‘The Bold and the Beautiful’: 3 Reasons Why the Show Isn’t as Good as It Used to Be

In March 1987, The Bold and the Beautiful premiered on the CBS Network. The series focuses on the work and personal lives of fashion moguls, The Forresters. Fans were once dazzled by the show’s flair for drama, yet its popularity is waning. Here are a few reasons the soap opera isn’t as good as it once was.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' actor John McCook in a tuxedo, and Katherine Kelly Lang in a black and white dress; onstage at the Daytime Emmys.
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‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ has gotten rid of most of the Forrester family

Although The Bold and the Beautiful has three families, The Forresters were the heart and soul of the show. The series began with Eric and Stephanie Forrester (John McCook and Susan Flannery) and their four children. Over time, the family grew to include numerous grandchildren, nieces, and Eric’s other kids.

Yet, in recent years the show has started to faze out the Forrester family. Except for Eric, Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye), and Ridge’s kids, there are hardly any Forresters remaining. Characters such as Thorne Forrester (Ingo Rademacher) and Felicia Forrester (Lesli Kay) left Los Angeles but returned for occasional visits. Aside from characters exiting, the show has killed a few family members.

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Phoebe Forrester (MacKenzie Mauzy) and Aly Forrester (Ashlyn Pearce) are two characters who had their lives cut short too soon. The most significant death was that of Stephanie. After 25 years, The Bold and the Beautiful fans said goodbye to the iconic Forrester matriarch in November 2012.

Stephanie was a huge part of the show’s success, and many viewers felt her exit signaled the show’s downfall. As one Reddit user said, “She gave the show weight and drama and humor and intelligence. Susan Flannery was the real star of the show.”

Lack of glamorous fashion shows

The Bold and the Beautiful is set in the fashion world. Throughout the decades, the show’s focused on the drama at Forrester Creations. Aside from the constant fighting over the CEO position, the Forresters also defended their terrority as the best fashion house.

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Sally Spectra (Darlene Conley) was the Forresters’ fashion rival. For years, she and the Forresters battled it out on the runway to see who was the superior brand. Whether in California, Italy, or Monte Carlo, the Forresters put on an amazing fashion show.

Fashion shows are becoming a less common occurrence these days. On Twitter, The Bold and the Beautiful fans are expressing their wish for more runway scenes. “I miss the fashion shows on B&B; it used to be so much fun and a big event at FC.”

‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ inability to tell mulitple stories

Unlike other soap operas, The Bold and the Beautiful is a half-hour show. With a cast of around 20 actors, the show has a lot to work with. However, one of its biggest criticisms is its inability to tell multiple stories.

The show has a bad habit of focusing too much on certain characters. One example is the love triangle with Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), and Hope Logan (Annika Noelle). The storyline’s hogged most of the show for the past decade. The constant screentime and other characters talking about the trio annoyed fans.

The show has put the kibosh on the triangle, for now. Other characters are getting more screentime with their own stories, which fans love. However, there’s always that fear that the show’s going to revert to its old ways.