The CBS soap opera, "The Young and the Restless," has been on the air for 42 years, as of 2015. The first episode aired on March 26, 1973, and since then over 10,000 episodes have been broadcast. The show has appeared at number one in the Nielsen ratings in the daytime drama category since 1988.
William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell created "The Young and the Resless" in 1972 in order to compete with ABC soap operas, such as "All My Children" and "General Hospital." William J. Bell served as the show's head writer and executive producer until his retirement in 1998. In 1992, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the show, and Lee Phillip Bell received one in 2007 for his role as the show's co-creator.
Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow, Peter Bergman and Sharon Case have all appeared in over 2,000 episodes of "The Young and the Restless." Davidson has played the role of Paul Williams since 1978, appearing in over 2,600 episodes, and Bergman has won outstanding lead actor in a drama series at the Daytime Emmy Awards three times. The show as a whole has won over 100 Daytime Emmys.