Cast of first season
The cast from the first seasons. Courtesy CBS

The 8,000th episode of the CBS daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” will air Friday at 12:30 p.m. on CBS.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” premiered on March 23, 1987. John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang have been with the series for its entire run.

Lang is among three actresses on the series whose real-life babies or children portray their fictional children, along with Lauren Koslow and Heather Tom.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is billed by CBS as “the most-watched daytime drama in the world,” with approximately 35 million people in more than 100 countries watching every day. It is the only daytime drama to simulcast in Spanish.

The series is set in Los Angeles and “tells the compelling story of high fashion, glamour, honor, romance, passion and, most importantly, family,” according to the network.

“It’s astonishing to look at the script we’re working on today and see episode 8,000,” said 13-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell, whose parents created the series.

“The 8,000th episode is classic `The Bold and the Beautiful’ drama. The story centers around an event so profound, it sends shockwaves throughout the lives of the Forresters, Spencers, Avants, Spectras and Logans for years to come.”

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