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Old 07-28-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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What is the most ridiculous soap opera?

The most stupidest soap that's shown in the UK I would say is EastEnders, followed by Emmerdale. I used to be a massive fan of EastEnders but over recent years the cynic that seems to be emerging from inside of me has made me give up on this program. I think it's enjoyable and occasionally it can cover a storyline with sensitivity and realism, but for the most part I can sit and pick holes in it's portrayal of 'real East London life'. The bus that collided with thin air and crashed killing everyone on board. The daughter who for most of her life despised her father after he snatched her daughter from her arms and is able to manipulated her for years and who forgives him weeks before his wedding. Real east Londoners say it portrays them in a bad light. They are portrayed as being surly, unhelpful, unfriendly and thick, so no wonder they don't like this show.

And no Londoner is that provincial. All the soaps are guilty of this, where they always visit the same pub and cafe, only shop in 2 shops that happen to be on the same street where they live and work. It's like there is some inexplicable force that prevents them leaving the square, street or village, similar to the film The Truman Show. You don't want to go to the Rovers or Roy's cafe? You live in Manchester, one of the country's largest cities, go to another one! I live in a tiny town, yet there's more than one pub or cafe for me to visit if I didn't want to go to one in particular for some reason. I've also lived in a village and I know that most people in villages travel into town for work, so why is it that on Emmerdale this is not the case?

Also, to talk about specific storylines now, if there happened to be a murder like there was with Tom King a few years ago, that would litterally be the only topic in a small village. So how comes no one on Emmerdale ever mentioned it? How comes the scriptwriters write a role for a 7 year old girl who is supposed be very clever but she behaves entirely like an adult rather than a child? Even though she's barely 8, I say Belle Dingle is perfectly capable of fending for herself rather than being in the crutches of her inbred family. We've seen her negotiate rent with the lodger for her older brother, comfort her aunt after her love life has gone wrong and direct a Christmas play for the church. Even the writers on EastEnders are able to script a role for an academically clever child but still behaves like one with Tiffany.

I'd say the best soap in terms of consistent characterization and realistic stroytelling is Coronation Street. Although it is provincial, overall it successfully blends serious drama with realism and a lighthearted sense of humour. It's got better since Kym Marsh has left. Even Ozzy the dog can act better than her.
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I'm pretty sure it was Passions
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Is Gossip Girl a soap? I know it's a bad show, the promotional ads are bad enough, but I'm not sure it's considered a soap opera. The Bill used to considered a soap but recently ITV are showing it after the watershed so that there will be more gritty storylines, so technically I'm not sure whether it'll still be considered a soap anymore.

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I watched the final scene from the very last episode on YouTube and even by watching just a few minutes of it I found it annoying and funny because it was so bad. Wasn't this the soap that just wouldn't die despite it's complete lack of viewers? I do find American soaps amusing, but I they don't show many of them over here anymore. A few years ago they showed one called Sunset Beach which was hilarious. I was reading about it on Wikepedia and apparantly this show had more viewers watching it on Channel 5 over here than it did in America, and the broadcasters over here evn offered to partly fund it. Now channel 5 is a minor terestrial channel that some people still can't get even with digital TV. Sunset Beach was on at a time before many people had digital and I know many parts of the country couldn't get any signal on channel 5. So that's testamount to how few people were watching Sunset Beach, but I've know many people at work who watched it. It was so bad it was great. The melodrama, the dream sequences the OTT storylines. Is Days Of Our Lives still on? They tried to put that on after Sunset Beach was axed but it it nevr got as many viewers so they dropped it. This was quite similar to Sunset Beach. What about Bold and the Beautiful? I wasn't as keen on that. It focussed too much on one incesterial family. The character Brooke was a whore.
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My wife really liked it and therefore I had to sit through it - it was pretty awful but it was also pretty funny not in an intentional way though.
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I don't have a wife but I still use soap whenever I bathe. People seem to like me better when I do.
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I heard that they are axing one soap very soon that's been on for years. I think it's either Days Of Our Lives or Golden Light. They've never shown Golden Light over here. It sounds like a religious, is it? Will you cry if they axe Golden Light or Days Of Our Lives?
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I heard that they are axing one soap very soon that's been on for years. I think it's either Days Of Our Lives or Golden Light. They've never shown Golden Light over here. It sounds like a religious, is it? Will you cry if they axe Golden Light or Days Of Our Lives?
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My wife watches some soap, and on it there is some dude that talks to a man in a squirrel costume, which is pretty awesome if you ask me.
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This is not aimed at the OP at all...but I do not abide women who watch this drivel, period. Any of it. If I was dating someone and I found out she was seriously into soaps, she'd either have to stop or she'd have to go. If I had a male friend who was seriously into soaps, I'd tell him to never speak of it or he'd have to go also.
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I don't have a wife but I still use soap whenever I bathe. People seem to like me better when I do.
Marginally at best.
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This is not aimed at the OP at all...but I do not abide women who watch this drivel, period. Any of it. If I was dating someone and I found out she was seriously into soaps, she'd either have to stop or she'd have to go. If I had a male friend who was seriously into soaps, I'd tell him to never speak of it or he'd have to go also.
I'm sure women think the same about guys with their sports...
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I'm sure women think the same about guys with their sports...
Just wrestling.
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