The Young and the Restless (1973– )

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Set in Genoa City, Y&R is the long-running soap that tells the story of the struggle behind the business- and sex-savvy Abbott and Newman clans.

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Series cast summary:
 Paul Williams / ... (2,570 episodes, 1978-2014)
 Victor Newman / ... (2,358 episodes, 1980-2014)
Joshua Morrow ...
 Nicholas Newman / ... (2,143 episodes, 1995-2014)
 Jack Abbott / ... (2,087 episodes, 1989-2014)
 Sharon Newman / ... (1,975 episodes, 1995-2014)
 Nikki Newman / ... (1,919 episodes, 1981-2014)
 Esther Valentine / ... (1,807 episodes, 1973-2014)
 Michael Baldwin / ... (1,636 episodes, 1991-2014)
 Phyllis Summers Newman / ... (1,543 episodes, 1994-2013)
 Neil Winters / ... (1,413 episodes, 1991-2014)
 Ashley Abbott / ... (1,283 episodes, 1984-2014)
 Jill Foster Abbott / ... (1,255 episodes, 1988-2014)
 Victoria Newman / ... (1,246 episodes, 2005-2014)
 Kevin Fisher (1,213 episodes, 2003-2014)
 Katherine Chancellor / ... (1,173 episodes, 1973-2013)
 Brad Carlton (1,066 episodes, 1985-2009)


Set in Genoa City, Wisconsin, The Young And The Restless is the thirty-year-old soap that centres on the saga between two wealthy families (the Newmans and the Abbotts) in the cosmetics industry. Head of the Newman clan is Victor Newman, the arrogant, cavorting billionaire and his wife Nikki; and running the Abbott show is Jack Abbott, the irresponsible, playboy CEO and his sister Ashley. Most of the show is centred on the competition between the two companies: Victor's Newman Enterprises and the Abbotts' Jabot. Written by Josh

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Release Date:

26 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Innocent Years  »

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(1973-1980) | (1980-)

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(2002-)| (1973-1987)| (1987-2001)


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1.33 : 1
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When Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) decided to have a face lift, rather than going out on leave and replacing her with a stand in, the producers wrote a story line in which Katherine had a face lift, complete with hospitalization and recovery. See more »


Lauren Fenmore: It is taking everything inside of me not to scratch your eyes out!
Sheila Carter: Well make no mistake the feeling is mutual.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.53 (2009) See more »

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Always a favorite show of mine
20 September 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I remember when I first tuned into The Young and the Restless when I was 12 years old at home sick I got sucked into the characters of Lorie Brooks Prentiss, Leslie, Lance, Lucas, Snapper & Chris Brooks Foster and I invested into these characters then within less than a year they were all gone. I was devastated. It took time to get into the Abbotts & the Williams but I stayed true to this story than I have now. It is 21 years later and that is the only show that I am still hooked on. I grow up watching this show and it always fascinates me that there are always good stories which they are realistic for me and not much of a fantasy like other soaps. This was one true show that I would change my schedule around when I was in college. There was 3 semesters that I did nothing but watch Y&R when Nina was married that psycho David Kimble and had a beautiful mistress named Diane Westin (Devon Pierce, the most beautiful actress that I ever thought that appeared on Y&R). When that story was over I was once again devastated and picked up quickly with the other stories that was playing. That was probably my favorites storyline amongst with other favorite storylines like when Katherine blackmailed Jill, Jill's shooting, the transformation of Nina, the baby switch of Lauren's baby, Lauren and Sheila storyline, Victor's resurrection, Nick/Sharon/Matt/Amy storyline, the revelation to Danny that Daniel Jr. was not his son, Nikki's shooting, Diane's (Jenkins) plot to destroy Phyllis, Leanna plot to destroy Ashley and Victor and of course the best storyline is Katherine and Jill. Now if they were not on the show itself would be boring. But I love Y&R and I watch it every day.

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