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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 UsefulNotes/{{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:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: During the Cameron Kirsten plot, Larry Warton led Sharon and Nikki into the sewer where he dumped the supposed body of Cameron. The sewer was shown as being a set of incredibly spacious underground tunnels, with room for all three of them to walk through it.
* AmbiguouslyBi:
** Mariah Copeland. She's explicitly in love with Tessa, but prior to that, she only ever dated men. She admits her attraction to Tessa is the strongest she's ever felt, and she seems to be trying to force herself to be into her boyfriend, hinting that she's a lesbian. However, she tells Kevin she likes hot men as well as hot women, so she ''could'' be bisexual. Time will tell.
** Tessa herself, in the opposite direction. She's definitely into men, but her subtext with Mariah is undeniable. Mariah herself is convinced Tessa is straight, but Kyle thinks Tessa reciprocates Mariah's feelings.
* AmicableExes: Sharon and Nick settled into this long after their marriage ended. They are arguably each other's best friend and provide each other advice as they date other people.
* ArchEnemy: 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.
* 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.
* TheBabyTrap: Sharon technically did this to Nick even though they were actually very HappilyMarried. But she's insecure about the relationship (his mother Nikki dislikes her) and figures this is the best way to hang onto him. It pays off, as her mother-in-law finally warms up to her once news of the pregnancy gets out.
* 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 ex-wives Phyllis (a red-haired Veronica) and Sharon (Betty) have been doing this for the past few years.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Quite a few have popped up over the years, but Graham Bloodworth stands out. While he at first came off as a devoted, caring assistant and guardian to Dina, he gradually revealed himself to be a ''nasty'' piece of work who was out to not only get his hands on Dina's money, but utterly ''destroy'' her. And he does this all by isolating her from her estranged-but-concerned children and exploiting her Alzheimer's, to boot!
* BrainlessBeauty: Abby Newman seemed like this at first, though she eventually showed HiddenDepths.
** Abby's mother Ashley can be this as well. While generally very intelligent and levelheaded she's dumb as a stick when it comes to relationships.
* 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.
* CrazyCatLady: Kyle jokes about Mariah becoming one if she doesn't make a move on Tessa. Mariah is [[DeathGlare unamused]].
-->'''Mariah:''' I don't have any cats.\\
'''Kyle:''' I see many in your future.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Paul is so incensed that ex-wife Christine is going to marry Michael (while [[JerkassHasAPoint he has a point]] given Michael and Christine's ugly history, he's also a complete hypocrite given that their marriage ended because he cheated on her) that he goes over to her house and ends up forcing himself on her.
* {{Crossover}}: While not as frequently as its Creator/{{ABC}} counterparts, and despite some continuity errors--actors on one show have played a completely different character on another, it's been well established that the show exists in the same universe as ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' (the most notable transfers were of this show's Sheila and Lauren to the other) and to a lesser example, the other Creator/{{CBS}} soaps ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' and ''Series/GuidingLight''. (Michael Baldwin made brief appearances on both).
* 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.
** Mariah, mainly to cope with Hilary's constant crap.
* 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.
* DivorceIsTemporary: Oh, come on, it's a soap. How many times have couples -- mostly Victor/Nikki and Nick/Sharon -- divorced and then reunited? Actually {{Deconstructed}} in a 2018 storyline, where Nick and Sharon tell their daughter Faith (now about ten years old) that they're getting back together for the upteenth time... and her response is, essentially, "Are you freaking ''kidding'' me?!" She tells them that she wants them to be happy, but all this back-and-forth has been seriously rough on her.
-->'''Faith:''' I know there are lots of types of families. It kinda feels like I've had ''all'' of them.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Juliet plys Cane with sake (and may have drugged him as well), getting him so drunk that he doesn't even remember what happened between them. Flashbacks have revealed that they did in fact have sex, and everyone, including Cane himself, views his behavior as him having cheated on his wife, rather than him having been taken advantage of.
* DramaticHalfHour: 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, Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful, premiered in 1987 and remains the only soap to still run in a half hour timeslot.
* [[invoked]]DudeNotFunny: Tracy reacts this way when Jack called Brad, who froze to death, a "Bradsicle."
* 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. 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.
* 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 iconic is the dress for Nikki's first wedding.
* FalseRapeAccusation: Juliet sues Cane for sexual harassment knowing full well that not only did Cane not force himself on her, if anything, ''she'' took advantage of ''him''--she clearly plied him with alcohol to the point that he didn't even know what happened.
* TheGamblingAddict: Billy Abbott, 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.
* IdenticalStranger: 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, UnfortunateImplications arose from the plot as the discovery of Marco's existence led to the deaths of Austin Travers [[note]]the husband of Victor's granddaughter Summer[[/note]], Courtney Sloane [[note]]the OlderThanSheLooks cop then engaged to Victor's grandson Noah, who was supposed to marry her the day she was slain[[/note]] and a [[MurderTheHypotenuse 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.
* 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.
** Hilary Curtis has slowly evolved into this. She's a pretty big bitch, but she genuinely cares about Devon and Shauna, and occasionally even Mariah.
* LadyDrunk: 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.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Due to multiple main families and many supporting families. There are many characters currently in the cast.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Nadia's Theme", of course.
* {{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 the unknowing Sharon (his victim) and Nick 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.
* MeanBoss: ZigZagged with Hilary Curtis. She's a total primadonna and control freak, and often treats her assistant Mariah like crap... but she's [[TookALevelInKindness mellowed significantly over the years]], and has begun treating Mariah slightly better. In one Christmas episode, Mariah's stunned into silence when Hilary gives her a very thoughtful gift, completely unprompted.
* MoralityPet: Victor is... flawed. To say the least. But he genuinely loves and is protective of his children, and absolutely dotes on his grandchildren. Even when he and Nick are on the outs, Nick still lets Victor see his grandkids as often as he likes, precisely ''because'' Victor is genuinely a pretty good grandfather.
* 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.
* OnlySaneMan: Generally, one per family or company.
** Traci Abbott is the "normal" one among her siblings, which may be thanks to the fact that she's a recurring character and isn't always in the center of Genoa City's latest insanity.
** Devon and Neil are often this, though they're both NotSoAboveItAll from time to time.
** Mariah is this [[OnlySaneEmployee among her coworkers at GC Buzz]], especially when Devon isn't around, and oftentimes to Nick, Sharon, and Tessa as well. (Yes, the girl who was introduced {{Gaslight}}ing Sharon by pretending to be a ghost and grew up in a cult is now the resident sane person at her place of work.)
** Faith Newman is showing signs of becoming this, as well. Which is a bit worrying, since she's ''ten''.
* PassThePopcorn: One particularly hilarious scene in 2017 had Sharon and Abby get into a {{catfight}} in the middle of a crowded restaurant. Everyone around them either reacts in shock or by trying to break it up... and then it cuts to [[ManipulativeBastard Graham]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing Bloodworth]], watching from a table in the corner, sipping a martini and grinning from ear-to-ear.
* PlayingGertrude: A standard SoapOpera trope, but the recent recasting of Lily and Cane's twins takes this to extremes. The actors appear to be in their mid-teens, while Christel Khalil is only 29.
* PolarOppositeTwins: The Ashby twins. Mattie is nerdy, snarky, and is generally unconcerned with her social life. Charlie is popular, charming, and a romantic at heart. Despite this, the twins are close and generally get along.
* 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 Wiki/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.
* ShipperOnDeck: Kyle starts shipping Mariah/Tessa within minutes of seeing them together, even though he was initially interested in Tessa. He starts acting as Mariah's wingman... whether Mariah wants it or not. He's also quick to tell her she's being an idiot for not making a move.
* 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.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Neil and Victoria, though it was unfortunately nixed due to the rampant hate mail-—both actors received ''death threats''. Later couples, such as Phyllis and Damon, fared better.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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 RealLife 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.
* 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.
** Sharon also. It took a long time for Nikki to stop suspecting that she was a GoldDigger because of her lesser financial status, and even then, she still never felt that Sharon was good enough for Nick.
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