The Bold and the Beautiful is a long-running popular daytime television show that premiered in March of 1987. B&B, as it is affectionately called by fans, has a storyline that is built upon the Forrester family’s fashion empire. The show is sometimes referred to as a spin-off of the Young and the Restless. Over the years, actors from either show have appeared on the other. Today, you can watch The Bold and the Beautiful online.
The Bold and the Beautiful History
For many years, the matriarch of the show was Stephanie Forrester, played by Susan Flannery. John McCook played the role of Stephanie’s husband Eric. Flannery left B&B in 2012 when her character died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. McCook remains on the show as a leading man and patriarch of the Forrester family.
Stephanie and Eric met in college and married after she became pregnant. They launched a fashion design business that would become Forrester Creations. The Forrester family includes children Kristen, Thorne, Stephanie, Felicia and Ridge, all of whom have worked for the Forrester fashion empire. The setting for the show is Los Angeles where it is also taped. Current writers on the show include Bradley Bell, William J. Bell, Lee Phillip Bell and Martha Byrne.
The Bold and the Beautiful combines glamor, drama and even some comedy as it chronicles the Forrester family’s relationships. This show’s story lines have and continue to address all kinds of real life issues including addiction, HIV, terminal illness, homelessness, sibling rivalry, moms and daughters vying for the same man and other issues that weigh heavily on families and communities. The show is known for its flashy and bold scenes with models strutting on the runway in cutting-edge fashions. Viewers catch glimpses of the Forresters’ homes and favorite vacations spots. Those who watch The Bold and the Beautiful online can enjoy all the show’s splendor anytime and anywhere.
One of the main plots in the show has been the romance between Ridge Forrester, played by Ronn Moss, and Brooke Logan, played by Katherine Kelly Lang. Logan could be described as being from the “other side of the tracks.” Her middle-class upbringing was far from the wealth known by Ridge. Taylor, a psychiatrist played by Hunter Tylo, has been Ridge’s other love interest. Over the years, Ridge was torn between Brooke and Taylor and at various times was married to both women. Brooke also found herself in Eric Forrester’s bed and was married to him.
During the early years of The Bold and the Beautiful, another story line centered around the rivalry between Forester Creations and Spectra Fashions, which was run by the character Sally Spectra, played by Darlene Conley. Spectra’s claim to fame was knock-off fashions based on those designed by Forester. Add to the mix the Romeo-and-Juliet-type relationship between Thorne Forester and Spectra’s daughter Macy. The feud between the two families spanned two decades. In in later years, Sally Spectra made peace with the Foresters, becoming friends with Stephanie and even working for Forester Creations. Conley played the role of Sally Spectra until 2006 and died in 2007.
The Bold and the Beautiful Now
Although some of the original cast members have come and gone, The Bold and the Beautiful continues to be one of the most popular soaps to air. It has a universal appeal due to the diversity of the characters and story lines that include love triangles between sisters who compete for the same guy as in the case of Brooke and her sister Katie. A newcomer to the series, the mysterious jewelry designer Quinn Fuller manipulates situations to help her son Wyatt steal the girl of his dreams from his half brother.
Some of the current B&B cast members came over from The Young and the Restless, including Heather Tom, who plays the role of Katie, and Don Diamont, who plays Bill, a romantic interest for both Katie and Brooke. The characters Ridge, currently played by Thorsten Kaye, Brooke and Taylor still have major roles, and all have adult children who, much like their parents, are involved in dramatic love triangles with weddings called off at the last minute and other plots that keep audiences who watch The Bold and the Beautiful online wondering what will happen next.
The Bold and the Beautiful: an Award-Winning Series
The evidence of the quality of B&B is in the number and diversity of the awards showered on this series and actors. The Bold and the Beautiful boasts several daytime television awards as well as others including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Young Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Young Actress in a Drama Series. The show has been named as an ALMA award winner, which recognizes shows that accurately portray Latinos, as well as by the NAACP Image awards. Additional honors include recognition by the British Soap Awards, the Directors Guild of America, Imagen Foundation Awards and Prism Young Artist Awards.