12 months in evaluation: essentially the most stunning twists and turns of each day soaps, from sudden siblings to explosive outcomes

Earlier this month, as part of its comprehensive review of the year, TVLine drew up a list of 30 twists and turns in prime-time plot that were impossible to beat for a mere shock value. In response during the day chuckled and simply said, “Hold my beer.”

Yes, as they are used to, the soaps worked overtime in 2020 to outperform their evening counterparts. You saw more “zombies” than in The Walking Dead and started more connections than in the three seasons of The Bachelor. A Sudser even unpacked the genre’s first living doll – the first living doll since Passions’ Timmy. This will help you understand how a top 10 list quickly became a top 20 list.

Before clicking on the photo gallery on the right, note the following: this list includes developments on the screen, surprises in the plot that dropped jaws and in some cases led to face palms. For example, you won’t find CBS’s four-year renewal of The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives’ temporary rewrite of Melissa Reeves as Jennifer in the wake of her controversy against Black Lives Matter or ABC’s plans to develop a primetime offshoot of All My Children . We are dealing with on-screen events (even if, as with our entry no. 1, their origin was off-screen).

Well ready to snap? Click the gallery above (or go here for direct access), buckle up and enjoy a time travel through the wild ride we have been on during the day for the past 12 months.

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