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Best Soap: The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital (tie) Why choose between them when both shows left us in such a sudsational state of bliss? B&B, daytime's most sumptuous serial, took us on location to Abu Dhabi, Paris, Monte Carlo, and Amsterdam for lots of awesome — and watery — action: Hope and Wyatt got hitched at sea, Quinn bitch-shoved Ivy into the river Seine, and Ridge plunged from a helicopter into the Persian Gulf. But the home front was no less riveting, with family warfare and corporate chaos. This is classic soap, done exquisitely. By contrast, GH is soap on crack, an outlandish, unapologetic, feverishly paced experience that is packed with ballsy surprises, in-your-face performances, and superhip humor. And those payoffs! It was so great to see Sonny, that murderous swine, finally get busted. We hate that GH has become way too reliant on unkillable villains and cheap theatrics. (Seriously, enough with the damn masks!) But we don't dare miss an episode.