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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 Reva Shayne / ... (590 episodes, 1983-2009)
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 Joshua Lewis / ... (552 episodes, 1981-2009)
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 Susan (508 episodes, 1993-2007)
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 Alan Spaulding / ... (446 episodes, 1994-2009)
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 Lorelei Hills / ... (440 episodes, 1989-2009)
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 Jeffrey O'Neill / ... (396 episodes, 1999-2009)
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 Buzz Cooper / ... (393 episodes, 1992-2009)
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 Lizzie Spaulding / ... (393 episodes, 2006-2009)
Frank Dicopoulos ...
 Frank Cooper / ... (390 episodes, 1987-2009)
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 Olivia Spencer / ... (378 episodes, 1999-2009)
Beth Ehlers ...
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 Marina Cooper / ... (369 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Dinah Marler / ... (368 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 A.C. Mallet / ... (339 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Cassie Winslow / ... (299 episodes, 2005-2008)
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 Daisy Lemay / ... (286 episodes, 2007-2009)
Michael O'Leary ...
 Rick Bauer / ... (280 episodes, 1983-2009)
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 Bill Lewis / ... (267 episodes, 2002-2009)
Jordan Clarke ...
 Billy Lewis / ... (261 episodes, 1983-2009)
Grant Aleksander ...
 Phillip Granville Spaulding / ... (257 episodes, 1983-2009)
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 Cyrus Foley (257 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Natalia Rivera / ... (247 episodes, 2007-2009)
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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, 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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(1952-1968) | (1968-1977) | (1977-2009)

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(1952-1987)| (1987-)

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"The Guiding Light" began on radio, on 25 January 1937, and originally revolved around a minister named Rev. Dr. John Ruthledge (played by Arthur Peterson) and his congregation in Five Points, IL. At 68 years (although on radio it was cancelled by NBC, five times: 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944 and 1946; with audiences having huge letter writing campaigns to have NBC revive it and then was picked up by CBS in 1947), it is the longest running drama series in history. It was on radio and television (the actors/actresses had to perform scripts twice during the day), from June 30, 1952 to June 30, 1956. It is also the only broadcast show to actually be on three networks, NBC would split in two in 1946 (NBC and what would later become ABC; and "The Guiding Light" was on both versions of NBC: NBC Red and NBC Blue) and then went to CBS where it has stayed to today. It also has changed location three times, from 1937 to 1946 it was in Five Points, IL (a fictional suburb of Chicago), then it moved, from 1947 to 1965 to Selby Flats, CA (a fictional suburb of Los Angeles) and then finally to its current location of the fictional Springfield, Illinois in 1966. See more »

Quotes

Frank Achilles 'Buzz' Cooper, Sr.: Change? You changed her? How much? You can't expect her not to be what she is. I mean you can't... you have to live life with your eyes open to what she is. Because if you walk around with your eyes closed, pretending your blind, you know that's like rolling molasses up a sand hill.
Henry Cooper: Molasses up a sand hill? Dad, where do you get this crap?
Frank Achilles 'Buzz' Cooper, Sr.: I'm greek. You know, epic tragedy, we invented it and drama...
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Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Buried Pleasure (2010) See more »

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Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
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Hooked for 10 years
26 February 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen every soap, but from what I have seen, this one can claim the best acting talent around. It's too bad Cynthia Watros (Annie) and Wendy Moniz (Dinah) had to go, They're both gifted actresses. Grant Aleksander (Philip) probably can claim best actor presently. Fortunately, the great cast makes up for some of the plot lines, e.g. Michael the angel, the bizarre cloning of Reva, and now Hart is in this metaphorical fight for life. It'll take a week to decide his fate. Pity the punching bag.


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