The Young and the Restless is an American soap opera, first aired in 1973 on 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.We're building a Character Page! Come help, if you can.
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The Atoner: 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.
Back from the Dead: 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.
Hypocrite: Michael Baldwin's condemnation of Sheila came off as this, when you consider that he'd been a Stalker with a Crush 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.
Put on a Bus: 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.
Rags to Riches: 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 The Other Wiki, 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.
Tangled Family Tree: 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.
Wherethe Hell Is Springfield:Averted. Genoa City is in the state of Wisconsin, which means legal documents, e.g. divorce papers have the state seal visible.
Wrong Side of the Tracks: Nikki Newman (nee Reed) came from a bad part of town and worked as a stripper for awhile until she caught Victor's eye.