My all time favorite soap opera, The Young and The Restless is turning 40 today. We’ll be the same age. How apropos. I previously wrote about the fabulous makeover that Y&R has undergone. I’m still loving it. Recent episodes have opened with a recap from one of the cast members about their time on the show. Last Thursday and Friday’s episodes were pre-empted due to March Madness. Madness is right, last Wednesday’s show ended with one helluva cliffhanger and I had to wait until 11:00 a.m. CST yesterday to see what would happen.
Spoiler alert! Y&R has been doing a fantastic job the last few weeks honoring their 40th anniversary. Victor and Nikki Newman were married for the umpteenth time while a henchman planted a bomb in their house. Victor’s black sheep son, Adam Newman, took a bullet meant for dear old dad. Tony Todd of Candyman fame appeared as newcomers Valerie and Tyler’s dad imprisoned for killing their mother. General Hospital veteran Steve Burton who joined the cast two months ago has made Y&R home with his first shirtless scene. He cemented it by hooking up with Melissa Claire Egan’s character Chelsea Newman.
Y&R has always told intriguing stories and that’s why it’s #1. With the cancellation of so many other great daytime soaps, I am thrilled that this one has stood the test of time. The writing has remained impeccable even after the passing of creator Bill Bell. The brilliant cast and suspenseful storylines are what keep me tuned in. Here are some of my favorite twists from the last 40 years.
1. The death of Cassie Newman
2. The real life recasting of Adam Newman with Michael Muhney
3. Cane Ashby is not the real Phillip Chancellor III because the real Phillip faked his death
4. The redemption of Michael Baldwin
5. Plastic surgeon carves “KILLER” onto David Kimble’s forehead
Honorable Mention: Introducing the world to Shemar Moore
What is your favorite Y&R moment?