Isn’t the difference between soaps back then and now drastic?
Im watching early 90’s GL and man it’s so good. The scenes are long. Characters talk and have normal, everyday conversations. They eat meals, they even have scenes in bathrooms. It’s grounded. Child character were incorporated nearly daily. Little Billy or Michelle are on so frequently, thus making it more real.
There is character development and a slow build.
There are so many love scenes.
At least on GL, there is always pop music or some kind of music in the background.
I mean budgets back then must have been amazing.
The amount of background actors is also astonishing. So many people at Towers restaurant in the background eating or in hospital scenes. I was watching an episode yesterday where no less than 9 characters were in one scenes just to mundanely help Harley move out of Mallet’s apartment. On GH now you barely get 9 characters at the Nurses Ball.
And the background noises. When Harley and Mallet are staying at the Happy Homes Bungalow, you can hear cats driving by in the background as you would at a motel. Crickets chirping at Cross Creek. The diner always has music in the juke box. I don’t know just random noises that I know I never hear on GH in modern times.
I was a teenager in the early 90’s so I’m watching these episodes with different eyes but, man, am I enjoying rewatching these episodes (ok mostly I’m only watching Harley and Mallet).
It was written and acted in a way that made you really care about the characters.