'The Young and the Restless' Premiered 43 Years Ago Today


The Young and the Restless, created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, premiered 43 years ago today (March 26, 1973). Y&R joined the CBS Daytime lineup as a 30-minute soap, expanding to an hour per episode in February 1980.

In the very first episode, Brad Eliot (Tom Hallick) rode back into Genoa City with a trucker, following his accident; in their apartment, Snapper Foster (William Gray Espy) and Sally McGuire (Lee Crawford) talked about their relationship and the fact that Snapper had been dating Chris Brooks (Trish Stewart); Chris told her sister Leslie (Janice Lynde) that she may be in love with Snapper; at Pierre's restaurant, Snapper waited for Chris' father to meet him for lunch; Brad entered the restaurant and was seated by the waitress, Sally; Chris' father, Stuart (Robert Colbert), questioned Snapper about his past and his intentions concerning Chris; and Stuart paid Brad's check when Brad admitted to Sally that he had no money. Meanwhile, at a police station, Brad's wife, Barbara (Deidre Hall), was informed that her husband was dead.

Watch the first episode of The Young and the Restless below:

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