Series / Loving

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Soap Opera that aired on ABC from June 26, 1983 to November 10, 1995. The show was notably co-created by Agnes Nixon.

The show was created as a response to the action/adventure and intrigue storylines dominating soaps in the 1980s, most notably featured on General Hospital. Unlike its stablemates, Loving would be a traditional soap opera with a major focus on romance.

The show was never a huge hit, generally ranking in the bottom 3 soaps during its 12 year run. Nevertheless, the show engendered a Spin-Off upon its cancellation called The City that would move most of the remaining cast to New York's SOHO District

This show provides examples of: Supernatural Soap Opera in 1980s

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Cooper meets another woman while in Paris on business, breaking Steffy's heart. He comes back in time to find out that she's pregnant, and they reconcile.
  • Asshole Victim: Jared on The City, kicking off the Masquerade Serial Killer storyline. Between raping his wife, plying The Alcoholic Nick with booze, humiliating Azure over her transgender status, etc., pretty much everyone had motive to kill him.
  • Back for the Dead: Sydney leaves The City for London. In the show's final episode, she tries to call the gang, only to be stopped. . .by Molly, who has escaped from prison and somehow made her way to London to kill her.
  • Betty and Veronica: The basis for every Love Triangle, but both characters are fleshed out enough that neither is truly the "good" or "bad" girl/boy.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sweet, pretty, slightly ditsy Molly Malone is revealed to be the Masquerader, the Serial Killer who turned up on The City.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: In the finale of The City, everyone gets a Earn Your Happy Ending, but psycho Molly has escaped from prison and killed Sydney who was trying to warn them, meaning it's only a matter of time before she returns to New York and resumes her rampage.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Feeling that Cooper is better for her, especially since they have a son together, Casey arranges for Ally to walk in on him and Steffy, knowing that she'll dump him and go running to Cooper, thus providing their son with a stable family.
  • Continuity Nod: Nearly two decades after "The Loving Murders", General Hospital's Luke and Holly found themselves in Corinth, in the abandoned Alden mansion, with several framed pictures of the victims, discussing the storyline.
  • Continuity Snarl: But at the same time, Laura showed up briefly also, even though she played a completely different character on Loving—Ceara Connor, an All My Children transplant.
    • Not to mention that when Cooper showed up on The City to reconcile with Steffy, absolutely no one made any mention of his entire family being slain by his Aunt Gwyneth, who herself was also dead.
  • Crossover: The show was established as part of the shared universe with the other soap operas airing on ABC. In the early 90s, a storyline had several characters crossing over to All My Children and vice versa, eventually adding several permanently, most notably Debbi Martin's Angie Hubbard.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Jocelyn admits to Alex that her father let his friends take turns molesting her. Furthermore, she paid for law school by working as a prostitute.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Ava gets more and more freaked out during The Loving Murders storyline, eventually leaving town—and husband Alex—because she can't deal with it anymore, thus paving the way for Alex's new romance with newcomer Jocelyn.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Paul, to Ava.
  • Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Jacob, to Angie, looking exactly like her late husband Jesse.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Subverted. When Cooper confronts the woman who molested him as a child, she makes the excuse that she needed to feel loved, an excuse that no male predator could ever have gotten away with— when Jocelyn confronts her father over abusing her, he uses the same excuse, only to be met with outrage and disgust. Cooper forgives his abuser once she offers this explanation. That said, her actions are shown to be just as damaging—he acts out, suffers from flashbacks, and struggles with intimacy—it's not until after therapy that he's able to consummate his relationship with his girlfriend.
  • Dramatic Half-Hour
  • Drugs Are Bad: Casey begins using and selling drugs, prompting Ally to leave him when he won't quit—and resulting in his death when he's killed by a rival dealer.
  • False Rape Accusation: Determined to make the man responsible for Casey's death pay, Ally seduces him, them trashes her living room and hits herself in the face. Afterwards, she calls the police and claims she's been raped. Similar to Romanticized Abuse, she and the guy begin a relationship after she confesses to lying.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Ally and Cooper decide on an abortion, which of course, she can't go through with, resulting in the birth of their son Tyler.
    • Steffy also can't bring herself to abort Cooper's child, even though they've broken up before she even got a chance to tell him she was pregnant. (The actress was pregnant in Real Life and TPTB decided to write it in).
  • Hello, Attorney!: Jocelyn.
  • Hot for Preacher: Shana for Jim. Ends tragically, of course—he's killed​ shortly after finally leaving the priesthood to be with her, but not before they conceive their son.
  • Interclass Romance: Cooper, scion of the wealthy Aldens, with all of his love interests, Hannah, Steffy, and Ally.
  • Love Triangle: Standard. "Quadrangle", rather. Steffy/Cooper/Ally overlapping with Cooper/Ally/Casey. Complicated by Cooper and Ally sleeping together and her getting pregnant. Eventually, Ally/Casey and Steffy/Cooper ended up together, though this was further complicated by Casey being killed off.
  • May–December Romance: Steffy and Clay. Rather icky considering he was once involved with her mother, and she with his nephew.
  • Marital Rape License: Jared to Sydney, on The City.
  • Meaningful Name: The detectives investigating the so-called "Loving Murders", note that the murders are indeed "loving"—the victims are poisoned and simply drift off to sleep with little to no pain. In fact, when the killer is identified, her motive is that she was ending their pain and sincerely believed she was doing a good thing.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Trisha was wrongly suspected of being the Corinth Serial Killer.
    • Ava was set up to look like she killed Egypt (hubby Alex's ex) because she was fed up her interference in their relationship, and was herself a suspect in The Loving Murders.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Ava is shot, Egypt realizes that it's her fault—if she hadn't framed Ava for killing her, Ava wouldn't have been at the police station and in the line of fire.
  • Old Friend, New Gender: Azure C. confessed to boyfriend Bernardo that she'd had a crush on him since high school. This confused him, as he didn't remember her. Shortly after they consummated their relationship, he learned that she was a transsexual. It was the male version of her who'd had the crush on him, developed after he protected him from bullies.
  • Serial Killer:
    • In mid-to-late 1995, as part of plans for a massive overhaul, one of these stalked and killed nearly half of the cast members. Very tellingly, most of the victims were older and/or had been on the show for a long time with no further storyline opportunities. When the killer was revealed, it turned out the demented woman sincerely believed she was doing a good thing, believing that her victims had been in pain and she was in fact performing a Mercy Kill. The storyline ended with a friend doing this for her.
    • Then a year later, another one of these turned up on The City.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Subverted. Although Steffy is pregnant with Cooper's baby, she tells Ally that she wants to name it after the late Casey in order to honor him.
  • Spin-Off: The City, which had most of the show's remaining or surviving cast members leaving Corinth to move to New York City, presumably to escape the painful memories.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Ally, from a one-night-stand with Cooper.
  • Transgender: The City was the first Soap Opera to tackle this topic, with the gorgeous model Azure C. being revealed to have been born a man. Unfortunately, negative fan reaction and the actress' poor performance nixed the storyline.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Amelia Heinle's pregnancy resulted in her character Steffy's pregnancy.
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