Guiding Light (1952–2009)
"The Guiding Light" (original title)

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Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Reva Shayne / ... (1,666 episodes, 1983-2009)
 Beth Raines / ... (1,521 episodes, 1989-2009)
Maureen Garrett ...
 Holly Reade / ... (1,037 episodes, 1976-2009)


Guiding Light takes place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield. In its early years the stories centered on the middle class Bauer family, but later the wealthy Spauldings, Chamberlains, and Lewises, along with the working class Reardons and others, took their own places of prominence, though the Bauers remained the heart of the show. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guiding Light  »

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Technical Specs


(1952-1968) | (1968-1977) | (1977-2009)

Sound Mix:

(1952-1987)| (1987-)


(1967-2009)| (1952-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1990, the Blake/Alan Michael romance was treated as an older woman/younger man affair. In real life, Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael) is two years older than Sherry Stringfield (Blake) See more »


A.C. Mallet: A joke, not that funny. See, that was a joke. Come here. Come here. I asked you to move in with me because I like you. And I like being around you. And I kind of like myself when I'm around you. And I asked you to move in with me because, um... I'm kind of selfish, I just don't want to share you with anybody else. And I asked you to move in with me because I've been alone for a long time, and I'm starting to realize I don't have to be alone. I can share my life with someone. And I would like ...
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.96 (2013) See more »


Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
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Was Great, But Getting Mediocre
6 March 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I first got hooked on this show when I was in high school and I still keep up with it. Unfortunately, it is becoming so repetitive that it is getting boring. Of course, the one person that will keep me coming back to it is Kim Zimmer and her wonderful portrayal of Reva. Reva Shayne probably is the strongest female character on soaps next to Susan Lucci's portrayal of Erica Kane. However, the main beef I have against it is that it now the show is beginning to lose touch with reality and everything has to revolve around some mystery that involves every major family in town. I hope one day that this show will regain its focus and that it will get back to being the great show that it was.

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