Down 58 this week

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

TV Series  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,080 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 1 critic

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 »


0Check in




1   Unknown  
2009   2008   2007   2006   … See all »
103 wins & 442 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

As the World Turns (1956–2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, this long-running serial focuses on the relationships and difficulties of its inhabitants.

Stars: Colleen Zenk, Kelley Menighan Hensley, Don Hastings
The Young and the Restless (TV Series 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Set in Genoa City, Y&R is the long-running soap that tells the story of the struggle behind the business- and sex-savvy Abbott and Newman clans.

Stars: Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden, Joshua Morrow
All My Children (1970–2011)
Drama | Romance | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Set in the fictional East Coast suburb Pine Valley, All My Children is the decades-old, risk-taking soap that centers around Erica Kane and her long line of husbands.

Stars: Cameron Mathison, Michael E. Knight, Alicia Minshew
One Life to Live (1968–2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

One Life to Live premiered in 1968, centering on the lives of the citizens of the fictional town of Llanview, PA. Concentrating on the wealthy Lord family, and the middle-class Woleks and ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson
General Hospital (TV Series 1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Families, close friends, enemies and lovers go through drama and life changing events.

Stars: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst
The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series 1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

The saga of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most importantly, family.

Stars: Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, Susan Flannery
Knots Landing (1979–1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives of the Ewing clan of Dallas, arrive in Knots Landing to make a new home for themselves. However, scheming Abby Fairgate-Cunningham later breaks up their marriage when she seduces Gary.

Stars: Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark
Days of Our Lives (TV Series 1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A chronicle of the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.

Stars: Josh Taylor, Bryan Dattilo, Deidre Hall
Venice the Series (TV Series 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Venice the Series is Co-Created by Crystal Chappell and Kim Turrisi. Venice focuses on the life of Gina Brogno - a single, gay, self-made interior designer - living and working in Venice ... See full summary »

Stars: Nadia Bjorlin, Crystal Chappell, Jordan Clarke
Another World (1964–1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The continuing story of life in the Midwestern town of Bay City, and the love, loss, trials, and triumph of its residents, who come from different backgrounds and social circles. Those who ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Wyndham, Constance Ford, Hugh Marlowe
Dynasty (1981–1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; ... See full summary »

Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
Santa Barbara (1984–1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In Santa Barbara, California, the fascinating and tumultuous life of the rich Capwells around who gravitate other families, from the Lockridges, the rival family, to the Andrades or the ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Uzzell, A Martinez, Marcy Walker


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Life happens here.








Release Date:

30 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guiding Light  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(1952-1987)| (1987-)


(1967-2009)| (1952-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the world longest-running soap opera. See more »


Dinah: Do you know how sick and twisted I am? I'd just like to explain it to you. I have played Princess Cassie for so long that I actually started to believe I was her. That everything she had should be mine. And at the same time, I hated her for taking everything, everything that should be mine in my dream. So being her and hating her is what my life has become. That's who I am. And I didn't see that until last night. And I am nothing without Cassie.
Bill: Stop it. Listen to me. Listen to me. That's the ...
See more »


Referenced in Life on Mars: Let All the Children Boogie (2009) See more »


Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Please watch Guiding Light and Save television history from cancellation!
14 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Guiding Light. In fact last Friday, our CBS affiliate in New York interrupted for "breaking news" within minutes of the show's finale. It's bad enough on a Friday a few minutes before the credits ran. I have watched Guiding Light for 14 years now and I am hooked. This year, CBS will decide it's fate. With only 2 million Nielson viewers, the show could be canceled and replaced with useless television talk shows which are cheaper to make. If Guiding Light and As The World Turns are canceled, daytime television would be in enormous trouble. I remember a time when New York City was the capital of the soaps but now only 4 soaps remain. I was furious with Mayor Giuliani for not preventing the cancellation of Another World in 1999. He did nothing but yet his wife appeared on the show and others as well. If Guiding Light gets canceled, Irna Phillips and Charita Bauer would be turning over in their graves over the loss. I hope CBS makes the right decision! I hope you watch the show for its continuous excellence in acting, writing, and directing. This show deserves to be recognized as a part of American history. Believe me, the Roger and Holly relationship far outweighed any couple on daytime or prime-time television. I love Doug Hutchison's portrayal of the mysterious Sebastian Hulce. I love my veteran performers like Marj Dusay, Ron Raines, Jerry ver Dorn, Maureen Garrett, Beth Ehlers, Frank Dicopoulos. Believe me, there is nothing on prime-time or in the cinema that is like Guiding Light! If you can watch Desperate Housewives, give daytime a try. You just might like it.

21 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who is Lia Yang? Am I the only on who has no idea who she is??? eureka-sjm
Best villains? cmfalf
I miss this show! CowgirlUp94
Favorite GL Weddings Ever!!! princessdiana2
Looking for GL...try OLTL princessdiana2
Reva Dylan and Susan cdon
Discuss Guiding Light (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: