. I would suggest trying a few days of each and seeing which clicks most with you.

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    EmmyLoser
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    Excellent points as always by robbalto above.

    I’m currently only watching DAYS and B&B, though I feel confident enough saying the two shows you probably want to consider are right now are DAYS and Y&R.

    I had seen GH in bits and pieces until I picked it up a few years ago and watched consistently for a couple of years. But I stopped about a year and a half ago, only watching a few episodes here or there, and haven’t regretted the decision once.

    I’ve been watching B&B for about a year and a half now, and while it was great last year, it seems to have come into a lull. I’ve watched the show for periods off and on since the late 90s, and what seems to be true in recent history is that I can only enjoy watching the show consistently for about 15 months or so. After that, things mostly begin to feel too repetitive or like they don’t make sense with what was happening before. Current examples include watching Bill lecture Thomas on paternal responsibility and how he should be with Caroline because they have a child together, even though Bill very recently divorced the mother of his son to marry her own sister, and even though Caroline left Thomas (and moved across the country for really no reason) and is only interested in him when he’s seeing someone else, as well as everything happening in the storyline with Eric, Quinn, Sheila and Ridge. Eric’s continued association with Sheila is preposterous, and his reckless abandonment of his family and company (after months of them all crying about being under the gun to create a new collection) just doesn’t make sense for him or for any grown man. And his goodbye scenes with Ridge were way too similar to Katie’s goodbye to Brooke, which, in case it’s unclear, did not take at all, since the two seem as close as ever.

    I have watched Y&R for periods here and there over the years, but never very consistently. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of the show this year very much, and it seems like things have only gotten better since I last checked in. I have a fair amount of confidence in Mal Young, given his pedigree, that he’ll produce some good stuff down the line. It is a little bit concerning that Y&R continually gravitates toward the model of having a single HW/EP, which in the past has been really problematic, I think largely because of the checks and balances get thrown off.

    DAYS has always been my show, and I’ve been watching it consistently for as long as I can remember, probably for as long as I could talk, since the early 80s, and really watching daily (through the miracle of VCR, lol) since the mid-90s, around the time Kristian Alfonso came back to the show. I can be biased about it. But so far, Ron has looked promising. The one story that I don’t think is him trying to write his way out of a mess created by the previous regime is the doppelganger story, which I think he just whipped up after the Angelica story had been so lame, and it’s great fun. The other storylines are being wrapped up or transitioned, successfully in most cases, and it has been enjoyable. Jumping on now also has the advantage of basically joining the run at the beginning, so any really long-term stories that will be playing out have probably not started yet or are only just barely beginning.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I would say give both Days and Y&R a try and see how it goes for you. Days has turned around due to Ron Carlivati’s writing and tons of great talent is coming back to the show for at lest guest appearances and I am hoping permanently (esp. Chandler Massey!) (: Both shows have great core families and respect their histories (for the most part) but like all soaps they have their ups and downs quality wise.

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    DS0816
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    I’m not really watching the broadcast networks’ soaps nowadays. There are characters I care to see (like Nathan and Maxie on ABC’s General Hospital). There are characters whose storylines I don’t like (with a great example being Billy and Phyllis on CBS’s The Young and the Restless). But, from what I do watch, I get reminded that the No. 1 reason for the soaps still getting people to tune in are their casts. With my on-and-off soap-viewing dating back to the mid-1980s (the first I was exposed to, in the late-1970s, was ABC’s Ryan’s Hope), the up-and-down quality of a given soap made tuning in still worthy enough because of a series’ cast.

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