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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?


The CBS staff announcer called the show "The Guiding Light" until 1981. It was called "The award-winning Guiding Light" until 1983. See more »


A.C. Mallet: Hey, partner, how is it going, man?
Gus Aitoro: Hey, I've been looking for you. You need to come with me. You've got to help me.
A.C. Mallet: What's the problem?
Gus Aitoro: The problem is you.
A.C. Mallet: [Locks Gus in a jail cell] And now the problem is fixed.
Gus Aitoro: Open the door.
A.C. Mallet: So what did you tell Harley?
Gus Aitoro: Open the door. If you don't open the door, I'm going to beat you senseless.
A.C. Mallet: What was the plan, go down to the courthouse and slip into the hearing room, and then you're going to shoot him in the head in the alleyway?
Gus Aitoro: We are not talking about ...
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Referenced in The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2011) See more »


Die Springfield Story
Written by Ralph Thiekötter & Maik Weppner
Courtesy of Heinz & Klaus Funk, Hamburg
(German version)
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29 March 2001 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

I have watched Guiding Light long enough to know that Kim Zimmer is the most talented actress there is on tv. She is awesome in that she draws viewers into her performance and makes them feel what the character Reva Shayne is feeling. The show is one of the best of all time, the writing is unique and centers around long time Springfield families. Guiding Light is the longest running daytime drama and I think that says a lot about the quality of the show. With actors and actresses like Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Beth Ehlers, Grant Alexander, Jerry ver Dorn and plenty others, the show has just what it needs to be successful for many more years to come!

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