The Young and the Restless, always tops in the ratings, is our favorite soap right now here at Soap Cities. We compiled a short list about why this is so. Tell us if you dis/agree, dear readers!
#1. Slow and Steady
Sally Sussman and her team of seasoned, gifted writers are doing a remarkable job pacing each main storyline on the CBS sudser. The drama is coming at a measured pace that gives us time to take it in and appreciate the actors’ performances in their storylines. It makes us feel like the writers are putting a great deal of thought and care into the storytelling, and that the stories are headed somewhere. Also, the writing feels organic, each line and scene following naturally from the one that preceded it.
#2. The Unexpected
From Dina’s (Marla Adams) return to the reemergence of Billy (Jason Thompson) and Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) as a couple, Y&R these days is full of twists and turns that don’t feel forced or inauthentic. We may not like what happens all the time (ahem–Billy and Phyllis), but we still enjoy the ride.
#3. Radical Romance
Genoa City has some inspired and riveting couplings going on right now. First there’s Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and Ravi (Abhi Sinha), who may still be finding their way to each other, but we trust they eventually we will, and we’re loving their romantic journey. Then there’s Nick and Chelsea, whom we are not the biggest fans of, but it’s still fun to watch them together. And who could forget the genius pairing of Mariah (Camryn Grimes) and Devon (Bryton James)?
#4. Corporate Intrigue
Y&R is famous in the soap community for the way it tells stories of the behind-the-scenes wheelings and dealings at Newman and Jabot, and, of course, now the ups and downs at Brash and Sassy too. The show is doing an especially good job of telling these stories without boring us, as is sometimes the case with soap opera mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, and board meetings.
#5. The Adam Tease
We can feel the constant, sweetly painful presence of a gone but not forgotten character we just know is going to make his comeback sooner or later: Adam!
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