Days of our Lives, the daytime drama that coined the word “supercouple,” has had a number of magical pairings over the years, each rich with their own unique love and devotion to one another. Here’s a look back at 10 of the soap’s most unforgettable ones.
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1. Tom and Alice
Alice (Frances Reid) and Tom (Macdonald Carey), the matriarch and patriarch of the Horton family, hold the distinction of being DAYS’ first supercouple ever. A devoted housewife and mother, with an occasional yen for adventure, Alice was the perfect partner for Tom, Salem’s top doctor and sage advice-giver. They were wed for over 50 years.
2. Doug and Julie
Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) relationship is so powerful, it transcended the screen. As the characters’ romance was blossoming in the 1970s, and they were moving past Doug’s first marriage to Julie’s mother, Addie, the actors playing the star-crossed duo were falling in love for real. Together they are the definitive example of devotion and marital bliss.
3. Bo and Hope
Spoiled Hope (Kristian Alfonso) fell hard for rebel Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) when she returned home from boarding school, leading to a fiery and passionate romance. Their milestone moments include Bo kidnapping Hope from her wedding to Larry, making love at Oak Alley plantation, and a splashy royal wedding in England. Sadly, their story ended when Bo succumbed to a brain tumor in 2015.
4. Steve and Kayla
The one-eyed bad boy originally dubbed “Patch” and the sweet girl next door were an odd match. Originally hired to stalk Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Steve (Stephen Nichols) ended up saving her from a street gang. They eventually fell for each other, as Kayla broke through Steve’s rough tough exterior, and he fought to change and become a man worthy of her love.
5. John and Marlena
Although they fell in love when Marlena (Deidre Hall) believed John was her back-from-the-dead husband, Roman, their strong connection endured when he was revealed to be Stefano’s pawn. Over the years, neither the DiMera kingpin’s numerous machinations nor Marlena’s possession by the devil could tear them apart.
6. Jack and Jennifer
While interning at the Salem Spectator, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves for most of the couple’s run) fell hard for editor-in-chief, Jack (Matthew Ashford), who fought to deny his attraction to her. The pair’s constant verbal sparring became their mating dance, and before long it was clear they were in love. Their rip-roaring Wild West wedding epitomized their wacky courtship and relationship, which has stood the test of time.
7. Will and Sonny
Will (Chandler Massey) was grappling with his sexuality when he met the openly gay Sonny (Freddie Smith). Slowly, Sonny coaxed Will out of the closet, they began dating, fell in love, and married. While they’ve faced major tragedies, like Will’s “death” and wrongful incarceration for murder, they’ve survived and thrived as devoted husbands and fathers to Will’s daughter, Arianna.
8. Justin and Adrienne
Justin (Wally Kurth) was intrigued by Adrienne (Judi Evans) from the moment he spied her crying in the park. She’d grown up poor with an abusive father, while he’d led a life of privilege. It wasn’t long before he was singing her love songs and winning her heart. Despite his uncle Victor’s objections, they wed in Greece and remained soulmates (for the most part) until Adrienne perished in a car crash.
9. Sami and EJ
Initially, flirty neighbors, EJ (James Scott) fell hard for Sami (Alison Sweeney) and, at one point, forced her into having sex with him. Despite their sordid beginnings, Sami couldn’t fight the pull toward EJ and even married him in an attempt to end the Brady-DiMera feud. Living under the same roof, lust and love blossomed between them, and they both realized they were each others’ soulmates.
10. Chad and Abigail
She’s a good girl and a respectable member of the Horton family. He’s the son of crime lord Stefano DiMera. It made Abigail (Kate Mansi; now Marci Miller) and Chad (Billy Flynn) the perfect daytime match. The pair have overcome The Necktie Killer, Stefan’s fling with Abigail’s alter ego, Gabby, and Abigail’s bouts with mental illness, proving that nothing and no one can keep them apart for very long. Days of our Lives (DOOL) airs weekdays on NBC. Check your local listings for airtimes.