Overview of The Young and the Restless
The feud between Jill Foster Abbott and Katherine Chancellor is the longest
Hi, I'm Lauren with About.com. For more than 30 years, CBS's The Young & The Restless has been entertaining fans with intense drama, tangled love stories, memorable plotlines and great characters.The show takes place in a fictional Wisconsin town named Genoa City, where the money is plentiful and so are the women.The show has transitioned through different familial stories. When the series began in 1973, co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell centered The Young and the Restless around two core families, the wealthy Brooks' and the poor Fosters. By the early 1980s, all of the original characters were written out except Jill Foster Abbott Bell, who is still a character on the show today. Gradually, the focus shifted from the Brooks and Foster families to the Williams, Abbott, and Newman families.By the late 1980s, most members of the Williams family were phased out, and the Abbott and the Newman families took over the spotlight, including the corporate rivalry between their two respective companies in the cosmetics industry.Despite the many changes in the long-running series, one storyline has endured ... the feud between Jill Foster Abbott and Katherine “Kay” Chancellor. It is the longest rivalry on any American soap opera.Those wacky Genoa City citizens have married and cheated so many times that the family trees are well, pretty bushy... there have been numerous stolen husbands, several murder-mystery plots, a handful of unhealthy addictions and quite a few “such & such died - oh wait... no they didn't” scenarios.Y&R's first broadcast was on March 26th 1973. It was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, then expanded to one-hour episodes in 1980. The soap celebrated its 10,000th episode in September, 2012. It has won more than 100 Daytime Emmys, and has received hundreds of nominations.And that's your recap of The Young & The Restless. Thanks for watching! For more information be sure to check out About.com.