Series / The Young and the Restless
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 25 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:

  • Arch-Enemy: Victor Newman and Jack Abbott are this to a T, with Victor trying to acquire Jabot (the cosmetics business founded by his late parents) several times.
  • 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: Nick Newman (Archie), and his ex-wives Phyllis (a red-haired Veronica) and Sharon (Betty) have been doing this for the past few years.
  • 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.
  • The Character Died with Him: Occurred when Jeanne Cooper, the actress who played Katherine Chancellor, died in 2013.
  • 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.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.
  • 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 of the time to expand to an hour. It's sister show, The Bold and the Beautiful, premiered in 1987 and remains the only soap to still run in a half hour timeslot.
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!: Tracy reacts this way when Jack called Brad, who froze to death, a "Bradsicle."
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Most of the women in the Glowroom are clearly turned on when they watch Abby perform this striptease.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: This is a soap opera...
  • Evil Twin: A number of these have popped up over the years. Katherine, Phyllis and Lauren have all been bedeviled by evil doubles at some point. Most recently, Jack Abbot was kidnapped by Victor and replaced with a Peruvian drug lord named Marco Anicelli.
  • 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 iconic is the dress for Nikki's first wedding.
  • The Gambling Addict: Billy Abbot, to the point of racking up a huge debt 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.
  • Identical Stranger: The storyline that started in February 2015 with a winter storm hitting Genoa City also unveiled the existence of Marco Annicelli, a Peruvian drug lord sprung free by Victor in his plot to take over Jabot Cosmetics from Jack (both Jack and Marco were played by Peter Bergmann), which led to Jack being kidnapped on the day of his wedding to Phyllis and held captive on an island with the insane Kelly Andrews. However, Unfortunate Implications arose from the plot as the discovery of Marco's existence led to the deaths of Austin Travers note , Courtney Sloane note  and a disgruntled Jabot employee who hinted at the secret... not by Marco, but by Mark Harding, a Genoa City P.D. detective who was involved with Marco's plot.
  • Idiot Houdini: 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.
  • 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. It got worse over time to the point where a 2014 episode centered on her family staging an intervention (as told by Nikki to what was later revealed to be a rehab counselor, though made to look for most of the episode as an angel to make it look to viewers that she died of alcohol poisoning). Her becoming sober at that point led to Victor and Nikki's separation on the basis that Victor's constant deceit has caused her to keep falling off the wagon.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Due to multiple main families and many supporting families. There are many characters currently in the cast.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "Nadia's Theme", of course.
  • Long Runner: It's been aired every weekday for almost 40 years.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: 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.
    • There's also Adam Newman, who had plastic surgery to look like the businessman who died saving him after a car crash, allowing him to avoid facing jail time for the accidental hit-and-run death of Billy Abbott and Victoria Newman's daughter Delia as he assumed the aforementioned Gabriel Bingham's identity. Like the example mentioned first, this was also done to explain the change in actors.
  • The Noun and the Noun: A lot of them are young and they certainly are restless, to say the least...
  • 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.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: 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 My God, What Have I Done? 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.
  • Where the 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. The show's main setting Genoa City, Wisconsin shares the same name with a Real Life village in southeastern Wisconsin, but the unrelated, fictionalized city seen in the show is depicted closer in size to Chicago (located 70 miles south-southeast of the real Genoa City) than the real town. Creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell named the fictional town Genoa City, as it was located on their way from their then-home in Chicago to their summer vacation home in Lake Geneva.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): The Young And The Restless