For the first time in six years, there is no Downton Abbey to lift our spirits in January. I do miss all the characters I came to think of as friends. I even thought of getting out my DVDS and watching the first season on Sunday nights.
And for those of you who did not see DA on Masterpiece Theater, you need to give it a try. Even my physicist husband would leave the man cave where he watches Sunday Night Football, to join me for our "story". My grandmothers always called their soap operas their "stories". My Grandmother Tankersley was quite a fan of Days of Our Lives. Her children teased her that she even prayed for the Horton family. I can remember summer days when we would watch Mother's stories. Love of Life, As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and Another World were on the tv even if we were busy with chores. We had to run in every now and then to see what was happening to our favorite characters.
My Grandmother Henderson liked the ABC soaps and she was quite the fan of Dark Shadows. Now my mother would not let us watch Dark Shadows as she was sure it would cause us to have night mares. Little did she know that if we were at Grandmother H's house at four in the afternoon, we watched Dark Shadows right along with her. Who can forget that spooky music??? I saw some reruns on Syfy and Dark Shadows would never make it in this day and age. It moved pretty slowly and Jonathan Frid as Barnabas would not be considered a heart throb.
I admit that as a young mom I was addicted to Ryan's Hope, All My Children and Another World. But there came a day when they changed or I did. They no longer held my interest and how many times can you watch Erica get married? Poor Susan Lucci, she should have won a day time emmy!!
How about you? Do you have any memories of growing up with the Soaps? I think Downton Abbey was so successful because it took the best elements of a serial and added all the beautiful settings and lovely clothing. In the meantime I am waiting for the rumored Downton Abbey movie!