The Young and the Restless (1973-????)
The Young and the Restless took to the small screen on March 26, 1973, and more than 10,000 episodes later, it shows no signs of letting up. Home for Y&R characters is Genoa City, Wisconsin, a fictional version of a real village. The TV town is a hotbed of corporate intrigue and grandeur, pitting two wealthy families -- the Newmans and the Abbotts -- against each other.
One of Y&R's most outrageous characters, Sheila Carter Grainger Forrester Warwick (Kimberlin Brown) has switched babies, tried to burn her own mother alive, used paternity results as blackmail, shot people, lived in a mental institution, and escaped from a mental institution by convincing someone to have plastic surgery and take her place. She is currently presumed dead, but in soap world that means nothing -- look for her to menace again! With story lines like that, it's no wonder that Y&R has held the top spot in the ratings war since 1988.