There are many reasons why soap opera fans love their shows: romance, adventure, intrigue, steamy love scenes…just to name a few. Still, it is also those larger-than-life characters that blow up our television screens daily, that keep audiences tuning in weekly and soaps fans grow oh-so attached to these characters, and their families. At the end of the day, while soap characters aren’t defined by those they are related to, their relatives certainly do play a role when it comes to shaping them into the person they are…and there have been many over-the-top families to grace daytime television over the years. Below is a list of seven crazy soap opera dynasties.
7. The Spencers – General Hospital
What would life be like in Port Charles without the Spencer family? While audiences were introduced to this dysfunctional family (somewhat) in 1977 and 1978 when sister and brother Bobbi and Luke arrived on the scene, fans have learned all about the Spencer’s as the years have worn on. Bobbi, a prostitute turned nurse had some dark years on General Hospital (GH), but has managed to rise above it all. Luke? Well he’s worn so many hats since his character first debuted: from mobster, to bar owner, to super sleuth. Their aunt, Ruby Anderson ran Kelly’s diner for years, and despite their questionable behaviors in the past, the duo managed to build families of their own. Luke shacked up with Laura Webber and turned their love into soap opera super couple status, having two kids, Lucky, and Lulu, where they too have continued the family dynasty by having kids of their own. Luke also managed to have illegitimate son with Holly Sutton, Ethan Lovett. Alas, Bobbi too had some offspring. Carly Corinthos was her first, following in her mom’s footsteps of crazy, always falling for the bad guys, and always up to some questionable antics. Lucas Jones is also Bobbi’s adopted son. Add long-lost niece, Valerie Spencer into the equation, and you have a pretty crazy dynasty in the Spencers. They have built a solid foundation in Port Charles, and as it seems, aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.