Eric Braeden by Robert Voets/CBS
Barring an act of God, The Young and the Restless will hit a staggering milestone on Feb. 29: 1,000 consecutive weeks as daytime's top-rated show. All involved in this super-streak deserve kudos, but I just gotta give a special shout-out to Eric Braeden as ruthless kingpin Victor Newman.

After an unfortunate rough patch where the writers turned his character into a passive, puppy-hugging wuss, Braeden is back on fire these days - truly terrifying during Victor's brutal divorce from Nikki, tender and heart-shattering during his death vigil for Hope. Who else has such range? We could easily watch this fearless, flawless actor for a thousand more weeks. - Michael Logan