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Guiding Light 

The Guiding Light (original title)
This show took place in the fictional Midwestern town of Springfield and centered on the middle class Bauer family.


Irna Phillips
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Series cast summary:
Kim Zimmer ...  Reva Shayne / ... 1,759 episodes, 1983-2009
Beth Chamberlin ...  Beth Raines / ... 1,514 episodes, 1989-2009
Maureen Garrett Maureen Garrett ...  Holly Norris / ... 1,085 episodes, 1976-2009


This show took 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.

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Life happens here.


Drama | Romance


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According to the memoir of Agnes Nixon, a long-time head writer for this show, in the early 1960s, she wrote a storyline featuring the character of Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) surrounding early detection of uterine cancer with a Pap test after she lost a friend to cancer. Executives of the show were outraged, but Nixon stood her ground. She was eventually granted permission to write the storyline, but was forbidden from using the words cancer, uterus, or hysterectomy in her scripts. The story, the first involving cancer on television, resonated with millions of women, who, after watching the show, scheduled Pap tests. See more »


Rick: I'm pregnant! I'm pregnant! Well, I'm not. My wife is. I'm just overweight.
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Written and Performed by Fawn (II) and Vincent Covello
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User Reviews

Sharpen the Ax or Load the Gun!!!
11 September 2008 | by BrockLongSee all my reviews

This show currently is really, really, really (underline and bold the word "really" to stress my point) BAD!! I watched part of an episode this week and was absolutely shocked by many things: the awful new realistic filming which makes the sets look cheap and the actors less attractive than under set lighting; the poorly written dialog between the actors; the domination of unfamiliar characters (who are all of these Australian sounding actors? where is Harley? Alexandra?); and the current physical appearance of Kim Zimmer (exactly how much weight has the woman gained and who truly believes that a woman of her age could be pregnant?). Also, what's the fascination with gravel driveways and yards for scenes between the characters? The current state of soap operas is not great. Overall ratings are really down. The writing at some of them really could be improved (I'm specifically thinking about As the World Turns and the Bold & the Beautiful). This show, though, is beyond redemption. A horse with a broken leg is often shot to avoid the animal a long-suffering death. Why can't they do something similar with this show and just CANCEL it??? It really is sad that the longest running soap opera now appears to be something produced, written, and filmed by summer interns at a local access television station. My only hope is that the producers and writers or whoever is responsible for the current state of this show NEVER get another position on a daytime show. The hack job that they have done to this show is unforgivable.

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Release Date:

30 June 1952 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

Mono (1952-1987)| Stereo (1987-)


Color (1967-2009)| Black and White (1952-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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