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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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Did You Know?


From 1937 to 1946, the show was set in Five Points, IL, a fictional suburb of Chicago. From 1947 to 1965, it was set in Selby Flats, CA, a fictional suburb of Los Angeles. The action moved to the fictional Springfield, Illinois in 1966. 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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Referenced in A Wedding Story: Josh and Reva (2002) See more »


Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
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I miss Philip
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Grant's portrayal of Phillip over the years was great. I am still holding my breath for the day he come's back to Guiding Light. I know that GL cut a lot of the best cast members last year, but I hope they didn't cut out us fans of the best actors who portrayed not only Phillip Spaulding, but Ross Marler and the cutting back of Rick Bauer, Holly and Blake. Please come back Phillip- I have been a fan of Guiding Light since before you and Rick came back from boarding school and Rick changed his name. Grant, you are greatly missed, as is the character you portrayed, it is not just my hope, but that of my mother's and sister's that you come back soon. You are fondly missed, and we can't wait till you walk into the board room of Spaulding, unannounced and get into it with Allen. The story line for your return could be the best GL has had in years.

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