I was an 80s teen and I love covering all things Generation X!
If you are a child of the '80s, you probably remember the soap opera couples who ruled the airwaves. When a daytime TV couple gained massive popularity , they soon became known as a "super couple" or "supercouple."
Super couples still exist - they're just not as popular as they were in the eighties; back then, you didn't need to watch soap operas to know who the super couples were - you knew them because of their astronomical popularity... this is not true today.
It would seem that the glory days of the super couple is over, but the stars that made them famous are still around. I even hear that some of the characters are still lurking around.. let's play look back, shall we?
Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner Get Married
Greg and Jenny - All My Children
Greg Nelson and Jenny Gardner (Laurence Lau and Kim Delaney) are my favorite 80's soap opera super couple. Who can ever forget all of the obstacles that stood between them? Greg's snobby mother, Jenny's crazy, off color mother (Opal Gardner, masterfully played by Dorothy Lyman), and that awful, hateful witch....Liza Colby (Marcy Walker) - I think the only 80s TV character more evil than Liza, was that horrid kid from Little House on the Prairie, Nellie Olsen (Alison Arngrim) - who didn't want to wring her little chicken neck? However, I digress...
No doubt, if you watched the destined for doom love affair between Greg and Jenny, you will never forget the jet-ski accident, and their tragic, waterlogged ending...
For Kim Delaney, Jenny's demise was a good thing - especially when you look at the progress of the acting careers of other actors mentioned here. Kim made the transition from soap star to bona fide TV star (not film star though - again the Megs and Juliannes are hard to come by...) and she hasn't looked back. To her credit, Kim can count several highly rated prime time television shows to her credit: C.S.I. Miami, NYPD Blue, The O.C., and Army Wives - not bad, eh?
For Laurence Lau...well, let us just say that things have not been as spectacular as it has been for his 80s on-screen other half (Delaney). He played around on a dozen or so guest spots for a decade, nothing important to mention - then he landed right back in Pine Hills (All My Children setting) as Greg Nelson in 2008; today, his character is no longer listed in the regular line-up... oh well, what was Greg without Jenny anyways?
Luke and Laura - General Hospital
Without a doubt, ABC TV's Luke and Laura (Anthony Geary and Genie Frances) are the number one soap opera super couple of all time. Even though they were a fictional couple, their nuptials rivaled the American popularity of the Royal Wedding of Charles, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer (The Royal Wedding most cherished by Generation X).
Everyone forgot about the couple's violent beginnings (a gigantic understatement), when Luke Spencer raped Laura Webber on a dance room floor - we all just magically fell in love with the couple as ABC planned.
Today, Anthony Geary is still playing Luke Spencer on General Hospital (GH) - I'm not sure how successful that makes him as an actor, but it certainly keeps his wallet fattened up.
Before GH, Genie Francis had a rather long Hollywood career, most people remember her from way back when in her Bare Essence days. Genie stayed with her role as Laura Vining Webber Baldwin Spencer until 2008, now she has gone on to other television projects. She was last seen in TV You Control: Bar Karma, a series about an enigmatic watering hole stationed at the end of the universe...hmmm, I guess not everyone can be a Meg Ryan or Julianne Moore.
Bo Finds Out Hope is Marrying Larry
Bo and Hope - The Days of Our Lives
I didn't regularly watch The Days of Our Lives, but I can certainly have a knowledgeable conversation about the love affair between Bo Brady and Hope Williams (Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso).
Bo was the reckless rebel (he even had a motorcycle), and Hope was a rich, American Sweetheart type of girl (intensely beautiful and nauseatingly sweet - although I don't believe Larry Welch thought she was so sweet when she dumped him for Bo ) - when the two paired, it was pure soap opera magic.
No one who watched will ever forget the day Bo kidnapped Hope on her wedding day to another man, we watched in awe as the couple finally wed in a beautiful, British "royal wedding" style ceremony. We were happy when their children were born and devastated at the loss of one of their children. Bo and Hope weathered many storms together, but when their love was tested it always came through.
Regular viewers of Days will know that Kristian Alfonso remained on the show, while Peter Reckell departed and his character was killed off. But, their status as the greatest 80s soap opera super couple of all time is irrefutable.
Well folks, we have come to the end of our 80's trip down memory lane. I know, I know, you might be thinking, what about Holden and Lily, Victor and Nikki, Jesse and Angie, Steve and Betsy, Tom and Margo, Erica Kane and... Mike, Adam, Jeremy, Travis, Jackson, Dimitri...and this list could go on, and on, and on...
I had to end this particular trip somewhere, but if you are still in the mood to continue riding down memory lane, you should check out Five Soap Opera Divas We Loved to Hate.
© 2011 Rachelle Williams
Sarafine on February 19, 2015:
Reply to your comment on my reeviw on Shadowland: YEAH. I got pretty upset. I mean, in the beginning of THIS one, you don't have a complete opinion about the whole thing yet, of course. It gets bad from the middle to the ending. I'm sad because I like the series. Really. And the author made bad things on the third book... I'm in hope of the story being fixed up. :)AND, I prefer the Netherlands cover. Beautiful! :)
Katie on April 29, 2012:
Bo & Hope and Greg & Jenny for sure! But never Luke & Laura because Luke raped Laura.
LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on December 07, 2011:
I never really got into Bo and Hope, but Jenny and Greg/Luke and Laura .... That's when the soaps were really interesting and fun to watch.
ournote2self on July 13, 2011:
I am not a soap opera watcher, but back in high school my friends were. We'd go to my friends house for lunch and they'd all be stuck to the TV screen watching Days Of Our Lives. I was shocked when channel surfing YEARS later to see a lot of the same characters still on the show.
Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on May 04, 2011:
I used to be so addicted to the soaps I scheduled my day around them. I am finally freeeee! Love your hub! Voted up