The classic program has gone through many shakeups over the years, from expanding the time slot to cast changes. Through it all, viewers have continued to tune in to the show, following along with the lives and loves of all their favorite characters.
The cast of The Young and the Restless is equally enamored with the long-running show and recently took to Twitter to bond over a common issue that they share.
When did ‘The Young and the Restless’ debut on television?
The early seventies was a time for many major television productions, including The Young and the Restless. The iconic soap opera first debuted in 1973, in a half-hour format designed to give viewers quick, easy entertainment, five days out of the week.
The show became popular in short order, and by 1980, showrunners decided to expand the show into a one-hour format.
In the early days, the show closely followed the business exploits and personal struggles of two polar-opposite families — the Brooks and the Fosters. While the core families have changed a few times over the years, viewers still find themselves deeply invested in the characters and their struggles, particularly the long-running feud between Katherine Chancellor and Jill Abbott.
The Young and the Restless has won multiple awards over the years and even after four decades on television, the show is considered to be one of the greatest soap operas ever produced. The show has also expanded its universe a number of years ago and there are frequent crossovers between The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
What throwback episode recently aired?
Not only has The Young and the Restless been successfully airing since 1973, but the ratings continue to be good enough for regular renewals. Recently, it was announced that the soap was renewed through the 2023-24 television season.
Although filming is likely to be delayed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans do have new episodes to look forward to in the future.
In addition to new episodes coming up, fans of The Young and the Restless get to enjoy regular reruns. The Young and the Restless has become notorious for doing themed rerun weeks, and recently, the show aired a “villains week” that got both viewers and cast members talking.
‘The Young and the Restless’ co-stars took to Twitter to bond
The Young and the Restless “Villains Week” ran at the end of May and featured some of the show’s most popular episodes — ones that included truly devious characters, from those who simply behaved badly to characters who were absolutely devilish in nature.
Each of the five episodes that aired was some of the show’s best, but the May 27th rerun proved to be one that would go down in The Young and the Restless history.
The episode centers around Kevin Fisher’s disturbing behavior, as he quite literally goes in for the kill. Kevin Fisher, played by Greg Rikaart, has been featured on the show for many years, but many viewers could have forgotten how truly terrifying Kevin could be in the early days.
During the episode’s airing, Rikaart took to Twitter, posting that “I hope my son doesn’t come downstairs while this episode is on. He’ll be terrified of me.”
Rikaart’s fellow cast member, Michelle Stafford, hopped on his Twitter thread, posting “been there,” in a show of solidarity. Maura West, a former cast member, also chimed in, stating: “I hear that!”
Clearly, many cast members of The Young and the Restless are able to relate to Rikaart’s fear of traumatizing his child through some truly over-the-top on-screen moments.