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.
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Provides examples of:
- 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.
- Brainless Beauty: Abby Newman seemed like this at first, though she eventually showed Hidden Depths.
- Break the Cutie: Sharon often gets these storylines.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Nick Newman
- Byronic Hero: Victor Newman.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Nick and Victoria have done this on several occasions with Victor, but not with any lasting effect.
- Convenient Miscarriage: As with many other soaps a pregnancy will end in a miscarriage once it has no further dramatic purpose.
- Convulsive Seizures: Averted - one of the characters has Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
- Deadpan Snarker: A number over the years, usually the nastier characters.
- Disney Villain Death: Ricky gets shot in shoulder, probably non-fatally, by his father, and falls backward out of his window, where he dies.
- The Ditz: Esther the maid, who is also kindhearted and loyal to Katherine.
- Dramatic Half-Hour: Ran for a half hour from its debut in 1973 until February 1980. It was the last soap opera to expand to an hour.
- Evil Twin: A number of these have popped up over the years. Catherine, Phyllis and Lauren have all been bedeviled by evil doubles at some point.
- Fat Girl: 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).
- Fiery Redhead: Phyllis, oh so much. Lauren also has shades of this.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress: An awful lot over the decades. Most striking is the dress for Nikki's first wedding.
- The Gambling Addict: Billy Abbot, to the point of racking up a huge death and getting his wife kidnapped.
- Good People Have Good Sex: All done in slow motion with syrupy music and a Modesty Bedsheet.
- 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.
- Idiot Houdini: Ashley. If she gets involved in your plans...
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Victor and Jack both qualify, but are capable of being flat out Jerkass as well.
- Lady Drunk: Kay, Nikki
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Due to multiple main families and many supporting families. There are many characters currently in the cast.
- Long Runner: It's been aired every weekday for almost 40 years.
- Officer O'Hara: Averted. Both Ronan and Paul are Irish, though they both avoid typical 'Irish cop' tropes.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: Paul's creepy son Ricky had this as his Leitmotif.
- 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.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: The victim is typically sent off to a Swiss boarding school for a few months.
- 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.