Best Soap Opera couples of 2023: The most sizzling romances on Daytime Television

Sizzling romances have been in no short supply in 2023. There have been so many breathtaking power couples in the history of soap operas. Some we hate. Some we love. Some we hate that we love. This year has been no exception. Viewers are witnessing the future of daytime love stories unfold. Will they all last into the next year? Time will tell but there are a couple of pairs who are not going anywhere.

Throughout decades we have watched couples come and go, and come again. From hot and heavy romances to years of pure martial bliss that we all aspire to achieve. Some duos have had such amazing chemistry it has carried over to their personal lives. Many daytime couples have met on screen and were later married. Life truly does imitate art.

From Nikki and Victor to Reeva and Josh to Luke and Laura and Bo and Hope, some couples will stand the test of time. Future soap opera couples will never come close to what they had. We have compiled a list of the best current couples on daytime television who will give those power couples of the past a run for their money. Each are unique in their own right, here are the best couples of 2023!

GENERAL HOSPITAL – ABC’s “General Hospital” stars Josh Swickard as Harrison Chase and Amanda Setton as Brook Lynn. (ABC/Ricky Middlesworth)

10. Chase and Brook Lynn — General Hospital

When Brook Lynn is not lying or covering her tracks, this is one of the most intriguing couples in daytime. Chase is straight as an arrow and loves being a cop. Brook Lynn is anything but a rule follower. She lives on the edge and is one of the more entertaining characters on General Hospital.

This couple is a true definition of opposites attracting. For what feels like years they have endured much angst, heartache, and betrayal. The audience saw the love between them ever since Brook Lynn pretended to be the mother of Maxie’s baby for her own safety. Since then it has grown wildly. They have finally reached a place of happiness but with grandma Tracy around they better enjoy it while it lasts.

Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes) and Tessa Porter (Cait Fairbanks) walk down the aisle on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS beginning on Monday, May 16, 2022. Pictured (L-R): Cait Fairbanks as Tess Porter and Camryn Grimes as Mariah Copeland. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

9. Mariah and Tessa — Young and the Restless

Mariah and Tessa are a joy to watch on screen. Once friends who were dating men at the time. They could not hold back their feelings for one another. Now the two are proud mothers through adoption and the pair couldn’t be happier. It took them a while to get to this point. At first, Tessa was not sure she was ready to be a mom, but now they are both glowing and thriving with their baby girl. Happiness doesn’t last forever in soap operas, but these two are an inspiration to our LBGTQIA youth. It’s been a blessing to watch a lesbian couple blossom on television. The future needs much more of this.

8. Sam and Dante — General Hospital

Sam and Dante are a couple I did not see coming. Dante was very much in love with his wife Lulu. Sam was part of the power couple of Sam and Jason. With Jason gone and Lulu deep in a coma, this pair gradually connected and fell in love. Slowly becoming one of General Hospital’s best couples.

The sizzling duo seem to bring out the best in each other. They have created a blended family that is a reflection of second chances. Sam and Dante too inspire people who have lost loved ones. It’s never too late to have a 2.0 at love.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES — “Day of Days” November 19th, 2021 Los Angeles, CA — Pictured in this screengrab: (l-r) Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn — (Photo by: NBC)

7. John and Marlena — Days of Our Lives

What can you say about John and Marlena? They have always been one of the most recognizable couples in daytime television. From Marlena becoming Satan on more than one occasion to John’s multiple deaths, this couple never knows how to accept loss. This is a couple that has truly stood the test of time and has had one of the most unique stories daytime has to offer. Currently, they are together and happy in Salem, and after Marlena’s satanic stint and near-death experience, these two deserve a little peace.

GENERAL HOSPITAL – ABCÕs ÒGeneral HospitalÓ stars Finola Hughes as Anna Devane and James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine. (ABC/Ricky Middlesworth)

6. Valentine and Anna —General Hospital

This pair is your enemies-to-lovers trope. And you can’t find a better one in daytime. Many years ago, Valentine had fallen in love with Anna but he was rejected by his Queen because of his deformity.

Valentine is a Cassadine and when he arrived in Port Charles he didn’t have the best of intentions. He was power-hungry as the Cassadine heir and wanted revenge. As we learned more details about their past things were quite as black and white as Valentine envisioned. The two formed a friendship in time which then turned into a love story for the ages.

What makes this couple so fantastical is the deep connection they share but there are also secrets. Each of them having such high-powered jobs with secrets that can’t be revealed. This relationship will have you on the edge often. They are always protecting each other. Anna has changed Valentine so much from the man we first saw. He is a great image of how true love can change you. It doesn’t matter how bad you’ve been in the past with the guidance of a soulmate you can even surprise yourself.

5. Steve and Kayla — Days of Our Lives

Patch and Kayla have been one of daytime television’s best couples since the 1980’s. They were your typical good girl and bad boy trope. Kayla gave Patch a family that he’s never had, and Patch gave her love and affection. Always treating her like a princess. Whether you liked either characters or not you cannot deny the connection between them. They had a sixteen-year separation because of Steve’s presumed death but eventually reunited. Patch did come back with amnesia but true love won out in the end. Along with Marlena, Kayla was nearly taken away from Patch forever. Currently, they are both in Salem, alive for now, and as happy as they’ve ever been.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Tanner Novlan of the CBS series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Gilles Toucas/CBS 2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


4. Finn and Steffy — Bold and the Beautiful

Now if you want to talk about the hottest couples of daytime this is your blueprint. Steffy found Finn at the best time in her life. After being hurt by Liam again and again Steffy finally found the man of her dreams. A real man who would never hurt her. Finn has always remained loyal and faithful and let’s be honest, not bad on the eyes either. He has brought out a light in Steffy that has given her more compassion in life. Together they share a son and Steffy’s daughter with Liam.

Currently, they have gone through their first rough patch thanks to Liam and his psychotic mother Sheila. They are on their way to a healing phase so I don’t expect this separation to last long. As for Bold and the Beautiful they are one of the show’s healthiest couples. Which is a rare treat and a nice break from the saga of Brooke. Finn is a man of men and there’s nothing quite like their beachside romance by the cliffs. It is the best physical romance in daytime television today.

‘Episode 9047’ – Coverage of the CBS Original Daytime Series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Annika Noelle as Hope Logan and Matthew Atkinson as Thomas Forrester. Photo Courtesy of Bell-Phillip TV Prods., Inc. Photo by Mauro Sostini/CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

3. Hope and Thomas — Bold and the Beautiful

Hope and Thomas are the “it” couple for the Bold and the Beautiful right now. The pair went from having a tumultuous toxic relationship to being the best couple on the show. Thomas has never been one to hide his loving obsession for Hope even when she was married to Liam. He has always thought she deserved better. A man who saw Hope for who she truly is, an amazing woman who is the light of his world.

Hope has finally come around to cherishing the way Thomas makes her feel. A woman who doesn’t have to compete for his heart the way she has always had to with Liam and Steffy. Thomas has made his fair share of mistakes but ever since coming back to Forrester, he’s become a changed man. Together their friendship has only grown deeper from working on their line and Hope has begun falling for Thomas.

There have been months of sexual tension between them and Hope ultimately gives in to her feelings in Rome. Upon returning and breaking the news to Liam she was met with a lot of guilt and a lot of people in her ear about how wrong it was. That did not stop Hope from making love to Thomas for weeks.

Currently, she is still separated from Liam and time will tell if Hope and Thomas start their life together. But one thing that can’t be denied is the intense physical and emotional connection they share. Thomas brings out a side of Hope I have never seen. She’s happy and confident and defends herself for once. The pair have both changed and changed for the better. I only hope the show continues to have the courage to let this couple shine.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL – ABC’s “General Hospital” stars Cynthia Watros as Nina Reeves and Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos. (ABC/Ricky Middlesworth)

2. Sonny and Nina — General Hospital

Sonny and Nina are about as opposite as two people can be. They were never in each other’s orbit a lot until Sonny’s presumed death and tenure at Nixon Falls. When Sonny had amnesia and only knew himself as Mike, Nina had come to town and Mike could not get enough of her. Even though Nina tried to tell him who he was he wasn’t interested in his past. But he was surely interested in her.

Nina tried to fight it, but the chemistry and connection were too strong with them. There was a fallout when Sonny found out but the love the two shared carried over into their real lives in Port Charles. Sonny could never shake his deep bond with Nina, and Nina remained in love with him. She brought out a softer and lighter side to Sonny. He became a man with more confidence and more compassion. Sonny no longer lets Carly be his dictator.

It’s been a joy to watch Sonny become his old self, the self he was before Carly continually wrecked his peace. In turn, Nina became a more loving soul. The two share a genuinely loving and affectionate relationship. They glow just by each other’s presence. Currently, they are engaged to be married. The two have proved all doubters wrong and have been together for two years.

GENERAL HOSPITAL – ABC’s “General Hospital” stars Nicholas Chavez as Spencer Cassadine and Tabyana Ali as Trina Robinson. (ABC/Ricky Middlesworth)

1. Spencer and Trina — General Hospital

The top spot goes to none other than Spencer and Trina from General Hospital. Ever since the return of Spencer, there has been passionate chemistry between him and Trina. It didn’t seem to matter which actress was playing the role of Trina. This pairing has been written so beautifully that the chemistry has matched with each portrayal.

As a Cassadine honesty has not been Spencer’s forte. Trina had no idea he was in a relationship when he first came to town. They’ve both shared relationships with other people and their “will they won’t they” is enough to drive fans insane. Trina and Spencer have always remained good friends throughout Spencer’s betrayals. She has always seen the best in Spencer even if others don’t want to see it. And Spencer has always remained a fierce protector of Trina. She has changed Spencer in a way only she could. The dynamic between them is special to watch. From the revenge porn storyline to Spencer fighting silently to keep Trina out of jail.

At the moment they are dealing with a lot of family drama that keeps them apart. This couple can never get a moment to themselves it seems. But when they do you can see they are each other’s safe harbor. Currently, they are in a relationship and are the power couple of General Hospital.

They have yet to make love, which is long overdue but it goes to show you there is much more to being a power couple than the physical nature. Becoming best friends first has given this couple the strong foundation to be able to conquer anything that comes their way. When it finally happens it’s going to break all barriers, along with the internet.