Daytime soap operas have been on the decline recently — there hasn’t been a new one since 1999, and several famous ones that had been running for decades have been canceled. Meanwhile, primetime soap-like dramas like The O.C., Desperate Housewives, and Grey’s Anatomy occasionally get a chance to flourish, but they don’t get quite as ridiculous for our liking as the old-school daytime stuff. Sure, people get impaled by icicles and murdered by tornadoes or whatever, but where’s the melodramatic acting? The demonic possession?
In honor of this dying genre, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great viral videos and TV clips that parody the heyday of nonsensical soap operas. Let us know in the comments which is your favorite, and clue us in if we missed any.
In this surreal eight-episode O.C. parody from the Lonely Island and Channel 101, Jorma Taccone and Sarah Chalke play young, sexy teens in Malibu California — which the characters call the ‘Bu, “because when you say the entire word, it takes time, and then you wouldn’t be young anymore.”