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'The Young and the Restless' Celebrates 41 Years On Air


'The Young and the Restless' Celebrates 41 Years On Air


'The Young and the Restless' celebrated its 41st anniversay on March 26, and though the popular daytime drama is creeping up to middle-age, it is still looking as young as ever, and, yes, acting very restless. 

The cast and crew, led by long-time cast members, Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, took a break from filming to celebrate the milestone on March 25, complete with a chocolate cake in the shape of the number one and covered in white icing with a red "YR" logo. 

Why number one? Well, because the CBS series has been the top-rated soap opera since 1988, and shows no signs of slowing down. 

"We've been very fortunate that we're still number one and our ratings are even higher than they have been," Scott, who plays Nikki Newman, said.

With its continued success, it's no wonder the soap has been renewed through 2017, which is a milestone in itself considering the number of soaps that have been axed in recent years. 

"It's a giant chunk of television history," said Bergman, aka "Smiling" Jack Abbott. "There aren't many 41-year-old shows out there."

Though Braeden, Scott and Bergman have been with the show for some 30-odd years, no one from the show's debut - on March 26, 1973 - remains on the show, including the show's creators, the late Bill Bell, and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell (although Bell does come to answer fan mail and phone calls daily). Their daughter, Lauralee Bell, who has played lawyer Christine Williams on-and-off since the 1980s, is the only family member who still works with the show.

Lauralee Bell said it's the show's familiar characters and their intriguing storylines that have contributed to the soap's successful 10,376th episode (and counting) run.

"There's still so many people they can count on every day when their lives are crazy," she said of the audience. "'It's like their other family. They don't abandon you."

- The Young and the Restless

Written by: briannehogan
Mar 27th, 2014, 7:21 am

Image courtesy of Lisette M. Azar/CBS

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