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Two things tickle me in relation to this never-ending saga: the illogicality of many situations, and the blatant inconsistencies, hypocrisies, contradictions and double standards displayed by most characters. These two ingredients combine to make up an insidiously alluring cocktail, which may explain why B & B, in spite of its cheesiness, has the potential for becoming addictive, as exemplified by so many testimonials, both within my own social circle and elsewhere (for example, on this website). The principal characters, who are rarely seen engaged in normal activities (such as work), are prone to proclaim their undying loyalty to one another, backed by strong moral principles, family values, marriage etc., then break their promises and behave like alley cats, just a few weeks down the track. One example amongst hundreds: when Brooke is confronted by Taylor with the question: 'How could you sleep with Nick the night you thought your husband had died?', she contrives to look dutifully repentant and says something like 'I don't know how to explain it'. Not very convincing. The endless proclamations of belief in the sanctity and permanence of marriage are contradicted with monotonous regularity by the behavior of most characters. In spite of this, all second, third etc. weddings take place in a chapel in the presence of an (ostensibly Christian) celebrant. Christianity of course, or at least the traditional view of it, is frequently set aside when characters indulge in bitching about one other, undermining the reputation of others, cheating in various ways, etc. The most common method of rumbling the frequent conspiracies is by eavesdropping behind a half-closed door, then charging into the conspiratorial environment and confronting the conspirators with dramatic remarks. Again, not very convincing. There seems to be a tendency, on the part of the scriptwriters, to demonize female characters to a greater extent than male ones. There are no male counterparts to Sheila, Stephanie or Sally Spectra, just to name a few. The glitzy ambiance and would-be glamorous surroundings are an obvious smokescreen, designed to hide the basically vacuous lives of the majority of characters, deprived as they are of any authentic ideals. The mirage works quite well. And one could continue ... in spite of all the above (and more), B & B remains an entertaining soapie which will be missed when, inevitably, the final curtain falls. PS. Incidentally, have any of the characters ever heard of contraception?
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if i could give a 0 i would or even a negative number. i mean this show doesn't even make sense. i mean didn't Taylor die earlier in the show? and suddenly she is alive again?? and Ridge isn't Eric's son. this show is really full of NONSENSE! the people who are supposed to be dead aren't actually dead. in the end who will really die in the show? and Brooke is way to old to have children and she is like a baby factory. man, could this show get any worse? there is another that is so stupid. Ridge and Brigette? how could she feel that Ridge actually had any feelings for her? i mean they treat each other as brother and sister. this show is really full of thrash. can't believe it has been able to continue for so long!
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OK. How in the world did this soap be the best? First of all, this soap
is cheesy, secondly - the story lines are corny, and thirdly - they
made love as trash!
I mean come on, B&B would be the best but face it, the story is totally cheap and the characters keeps changing from one to another person. Like Brooke having her sex appeal to the rich guys, her daughter Bridgette keeps changing her temper of Nick like for example: I hate you - I love you, Thomas is always liking the ugly's and Nick is becoming to be playboy! IT'S ALL TERRIFYING! For all of you Soap opera fans, if you are choosing to watch this soap show: Don't watch it.
I rate it 1/10. They should change the story lines.
..And that's maybe not the worst yet!
I love soap operas. Who can forget (Knots Landing) or (Falcon Crest)? But some goods when outlive for more than their competence.. They transform into envenomed!
At first it was another, late 80s, so TV-ish, daytime soap. Namely sexy, melodramatic and yeah.. boring! But after that, it turned while keeping itself outwardly glossy into ugly huge farce.
I can't say it's a diary of a family. I can't say it's fine thrilling melodrama. I just can say that it's a living exploitation of soap. And you know what? It's successful. Damn one too!
(The Bold and the Beautiful), after 22 years and counting, is a real fine example of the kind of drama which some viewers need everyday like a requisite meal to satisfy their hanger (for living a romance, feeling rich, beating enemies..) whatever the acting was, and whatever the manipulation is.
I somewhat caught on its formula : a sexual desire, a sinful love, a separation between 2 lovers, a wicked plot and a surprise. Then another round. Then another one. Then another with other characters, with new characters, then between the old and new characters, then between them and us maybe!, then the same formula again with the same characters afresh, going on and on till the end of you, days or its time on screen (namely : its cancellation !).
It's a perfect scheme. So loved and long-lived. But who can stand endless story lines, everlasting dialog, the silence of the actors before cutting to another scene or commercials, and most of all the changing of partners?? Whoever can stand all of this for more than 5500 episodes I'm surely not one of them. Why is that ? Because I don't have non-critic mentality, a desperate passion for melodrama, and that PATIENCE!
Speaking about the changing of partners thing I recall a line was said by (Dean Stockwell) in one of (Quantum Leap)'s episodes talking about a soap opera "Here Sam, everybody is sleeping with everybody". (B & B) maybe broke this rule since in it everybody slept, sleeps, and will sleep with everybody! Sometimes I think that they have nothing to do in this world but sleeping with each other, then chatter and chatter and chatter, to re-sleep again yet with others. It's not the story of life, it's the life of very profitable story! I know that it got the power to make you sleep in front of it too!
Did its success become a curse ?! I don't completely think so. Not for the actors since they're all well-paid. Not for the viewers since they get what they want. But maybe for the writers. These people got to write one work for over than 2 decades ?? OH MY GOD! This is, in spite of all the money in the world, so heavy mission to be done. So, based on my compassion, I'll forgive them for such events like the one of my title's line which was the first thing I heard when I tried to continue watching this series again after years of losing any interest in it (yes, first I felt panic, thinking that the mom slept with her own son, but I understood it right later!). Hence when things reach this far.. I invite you to do what I already did : Changing the Channel. Believe me.. You'll feel so bold and beautiful after!
In the next episodes I bet you.. the son will turn out to the real father of his sister, (Ridge) will turn out to be a brother of his mother, (Eric Forrester) will have a sex change operation, (Brooke) will turn into lesbian (if she didn't yet?!), and I can see the end right now; the aliens will take them all away (it kind of happened before, didn't it?!). And for that I'll salute the creative writers. Simply, what can a teleplay writer do More ?!!!
Originally, as much the viewers want it, as much it gains more time on air, and so that's what has to happen. Though it triumphed over any jesting even its own already, being the most-watched soap in the world with an audience of an estimated 26.2 million viewers in more than 110 nations. So while I believe that it is provoking sitcom; running without laughing tracks or laughing.. Others don't, and that's in fact what makes it provoking. But everybody got their own classics. This show is classic for some. Classic crap for others. Hell, it is classic both ways!
Ah, yes. I can remember when I was in high school. One thing I would do my junior and senior year when I was home from school was watch this classic soap opera. From that moment on, I was hooked on it. In addition, I also enjoyed the days when Agnes Bruckner played Bridget Forrester. At first, when Macy (Bobbie Eakes) left the show in 2003, I didn't watch it as much. Today, it's my absolute favorite. If you ask me, Macy was absolutely diabolical. You'd have to have seen the show between 1987 and 2003 if you want to know why. However, this is still a good soap opera. In conclusion, I highly recommend this classic soap opera to all you die-hard CBS fans.
Are the Scriptwriters all in the 10 - 12 year old age group? Anybody over that age could write better scenarios than they do - what is written is pathetic!! If I want to watch 'crap', I will from now on - I'll watch the 'Wiggles'!! It's an older audience who watches The Bold & The Beautiful,& we're not morons!! Pick your writing up, or get new people who can. I have watched this show for many years, & it used to be interesting - now, you can switch on after 4 days and not have missed a thing!! Have production costs been cut or what? Some of the scenarios are just beyond belief - nobody could be as stupid as some of the characters are made out to be, yet these are 'people' who run or are involved in multi-million dollar corporations?
The bold and the beautiful has daytime's best actress in Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and were created by legendary William Bell. That alone is wonderful. The main characters over the years has been Stephanie, Eric, their children and the people involved with their children, such as Brooke, Taylor and Macy. Classic soap opera in the world of fashion. Lovetriangles and family loyalty are the keywords to this soap opera. Rivlaries that can go on and on for years since they are all part of the same family and same company. They can't break lose from each other, so they try instead to win their battles. The saga of Brooke and Ridge have been a big part of the show, but it went old and boring long ago. Ridge needs to find a new woman. Brooke and Taylor can compete for someone else. Eric and Stephanie should stand united as the show's only secure couple. Felicia is a great addition. And enough of re-run story lines and stupid plots. Other than that, the show also needs some fresh air. Otherwise a great soap opera.
The bold and the beautiful can defiantly be blamed for the mistreatment of
its most important character, the divine Mrs. Brooke Logan, but in the last
few years, under executive producer brad bell, it became one of the most
surprising and shocking soaps. With plotlines involving the revelation of
the father of Becky's baby, ridge's paternity proven wrong, Brooke's
pregnancy by her son-in-law and what is referred to as `the best kept secret
in daytime television history' - the return of kimberlin brown's psychotic
character Sheila - B&B has proven itself as a must-watch soap. The once
slowed-paced show has became a blink-and-you'll-miss-it TV with plenty of
surprises and shocks still in store.
If only the producers will look back to the show's roots and restore Brooke's integrity and character I would rate the show as `perfect
I can't believe how bad this is. I've only been tuning in about twice a
week for about four months. I find the writing predictable and the
characters annoying. It's almost as if someone decided to try to come
up with the worst soap ever. Well, they succeeded. Wait - I think the
ill - fated Passions might have been a tie, but that at least was
funny. This is like soap opera 101, maybe geared to the junior high
crowd. The men are all controlling and the women are like characters
from the 1950s.
I'm sad to see Jacob Young here. I was a big fan of All My Children, we all know what's happening with that. AMC was everything that this is not; it had great writing, it was classy and the actors made the characters come alive.
Also I'm surprised that Bell also produces Young and the Restless, which is far superior to this drivel.
While I love this soap, some of the characters are so weird or crazy that you wouldn't want to be anywhere near them in real life. Especially Stephanie Forrester and her mini-me, Taylor, who has to be the absolutely worst psychiatrist on soaps. These are the 2 biggest hypocrites on the show, one in love with her own son and trying to kill her own grandchild, and the other killing a woman, lying about it for months, and then marrying the widower, but it never stops them from hypocritically passing judgment on every single other character. Every time I see either one of these, I know there's going to be another jaw-dropping hypocrisy moment occurring!! I've enjoyed seeing the 4 cornerstone characters (Eric, Stephanie, Brooke, and Ridge) stay with the show all these years, and hope for years to come.
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