A whopping 43% of SOAPnet.com readers picked "General Hospital" for best soap. The show turned in two very strong episodes from February sweeps, when Port Charles was in the midst of the Metro Court hostage crisis. Remember that haunting scene of Nikolas rushing toward the doors of the Metro Court hotel, just as the place exploded? Then the action flashed back 12 hours earlier to masked gunmen taking over the hotel and playing mind games with all of our favorite characters. Spine-chilling stuff!
"The Young and the Restless" scored 29% of SOAPnet.com reader votes. The folks from Genoa City also submitted two disastrously good disaster episodes. The first was a May episode when the town reacted to news that the Newman corporate jet had crashed (poor Nicholas was presumed dead for awhile there). The second "Restless" entry was from October, when the Clear Springs parking garage collapsed and everyone had to join forces to survive.
Meanwhile, 23% of SOAPnet.com readers chose "One Life to Live" for best soap honors. "One Life" chose two very different episodes to showcase its talented cast. First, there's a June episode from the "Prom Night: The Musical" storyline. Highlights include: Starr breaking into song after her prom dress gets messed in a food fight between David and Dorian. Marcie also does a vampy number called "High School Chemistry" that has a deliciously "Chicago" feel. The other episode from August focuses on Asa Buchanan's emotional funeral, which brought several fan favorites back to Llanview (like Nathan Fillion as Joey, flirting with Dorian again!).
Only 4% of SOAPnet.com readers selected "Guiding Light." Could it be that some folks are still having trouble adjusting to the show's new format? Regardless, "Guiding Light" submitted two memorable episodes from January. The first was Jonathan faking his own death after attending Tammy's turbulent funeral. The second was the show's 70th anniversary episode, which remembered their start on radio way back in 1937. Beth Ehlers's tough but tender performance as Irna Phillips -- the creator of soap operas -- is definitely unforgettable.