‘The Young and the Restless’ Celebrates 50th Anniversary on CBS March 27

'The Young and the Restless' 50th anniversary cast portrait
Current ’The Young and the Restless’ cast members pose for a 50th anniversary portrait. (Image credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS)

CBS will premiere The Young and the Restless 50th Anniversary Celebration in primetime Monday, March 27. Entertainment Tonight is behind the hour-long special, which will also be on Paramount Plus. Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight correspondent, will host. 

The special includes footage and interviews with cast members from the past 50 years, and what CBS calls never-before-seen moments from the ET vault.

“The special dives deep into the legacy of Y&R storylines over the years, including the epic romances, biggest feuds and rivalries, iconic weddings, famous alumni and groundbreaking moments in pop culture,” CBS added. 

There will also be remembrances for former cast members Jeanne Cooper, who died in 2013, and Kristoff St. John, who died in 2019.

The show premiered in 1973. It revolves around three families, and their rivalries, romances, dreams and fears, in the fictional Midwestern metropolis of Genoa City. CBS said The Young and the Restless has been the No. 1 daytime drama for 33 years. 

William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell created the show. 

Season 50 begins March 22. 

Nischelle Turner also hosts Secret Celebrity Renovation on CBS. ■

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.