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The Young and the Restless has been on the air for 47 seasons on CBS, making it one of the longest-running television shows in history.

The classic soap opera has followed the triumphs and misfortunes of many characters throughout the years, some good people, and some quite the opposite.

The soap is also connected to the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, which has run alongside The Young and the Restless for many years. The show has a linked history through various shared charters. One of these characters is the evil Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown), who triumphs by causing the misfortune of others with her evil ways. 

What is ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ 

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Set in Genoa City, Wisconsin, The Young and the Restless follows the life of various families as they marry, divorce, shock, betray, and love one another. The show has a variety of characters, some heroic, some evil, and some in between.

Similarly, The Bold and the Beautiful follows the lives of a large cast of characters, with the central focus on the Forrester family. The Forresters are at the top of the glamorous L.A. fashion scene. There has been a large amount of crossover between the sister shows, mostly in the form of various characters appearing on both shows.

One of the decidedly villainous characters that has been a major part of both of the shows is the evil Sheila Carter. 

Who is the villainous Sheila Carter? 

Carter has not just terrorized the members of Genoa City in The Young and the Restless, but also the characters on the show’s sibling soap The Bold and the Beautiful. Carter has been an important part of the shows since her first episode in 1990.

Carter’s first appearance was on The Young and the Restless, and her first time on The Bold and the Beautiful came soon after. From the beginning, Carter has clearly been a force of evil.

One of the worst things she has ever done is the drugging of Dr. Scott Grainger (Peter Barton) to force him to conceive a child with her. Carter also forced the doctor to leave his also pregnant girlfriend Lauren Fenmore (Tracy E. Bergman).

When Carter’s child died, the villainous nurse attempted to steal Lauren’s baby. Carter then moved to Los Angeles, and into the home of the Forrester family. The Forresters are the long-standing main characters of The Bold and the Beautiful. 

Once in the family, Carter went back to her evil ways, and even escalated to attempted murder as she tried to drown her rival Lauren in a hot tub. She also threatened to kill members of the Forrester family with a gun. Many of these evil incidents are a result of Sheila’s desire for love, which she clearly has a difficult time properly expressing.

Sheila has not been seen on the show since 2018, but it is very possible that she could return for another wicked scheme. 

Fan reactions to seeing Carter on ‘Villains Week’ 


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Due to production shutdowns necessary because of COVID-19 concerns, the CBS both soap operas have been replaying classic episodes. These episodes have been collected into a special theme each week, and these themes have included The Young and the Restless’s greatest love stories, a celebration of the Winters family, and a whole week dedicated to the show’s legendary character Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper).

One of these weeks has been a look back at the characters that fans love to hate. During an episode of the show’s Villains Week, Carter once again attempts to destroy her rival Lauren by making a surprise and unwelcome appearance during Lauren’s honeymoon.

Many fans have taken to social media to declare that Sheila is one of, if not the greatest villain in soap opera history. These devoted fans have also called for Sheila’s return, which would reintroduce the gritty punch some fans feel the show has been lacking in recent years.