Premiering on April 1, 1963, General Hospital (GH) is the longest-running American daytime soap opera still in production. In the 50 years that it has been on television, GH has provided viewers with endless entertainment and with stories that have been thought-provoking, humorous, and heart-wrenching. Above all else, GH has also had its fair share of Love stories. As such, below are the top 10 all-time greatest GH couples.
10. Maxie Jones and Nathan West
At the top of the list ranks a fairly new couple to emerge on the GH scene. Maxie Jones has had her fair share of heartbreak over the years, starting early on when she was given a second chance at life as a young girl, thanks to a heart transplant from her dying cousin BJ. The death of her younger sister Georgie was also devastating and, while Maxi has searched for Mr. Right, she seemed to always go about it the wrong way. Viewers thought there may be light at the end of the tunnel when she fell in love with Damien Spinelli. They do share a child together, but his heart seemingly belongs to another (Ellie Trout). Enter Nathan West. The chemistry these two share on screen is incredible and, while they have had their ups and downs in the past, they have managed to work through their Relationship woes.
9. Felicia and Mac Scorpio
Maxi’s mom Felicia has been a little luckier in love. Nothing screams love of your life like a man who is willing to raise your two daughters as you take off to further a relationship with their secret-spy father. Alas, Mac and Felicia have had a roller coaster ride when it comes to love over the years, which would always start off as fun until Felicia’s ex-husband (and father of her two girls) Frisco would step in to break up the party. Still, in 2013 after Felicia and Mac once again reunited, Frisco once again entered the picture to win back Felicia’s heart. While audiences expected her to run back into Frisco’s arms (as she always did), audiences were pleasantly surprised when she did not, ending the storyline off with a proposal to Mac and re-marrying him instead.
8. Anna Devane and Duke Lavery
Their love story spans close to three decades and is the foundation of what GH super couples are made of. Good girl meets bad (yet incredibly sensitive) boy and they fall in love. Super-spy Anna, with her sweet and smart little daughter (a young Robin Scorpio), were kind of a package deal when they came across the mob-affiliated Duke Lavery. Both immediately fell in love with Duke; however, his ties with the mob have always managed to these two apart. In typical soap opera fashion, Lavery has died and come back to life more times than one can count, but so has Anna and Robin for that matter – so who can really judge? Alas, in 2012, when Duke officially returned to GH yet again, Anna tossed her relationship with Luke Spencer aside for Duke, proving that, even as time goes on, these two still have a strong connection.
7. Carly and Sonny Corinthos
While the actress who has played Carly Corinthos over the years has changed (a handful of times), one thing has remained the same: Her love for bad boy mobster Sonny. The two have shared numerous marriages, they have two sons together, Michael and Morgan, with Michael’s biological dad being the late AJ Quartermaine, and have even had a few affairs while in relationships with others. At the end of the day, they are always there for each other and have a certain love/hate relationship, where the love and loyalty for one another always prevails. Despite many mistakes Sonny has made in the past – including shooting their son Michael, leaving him in a year-long coma – they always seem to re-connect in the end, and have an undeniable chemistry that continues to grow and evolve over the years, despite any others that enter the picture.
6. Lulu and Dante Falconeri
Sure, these two young lovebirds are currently experiencing a bump in their marriage, but they have dealt with their fair share of trials and tribulations — pregnancy issues, having a baby taken from them, and then learning that they had a baby out there that was being raised by someone else. Relationship woes are nothing new for these two. It doesn’t hurt that Lulu is the spawn of super couple Luke and Laura, and it certainly shouldn’t surprise anyone that she is able to carry her own when it comes to steamy daytime love scenes with her handsome television husband, Dante. The great thing about this couple and what places them on this list is their frank, open and honest relationship, which has a perfect mix of friendship, along with romance.
5. Lila and Edward Quartermaine
This list would not be complete, without the patriarch couple of the Quartermaine clan, Lila, and Edward. Sweet, peacemaking Lila balanced out the grumpy and greedy Edward perfectly. Undeniably, the couple shared one of the most successful marriages within the entire Quartermaine family and, in a lot of ways, their marriage acted as a guiding force to keep the drama and fights between family members at a minimum. Lila peacefully died in her sleep in 2004, telling Edward how much she loved him before she went to bed and Edward passed on in November 2012 (actor John Ingle passed on that September); however, their love continues to hold the Quartermaine family together, and their legacy still lives on strong within current storylines in GH today.
4. Robert Scorpio and Holly Sutton
A GH super couple in the ’80s, these two were unfortunately torn apart due to circumstance and, in the crazy world of soaps, many loyal fans may wish to see these two reunite…someday. Holly and Robert fell in love on-screen as many soap couples do — wrapped in turmoil, as Holly tried to get over the death of her love, Luke Spencer (who also happened to be Robert’s BFF). The couple married to keep Holly in the U.S., as the pregnant Australian was going to be deported, but soon fell in love. Things got really complicated for the two when his ex, Anna Devane, with little Robin (Robert’s daughter) in tow returned. At the end of the day, they had tremendous chemistry and really should’ve ended up together, but presumed deaths and comebacks (which is a storyline trend with GH) kept them apart.
3. Emily and Nikolas Cassadine
A true love story where these two started off as friends, but then fell in love. Emily, Nikolas, Lucky Spencer, and Elizabeth Webber were the best of friends as teenagers and were known as the Four Musketeers. While each broke off into respective couples, the romantic relationship that grew between Emily and Nikolas was truly unique. Unfortunately, their love story was cut way too short, as, on November 14, 2007, Emily was strangled to death by Diego Alcazar. While Nikolas has moved on, his love for Emily still clearly lives deep within his soul, with her ghost visiting Nikolas in a 2014 GH episode, where he revealed that she was the “best thing that ever happened to him.”
2. Jason Morgan and Sam McCall
This on again, off again couple can’t seem to stay away from each other and it seems that even death can’t pull them apart. With over a decade of having to deal with pregnancy issues, affairs, and baby mama issues, as well as a little mob action in the mix, it seemed that Sam McCall and Jason Morgan finally had everything figured out in 2012. After Sam, Jason, and baby Danny took a family photo, Jason ran out for a mob errand and got shot (and presumably killed). While Sam and the entire little town of Port Charles think Jason is dead, a little re-casting of the Jason Morgan role (Billy Miller) has recently proven otherwise. Most know Jason as Jake now; however, in the world of soaps, we all know, the truth will eventually come out.
1. Luke and Laura Spencer
Is anyone surprised they topped the list? So, they were initially off to a shaky (and very controversial) start with Luke raping Laura; however, as Luke’s character grew and evolved from zero to hero, so did their love. Defining the term super couple for their generation, Luke and Laura’s wedding turned out to be an hour long extravaganza on November 18, 198, where 30 million viewers tuned into to watch these two say ‘I do.’ That episode still holds the record as the highest rated show in U.S. soap opera history. While they are not together currently, their legacy of love lives on within current storylines, and through their two children (Lucky and Lulu) and their grandchildren (Aiden and Rocco).
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