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The Young and the Restless 

Set in Genoa City, this 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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Airs Tue. Oct. 16, 12:30 PM on CBS

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Doug Davidson ...  Paul Williams / ... 2,955 episodes, 1978-2018
Eric Braeden ...  Victor Newman / ... 2,802 episodes, 1980-2018
Peter Bergman ...  Jack Abbott / ... 2,557 episodes, 1989-2018
Joshua Morrow ...  Nicholas Newman / ... 2,475 episodes, 1994-2018
Sharon Case ...  Sharon Collins Newman / ... 2,288 episodes, 1994-2018
Melody Thomas Scott ...  Nikki Reed Newman / ... 2,283 episodes, 1981-2018
Kate Linder ...  Esther Valentine / ... 2,263 episodes, 1973-2018
Christian Jules Le Blanc ...  Michael Baldwin / ... 1,781 episodes, 1991-2018
Kristoff St. John ...  Neil Winters / ... 1,655 episodes, 1991-2018
Michelle Stafford ...  Phyllis Summers / ... 1,566 episodes, 1994-2015
Amelia Heinle ...  Victoria Newman / ... 1,539 episodes, 2005-2018
Eileen Davidson ...  Ashley Abbott / ... 1,498 episodes, 1984-2018
Jess Walton ...  Jill Foster Abbott / ... 1,446 episodes, 1988-2018
Greg Rikaart ...  Kevin Fisher 1,322 episodes, 2003-2018
Jeanne Cooper ...  Katherine Chancellor / ... 1,293 episodes, 1973-2015
Tracey E. Bregman ...  Lauren Fenmore Baldwin / ... 1,222 episodes, 1984-2018
Don Diamont ...  Brad Carlton / ... 1,184 episodes, 1985-2009
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Storyline

Set in Genoa City, Wisconsin, this is the forty-five-year-old soap opera that centers 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 centered on the competition between the two companies: Victor's Newman Enterprises and the Abbotts' Jabot. Written by scott

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

CBS | SoapCity's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Innocent Years See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1973-1980) | (1980-)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2002-)| Mono (1973-1987)| Stereo (1987-2001)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The china, out of which we have seen Katherine Chancellor drinking, for quite a few years, is a "Royal Albert" pattern titled "Heirloom". See more »

Quotes

Mackenzie: What does this mean - "wedding vows"?
J.T.: Oh, Brittany wants me to help her write hers.
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J.T.: Yeah, don't start, all right? Give it back. Come on.
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J.T.: What, you didn't think that Bobby knew how to read or write?
Mackenzie: That's mean.
J.T.: Yeah, it's not far from the truth. But don't worry, I'm sure he'll hire whoever writes those flyers for the strip club. It'll be, like, the raunchiest vows ever, and I'm sure the minister will probably pass out.
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Nadia's Theme
Composed by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
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What a waste of time - day after day
15 December 2006 | by duraflexSee all my reviews

I have watched Y&R for more than 25 years and I can say with absolute certainty that Y & R has lost its way. Whatever it once offered in the way of life lessons and good storytelling is gone. In recent years, story lines are dragged out f-o-r-e-v-e-r and clearly the only motivating factor working here is to keep the addicted viewers coming back day after day. Despite a larger population, its ratings have been slowly slipping for years.

Once upon a time, Y & R was a fairly entertaining piece that included decent drama, a touch of humor and glamor and tried to make some points about what was happening in the world - dangers that young people could be exposed to, the consequences of making bad decisions that forever impact your life and so on.

It hardly does that at all anymore and these days virtually every character is so flawed that there are few to relate to or even like - if only a little. Ruthless ol' Victor is so evil and corrupt that he should have disappeared years ago. Good guy John Abbott Sr. was dumbed down and then eliminated only to show up as stupid, clueless ghost criticizing his only son ad nauseum. The females are all messed up.

New characters come into the story and often disappear without explanation because they do not attract a following. Sometimes, they don't disappear fast enough.

The stories are stretched out to the max. A single day can actually be played out over 2 weeks! The bad guys rarely get punished and the writers keep bringing back psycho-Sheila every time they need a villain and can't come up with a new one.

Over and over, this show has repeatedly tried very hard to promote interracial relationships even though they are statistically rare (about 3%) yet oddly enough - they never address the racial component of a relationship.

After many years, especially the last few, I have concluded that this show is a waste of time. The next time you may be tempted to watch Y&R, ask yourself, "Is this the best way to spend the next hour of my life?" You'll never get that hour back again.


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