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The Young and the Restless (1973)
Classic Daytime TV at its finest
Like most Y&R fans, I started watching with my mom and Grams. It was and still is a family tradition (one that's actually fun!). It's the most realistic (well as realistic as a soap opera can be) soap on television. It's dramatic and entertaining. The Abbott v. Newman conflict is a tradition within the show that never fails to disappoint and is a good constant. The writers are careful not to fall into traps that other soaps do by having plots be too outlandish. The writing and the acting are superb. Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman as Victor Newman and Jack Abbott, respectively, are classic enemies. My favorite characters Phyllis Summers-Newman and Michael Baldwin (portrayed by the utterly fabulous Michelle Stafford and Christian LeBlanc) are deliciously villainous and incredible to watch. All in all, Y&R is a bright spot in the increasingly ridiculous world of daytime TV (I used to watch Passions, B&B and ATWT and they all pale in comparison).
Give it a go and you won't regret it.
Gilmore Girls (2000)
Gotta love the girls!
One of my favourite shows on television at the moment, Gilmore Girls is cleverly written and immensely entertaining. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are incomparable as tight-knit mother/daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. The supporting cast, including Scott Patterson (as the good looking diner owner and ying to Lorelai's yang)as well as Kelly Bishop (who is incredibly talented) and Edward Herrman (who is fantastic) as Lorelai's cold WASPy parents who don't understand their free-spirited daughter, is perfection. Let's not forget the fantastic writing is witty and flows amazingly (beware the super fast dialogue). The story lines are evolving yet consistent as we follow Lorelai's journey to finding a real relationship and the creation of Rory's own distinct personality. While Lorelai was raised in a frigid world of privilege, her daughter Rory grows up in loving unconventional situation. Lorelai raises Rory alone, (she got pregnant with Rory at age 16 and left home shortly after) with the occasional appearance by Rory's father Christopher (played by the handsome David Sutcliffe). Through the seasons, the girls have their ups and downs both with each other and in their respective relationships. Fortunately, the show never loses its charm, nor does it take the route of "lesson learned" with a nice hug and sentimental music. The humour of the show's creator Amy Sherman-Palladino cannot be underestimated. She gave us a gem. Give the girls a chance and you won't be disappointed! Copper boom!