‘The Young and the Restless’: 5 Things Fans Hate About the Show

The Young and the Restless has been entertaining fans with its romance and drama since 1973. Throughout the years, viewers have tuned in to watch the latest turmoil in the lives of the Newmans and the Abbotts. Although the show remains one of daytime’s popular serials, interest is starting to wane. Here are five things fans have come to hate about the iconic soap opera.

'The Young and the Restless' actor Sharon Case wearing a green dress and standing in front of a floral hedge.
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‘The Young and the Restless’ fans feel the show focuses too much on certain characters

With an ensemble cast of over 30 people, The Young and the Restless can tell multiple stories. However, fans have noticed that the show seems to show favoritism on certain characters given their amount of screentime. Within the past two years, Adam Newman (Mark Grossman) and Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson) are two characters featured a lot onscreen.

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Although Adam and Billy are two of the show’s leading men, the constant focus is overkill. Fans have grown tired of the never-ending feud between the men and feel Billy needs to let his Adam hatred go. Unfortunately for viewers, it appears they’ll be seeing more of the two because their current storyline is just heating up.

Boring storylines

Like other soap operas, The Young and the Restless is known for pulling doozies with their storytelling. The show has had some bad storylines throughout the years, and it’s continued with its recent plots. One current storyline that’s been criticized by fans is Abby Newman’s (Melissa Ordway) surrogacy.

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The Newman heiress and her husband, Chance Chancellor (Conner Floyd), wanted a baby. However, Abby was unable to carry a child, and Chance learned he couldn’t have children. While Chance was away on his mission, Abby continued with their plans to have a family with the help of friends.

Mariah Copeland (Camryn Grimes) became Abby’s surrogate, and Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) donated his sperm. The entire storyline from start to finish was confusing and a disappointment. Things are about to become more complicated, with a custody battle brewing between Abby, Devon, and Mariah.

Couples with no chemistry

The Young and the Restless has created lots of famous couples over the decades. Victor and Nikki Newman (Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott) remain the iconic love story. Despite the number of successful pairings, there have also been couples that bombed.

Soap fans know chemistry is important with any couple. The dynamic between the characters will either make or break them. One couple who started promising but fell flat is Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) and Rey Rosales (Jordi Vilasuso).

On Twitter, The Young and the Restless fans discussed the lack of chemistry with Sharon and Rey. “Rey is killing Sharon and us with BOREDOM. He is awful for her. This forced pairing needs to end,” wrote one user. Another commenter chimed in with, “Rey never smiles around Sharon, and she does all the heavy lifting.”

‘The Young and the Restless’ fans upset with removal of veteran characters

Most of The Young and the Restless cast is filled with actors who’ve been with the show for decades. Of course, Victor and Nikki are two legacy characters who continue to be featured prominently in the soap opera. Yet, as for other veteran characters, they aren’t so lucky.

Throughout the years, fans have seen characters such as Jill Abbott (Jess Walton), Paul Williams (Doug Davidson), and Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell) be fazed out. Writing for veteran characters can be difficult, and it seems The Young and the Restless has run into this problem. Although the characters do pop in for a surprise return, fans feel it’s not enough, and the actors they’ve come to know and love deserve better.

Letting go of talented actors

The Young and the Restless has undergone many chasting shake-ups throughout the years. Most of their decisions are one fans disagree with. One of the top stories this year was the departure of Hunter King and Michael Mealor.

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King and Mealor played super-couple Summer Newman and Kyle Abbott on the show. Summer and Kyle were a popular pairing, and many felt they could be the next Victor and Nikki. Yet, fans said goodbye to the characters when King and Mealor left due to failed contract negotiations. The show’s decision to let these two talented actors go made fans furious.

Although fans were treated to a Skyle appearance at Victoria Newman’s (Amelia Heinle) wedding, that’s not enough. Fans miss them and want the couple back permanently. King and Mealor said they’re open to more returns. Whether it’ll be full-time remains to be seen, but fans will take Skyle anyway they can get them.