‘The Young and the Restless’ Fans Want Sharon and Adam Back

Long before Marvel fans had their Endgame, soap opera fans had their endgames too as they intently shipped couples. With The Young and the Restless, one of the most intense is that of Sharon and Adam.  

As with many great couples, whether it’s Bogie and Bergman in Casablanca or David and Maddie in Moonlighting or Rachel and Ross on Friends, there has been much drama made of keeping the couple apart. Right now Sharon is seeing Rey, but fans are divided over whether Rey is OK or whether Adam is the best. 

The Young and the Restless Cast Members: Daniel Goddard, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, Sharon Case and Christian Leblanc
Daniel Goddard, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, Sharon Case and Christian Leblanc | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Looking back with Sharon and Adam

One of the most recent major events between Sharon and Adam was their breakup last year, which was a big deal because the pair had been together for about 10 years, with a particularly tumultuous history. Sharon has mental health issues, resulting in everything from her burning down Victor’s house to going on the lam from the law. Eventually, the rot began to set in and things came to a head last September when the pair split. 

According to the Soaps.com recap, Adam was in a dark place at the time, and although Sharon was offering friendship and support, Adam wanted to hear Sharon say that she loved him. She asserted that she cared about him, but Adam insisted that wasn’t enough and metaphorically closed the door on Sharon. 

One fan said at the time, “Sorry if this upsets people when I say this but I still believe that Sharon is a great fit for Adam cause she can help him and make him a better person. Adam is not a bad person … Victor does not have a bad son they just do bad things. Sharon and Adam are a good fit for each other.” 

Sharon and Adam become Shadam

Be that as it may, the couple still went their separate ways, but such was the couple’s hold on fandom that they got a name combination like Brangelina: Shadam. And Shadam has inspired reams of discussion all around the various soap opera sites and other venues. 

For instance, last year, before the “you must say you love me” breakup, Soaphub.com asked fans if Sharon and Adam should reunite for good. The answer was a resounding no, with 86 percent saying they shouldn’t.

The site wrote, “these two were poison together! Hey, remember when Adam stole newborn Faith (Alyvia Alyn Lind) and handed her over to Ashley (Eileen Davidson)? Yeah, he’s a sociopath, and nothing he’s done since coming back from the dead has done anything to disabuse you of this notion … He’s also obviously still obsessed with Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), which means Sharon will always be an also-ran. She can do better. Rey (Jordi Vilasuso) should get over it.”

Whom do fans want to see with Sharon?

Over on the debate site known as Twitter, fans were divided. On a Tweet from the show’s official account, there was a shot of Sharon and Rey with three hearts. That set fans off. 

“When will Adam get to be at Sharon’s side!? How long can you keep him in the dark?!? Adam knows everything that happened in town. How does he not know this? Let Adam be there for her!” one fan pleaded. Another said, “Adam needs to be at Sharon’s side. It’s ridiculous and completely ignoring their rich history. #Shadam have an unbreakable bond and it’s not right that Adam doesn’t know she’s sick.” 

Still, there was some dissent, with one fan saying “Sharon has cancer. Rey is exactly who she needs. Rey is a rock and Sharon has his undivided attention. She doesn’t need self-absorbed Adam with all his daddy issues.”

And the debate goes on.