The Young and the Restless

A Critic’s Review Of The Young and the Restless: A Glorious Blast From The Past

The author’s opinions on Y&R are his and his alone. They’re suitably scathing, fairly humorous, and normally bang on target.

the young and the restless critic's review for july 3 – june 7, 2023, three images nicholas, audra, and jack.Nicholas Newman, Audra Charles, and Jack Abbott.

When it comes to The Young and the Restless, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of Y&R’s week that was.

The Young and the Restless: The Critic Offers HIS Take

That episode from 1992 sure was something wasn’t it? The majesty that was Jeanne Cooper [Katherine Chancellor Sterling]. The prized coupling that was Katherine and Rex (Quinn Redeker). Tricia Cast [Nina Webster] front and center. John (Jerry Douglas) and Mamie (Veronica Redd) [sigh!].

Jill (Jess Walton). Jill and Blade (played by the late Michael Tylo, remember him?). Ashley #2. Brad (Don Diamont). Brad in a speedo [just the way we like Brad]. Firebrand Victoria Rowell [Drucilla Barber Winters]. Gina (Patty Weaver)! That hunk a hunka Beau Kazer [Brock Reynolds]. Nate in utero. A good old-fashioned singsong.

Then there were the sets. The glorious plethora of sets so wide in scope and varied. And the classic music cues. And the, at times sensitive, at times sensual, always unfailingly skillful directing.

And how ironic it was that the retro airing included, amongst its many plot points, Katherine desperate to connect with little Phillip — AKA Chance (Conner Floyd) — who, later in the week, suffered the indignity of handing over the run of the Chancellor mansion to his ex-wife and the man that she slept with while still Mrs. Chancellor.

And sure, one could argue that Devon (Bryton James) — clearly a pet favorite of the incumbent head writer — has just as much right to the abode as Chance, but does he DESERVE it? I’ll leave that for you to decide and debate amongst yourselves. I know my answer.

I’m also anxiously awaiting reactions from Nina and Jill [you know, the woman who actually OWNS the property and should be the one deciding who lives there and who doesn’t.].

Further Y&R Musings

* As I have mentioned in this column before, games of executive shuffle and change of address do not make for stirring drama, especially when you’ve conditioned your audience to not invest much in such moves. They’re there one day [whether it’s a penthouse apartment or the CEO’s office] and gone the next.

* Ashley (Eileen Davidson) and Tucker (Trevor St. John) continue to smolder and make me snicker. Can Tucker please, please, please do his impression of Jack (Peter Bergman) once a week?

* Here’s a pitch: Chloe Mitchelle (Elizabeth Hendrickson) for Creative Director at Marchetti.

The Young and the Restless airs weekdays on CBS. For more about what’s coming up in Genoa City, check out all the latest Y&R spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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