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''The Young and the Restless'' is an American soap opera, first aired in 1973 on Creator/{{CBS}}, about the residents of the fictional town of Genoa City, Wisconsin. When the show first aired the show focused on two main families, the Foresters and the Brooks.

The show is, easily, the most popular soap opera on television today; it has held the daytime {{ratings}} crown since 1989 - a total of ''22 years''. Its ratings are significantly higher than the other soaps left on the air, often doubling the ratings of its closest competition.

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!!Provides examples of:
* TheAtoner: Michael Baldwin was once a villain, but has reformed and is now a happily married (reasonably) upstanding citizen. His past does catch up to him at times though.
* BackFromTheDead: A number of examples as with other soap operas. For example Jill's son Philip who had been thought dead for years turned out to be alive and well in Australia.
* BettyAndVeronica: Nick Newman (Archie) and his current wife Phyllis (a red-haired Veronica) and his ex-wife Sharon (Betty) have been doing this for the past few years.
* BrainlessBeauty: Abby Newman seemed like this at first, though she eventually showed HiddenDepths.
* BreakTheCutie: Sharon often gets these storylines.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Nick Newman
* ByronicHero: Victor Newman.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Nick and Victoria have done this on several occasions with Victor, but not with any lasting effect.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: As with many other soaps a pregnancy will end in a miscarriage once it has no further dramatic purpose.
* ConvulsiveSeizures: Averted - one of the characters has Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Victor with Adam -- Here, Adam's mother specifically asked Victor have no part in Adam's life, but charged Victor to take care of Adam on her deathbed. Not really sure why- it's a Soap Opera so her reasons for this were probably explained like, ten or twenty years ago.
** Same with Paul and Heather. He was asked to stay out of Heather's life completely at her mother's request.
* DeadpanSnarker: A number over the years, usually the nastier characters.
** Jack Abbott is a master at deadpan snark, usually directed at his arch enemy Victor or his brother-in-law Brad.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Ricky gets shot in shoulder, probably non-fatally, by his father, and falls backward out of his window, where he dies.
* TheDitz: Esther the maid, who is also kindhearted and loyal to Katherine.
* DramaticHalfHour: Ran for a half hour from its debut in 1973 until February 1980. It was the last soap opera to expand to an hour.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Most of the women in the Glowroom are clearly turned on when they watch Abby perform [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUt8iwED0XY this striptease]].
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: This is a soap opera...
* EvilTwin: A number of these have popped up over the years. Catherine, Phyllis and Lauren have all been bedeviled by evil doubles at some point.
* FatGirl: Tracy Abbott had a number of sensitive story lines about her insecurities over her weight.
** Her daughter Colleen also had similar anxieties until the actress was replaced by someone extremely thin (much to the annoyance of many fans).
* FieryRedhead: Phyllis, oh so much. Lauren also has shades of this.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: An awful lot over the decades. Most striking is the dress for Nikki's first wedding.
* TheGamblingAddict: Billy Abbot, to the point of racking up a huge debt and getting his wife kidnapped.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: All done in slow motion with syrupy music and a ModestyBedsheet.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Michael Baldwin's condemnation of Sheila came off as this, when you consider that he'd been a StalkerWithACrush for Christine Blair and ''committed murder'' in order to cover his tracks.
** Sharon invokes this against the Newman women when they gather to confront her about her affair with Brad. When they turn their noses up at her, Sharon goes to each woman to remind them of their own shady actions and condemning them for judging her.
* IdiotHoudini: Ashley Abbott. If she makes an extremely poor decision gets involved in other people's plans, things go to hell for them while Ashley trots off with barely any punishment.
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Victor and Jack both qualify, but are capable of being flat out Jerkass as well.
* LadyDrunk: Kay, Nikki
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Due to multiple main families and many supporting families. There are many characters currently in the cast.
* {{Long Runner|s}}: It's been aired every weekday for almost 40 years.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Sheila gets plastic surgery to look like Phyllis, explaining her actor change to the same as Phyllis.
** And the evil Matt Carter gets plastic surgery so that he can return to Genoa City (where he was still wanted for rape charges) and ingratiate himself into the lives of his unknowing victim and her husband and start wreaking havoc.
* TheNounAndTheNoun: A lot of them are young and they certainly are restless, to say the least...
* OfficerOHara: Averted. Both Ronan and Paul are Irish, though they both avoid typical 'Irish cop' tropes.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: Paul's creepy son Ricky had this as his Leitmotif.
* PutOnABus: Numerous characters. Most recently, Ashley, Heather, Sophia, and Ronan. Generally, it's tradition to do a steady houseclean of the cast whenever a new regime moves in.
* RagsToRiches: Several characters, most notably Victor Newman who grew up in an orphanage and clawed his way to the top.
* {{Retool}}: The show is notable as one of the few soaps to completely [=retool=] and write out the bulk of its core families. According to TheOtherWiki, this was the result of the show's expansion from 30 minutes to an hour in 1980. The expansion forced the producers to renegotiate contracts; when many actors chose to leave, the writers wrote out the remaining main characters from the Foster and Brooks families, except Jill Foster. They then refocused their attention on a new pair of main families, the Williams and the Abbots. The writers later added more families: the Newmans, the Winters and, more recently, the Fisher-Baldwin family.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: The victim is typically sent off to a Swiss boarding school for a few months.
* TangledFamilyTree: Due to numerous marriages, remarriages, and marriages to different people, the show's three main families, the Newmans, Abbots, and Winters, are all related, at least through marriage.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Adam Wilson has ended up invoking this trope. It's hard to escape the fact that, before he came to Genoa City, Adam was relatively moral and well-adjusted. It was only after prolonged exposure to the chronic backstabbing and underhanded business dealings of the city that he started his horrific revenge plan and at the end of that, he lapses into a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and tries to reform. Then even this is completely undercut when the Newmans and Abbotts confront him in the cabin and treat him like a monster, even though they don't have any idea what he did plus how hollow their moral superiority sounds, considering all the crimes they've committed in the past, which Adam and later DA Owen Pomerantz call them out on.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted. Genoa City is in the state of Wisconsin, which means legal documents, e.g. divorce papers have the state seal visible.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Nikki Newman (nee Reed) came from a bad part of town and worked as a stripper for awhile until she caught Victor's eye.
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