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: