The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictional Wisconsin town called Genoa City, which is unlike and unrelated to the real life village of the same name, Genoa City, Wisconsin. First broadcast on March 26, 1973, The Young and the Restless was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, five times a week. It expanded to one hour episodes on February 4, 1980. In 2006 the show began airing on weeknights SOAPnet. The series is also syndicated internationally.
The Young and the Restless originally focuses on two core families, the wealthy Brooks family and the poor Foster family. After a series of recasts and departures, in the early 1980s all the original characters except Jill Foster Abbott were written out. Bell replaced them with the new core families, the Abbotts and the Williams'. Over the years, other families such as the Newmans and the Winters were introduced. Despite these changes, one storyline that has endured through almost the show's entire run is the feud between Jill Foster Abbott and Katherine Chancellor, the longest rivalries on any American soap opera.
William J. Bell
Lee Philip Bell
Senior cast member(s)
Melody Thomas Scott
Tracey E. Bregman
Kristoff St. John
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 9,465 (as of September 17, 2010)
Executive producer(s) Maria Arena Bell
Head writer(s) Maria Arena Bell,
and Scott Hamner
Distributor Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Corday Productions, Inc.
in association with Sony Pictures Television (Columbia TriStar Television 2001 until 2002, Columbia Pictures Television 1974 to 2001, and Screen Gems until name change in 1974)
Running time 30 minutes (1973–1980)
60 minutes (1980–present)
Original channel CBS
Original run March 26, 1973 (1973-03-26) – present