The other day I had a wacky idea: why not check out Russian soap operas? I could sharpen up my Russian and maybe even learn something. What I was looking for was something analogous to the British EastEnders or even Coronation Street but so far I’ve been disappointed.
What I’ve learned is that Russian soap operas are in their infancy. They’re very popular and shown frequently but at this point I just haven’t found one that piques my interest. Here’s what I’ve found.
Russian soap operas are more like Mexican telenovelas than they are like American or, better, British soaps.
“Poor Nastya” (a nickname for Anastasia) is an historical epic set in the late 19th century. More a limited series than a soap.
Ne Rodis Krasivoy
“Not Born Beautiful” is Russia’s version of the Colombian soap that the American television series Ugly Betty was based on.
Lyubov Kak Lyubov
“Love As Love” is the Russian version of a Polish generational drama.
Gypsy girl loves Russian boy.
Ulitsa Razbitykh Fonarey
From what little I can tell “Streets of Broken Lights” is a Russian police drama.
“Adjutants of Love” is another historical epic from the same people who produced “Poor Nastya”.
There are others but I haven’t been able to find out much about them. One of them has the same name as a popular series of children’s books, a joke you wouldn’t get if you didn’t know the books.
At this point I may just wait for the Russian version of Doc Martin which is supposed to be in the works.
If any passerby knows anything about Russian soap operas, I’m looking for recommendations.