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For our first Top 10, we had to go with the most iconic families in soaps! So, who took the top spot? Check it out:
1. The Bauer Family (Guiding Light)
Once Guiding Light moved from radio to television in 1952, the German immigrant Bauer family became the focus of the soap. Some of the original members included patriarch Papa Bauer, Bill, Bert, and Ed. The Bauers were often considered to be the moral compass family in the town of Springfield. The Bauer family also provided us with some fan-favorite characters like Dr. Rick, Michelle Santos, and Alan-Michael Spaulding. The Bauer's legacy was often associated in the later years on the show by the annual Bauer Family 4th of July BBQ where the whole town would gather to celebrate the holiday.
2. The Cory Family (Another World)
Rachel Davis became part of Another World's "it" couple when she met the wealthy Mac Cory. The drama that stemmed from their relationship and from Mac's daughter, Iris's resentment towards them was the catalyst for most of the 1970s on the soap. In fact, the blended Cory family and the family business Cory Enterprises brought much of the drama to the show during the majority of it's run. Sadly the Patriarch Mac died in 1989 of a heart attack after the real-life passing of Douglass Watson, the actor who portrayed the iconic character.
10. The Lord Family (One Life to Live)
You cannot think about OLTL and not have your mind immediately conjure up an image of Victoria Lord played by the Icon Erika Slezak, but the Lord family goes back a step further to her father Victor Lord and his company Lord Enterprises. Part of the initial drama for the Lord's surrounded the fact that Victor did not have a male heir to his estate and Victor discovering later in life that he supposedly had a son somewhere out in the world. Viki, herself had her own troubles other than business. She dealt with relationship troubles, multiple personalities, and surprise children. And of course, her infamous rivalry with her father's former wife, Dorian Cramer Lord who Viki blamed for her father's death after he had a debilitating stroke while in her care. Over the years we are introduced to many fan favorites of the Lord family like Tina, Natalie, Joey, Jessica, Todd, and twin Victor, Jr.
9. The Hughes Family (As The World Turns)
The first words that were spoken in As The World Turns back in 1956 were "Good morning, dead," said by Nancy Hughes, played by Helen Wagner. And the last words were spoken by her son Dr. Bob Hughes, played by Don Hastings as he said "goodnight" to the audience.in 2010. To have a family like the Hughes' that stayed relevant from the very beginning of the soap to the end was special to witness as a viewer.
8. The Capwell Family (Santa Barbara)
Santa Barbara revolved around the Capwell family and the drama that ensued from their relationships with the other families in the town. The powerful and wealthy C.C. Capwell, who was played by the late Jed Allen, often put his greed surrounding his business ahead of his family. His children Kelly, Mason, Ted, and Eden were at the heart of the shows biggest storylines and relationships. Most notably with his daughter Eden. She was half of the show's most beloved supercouple with police officer Cruz Castillo.
7. The Newman Family (The Young and the Restless)
Even though the Newman family was not introduced until seven years after the show debuted they quickly became one of the soaps core families thanks to the head of the family, Victor Newman. Victor and the love of his life Nikki gained supercouple status with their constant romance and drama over the decades since their first meeting. The Newman children Victoria, Nick and Adam also have added greatly to the legacy of the Newman name. And the family's never-ending feud with business (and sometimes personal) rivals The Abbott family has been a thing of beauty and heartbreak for viewers.
6. The Forrester Family (The Bold and the Beautiful)
The fashion mogul Forrester Family is one of two original families on the soap. Eric and Stephanie and their hoard of children are at the center of the show. Their rivalries and relationships with the other families on the show are what drives the drama. And their fashion designs bring the flare! Their son, Ridge (who turns out to biologically not be a Forrester at all) has been part of the shows long-lasting love-triangle with Brooke Logan and Taylor Hayes. And Ridge's daughter with Taylor, Steffy has been plagued with the task of carrying on the rivalry between the Forresters and the Logans by being in her own love-triangle with Liam Spencer and Brooke's daughter, Hope.
5. The Buchanan Family (One Life to Live)
The rugged men of the Buchanan family, who were inspired by the Ewing's from the primetime soap Dallas, made their way into Llanview in 1989. Brothers Clint and Bo along with their billionaire father Asa quickly cemented their prominence in the soap and became fan-favorites. Clint's marriage to Victoria Lord had its ups and downs but always had fans wanting more. Asa and his need to protect....and control his family brought much amusement and drama to the tight-knit clan. And my personal favorite, Bo Buchanan and his relationship with Nora Hanen. Bo and Nora's first wedding will go down in soap history as one of the most exciting, thanks to Little Richard singing them down the aisle.
4. The Horton Family (Days of Our Lives)
Tom and Alice Horton are the unofficial official grandparents of soap operas! The iconic Horton family who is now working on their sixth generation has been at the forefront of Days of Our Lives from the very beginning. Many key characters stem from the branches of this family tree. Characters like Hope Brady, Jennifer Horton, Maggie Horton, Lucas Horton, and Eli Grant just to name a few. Thanks to Tom and Alice, the show has two Christmas traditions that always bring smiles to viewers faces. The being the reading of the Christmas story to children who are in the hospital. Every year someone gets the honor of reading the story. And then, of course, there is the quintessential Horton ornament hanging. A beautiful tradition has been carried on for Alice by her granddaughter, Julie.
3. The Abbott Family (The Young and the Restless)
The Abbott's have been the staple family of The Young and the Restless since their entrance into Genoa City in 1980. Business conglomerate founder, John Abbott, and children Jack, Ashley, Traci and black sheep Billy have always lived by the motto of the family first. Even when they are at odds with each other you can always count on their forgiveness. In large part thanks to Traci, the heart of the Abbott family, who is always there to play peacemaker between the siblings. The Abbott's have a layered rivalry with fellow core family, the Newmans. Jack and Victor Newman's hatred for each other carries decades of schemes and betrayals. It didn't help much when Ashley threw gas on the fire by marrying their rival and producing a child that is half Abbott/half Newman.
2. The Brady Family (Days of Our Lives)
The Brady family is widely considered to be one of the two most prominent families on Days of Our Lives, second only to the Hortons. The Irish-American family became an instant hit with viewers with the arrival of Roman Brady back in 1981. He was followed by parents Caroline and Shawn. As well as siblings Kimberly, Kayla and Bo. They expanded their family by adopting Frankie and Max in the late 80s. Often considered to be the moral compasses of the show, they have a long-standing feud with the devious DiMera family. Thanks to the Brady's we have been blessed with some of the show's best couples including Roman and Marlena, Bo and Hope, and my OTP, Kayla and Steve. In recent years, the show has been represented by prominent characters Sami, Carrie, and brother Eric. As well as Ciara, Claire, and Will Horton. In fact, it's hard to find people in the town of Salem that are not somehow related to the Bradys or the Hortons.
and the most iconic soap opera family is.....
1. The Quartermaine Family (General Hospital)
And winning by a landslide is the eccentric and forever entertaining Quartermaine family. Since their introduction in 1977, when Alan Quartermaine made his way into Port Charles, they have been the essential family of General Hospital. With characters like Edward, Lila, and the iconic Tracy how could they not be popular?! The dysfunctional socialites are known for their pizza Thanksgivings and comedic spats between each other. The Q's are currently notably represented by Ned, Jason, Michael, and Monica. Leslie Charleson, who plays Monica, is the longest-serving cast member on the soap with 42 years in the role coming this August!!
Thank you again for participating in our first Top 10!! Stay tuned for the next one! And if you have any suggestions for a Top 10 let us know!