Guiding Light (TV Series 1952–2009) Poster



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The Cradle Will Fall (1983) (TV Movie)
this movie takes place in the Springfield hospital and features GL actors in their roles from the series

Referenced in 

To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 2 December 1958 (1958) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the questioning of contestant Irna Phillips, a writer for the series.
The Munsters: Herman, the Master Spy (1965) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Herman
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Beatrice asks Nanny Annie if she is interested in watching the soap opera
Kojak: A Grave Too Soon (1976) (TV Episode)
Kojak mentions soap opera by name
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Don Rickles/Ray Bradbury/Cheryl Ladd (1978) (TV Episode)
Johnny reads plot recaps of several soap operas
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Bob Hope/Argus Hamilton/Seven Lovelies from 'B.J. and the Bear' (1981) (TV Episode)
Linda McCullough mentions her former role on the series
Roseanne: Suck Up or Shut Up (1994) (TV Episode)
Dan confesses to being a "Guiding Light" man.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: As the Will Turns (1995) (TV Episode)
Will: "I've got to follow my guiding light"
Will & Grace: Object of My Rejection (1999) (TV Episode)
When Will asks Rosario where Jack works, she replies "He's on The Guiding Light!"
Big Wolf on Campus: Apocalypse Soon (2000) (TV Episode)
Dean refers to the series.
A Wedding Story: Josh and Reva (2002) (TV Movie)
this talks about the characters past history
That '70s Show: Ramble On (2002) (TV Episode)
Kitty becomes upset when she can't get the remote to turn over to The Guiding Light.
Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) (TV Episode)
The O.C.: The Rivals (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by characters
Law & Order: Profile - Jesse L. Martin (2004) (Video)
Martin mentions his stint on Guiding Light
Entourage: Entourage (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Malcolm in the Middle: Buseys Run Away (2004) (TV Episode)
Hal, acknowledging the progress the dim-witted bodybuilders have made: "Who's taping 'Guiding Light' and watching it with dinner? I know who..."
Late Show with David Letterman: Ray Romano/Dave Matthews Band (2005) (TV Episode)
Excerpts are shown of Bob Borden's acting on the show, as a guard.
Nip/Tuck: Momma Boone (2005) (TV Episode)
"Anyone ever tell you you look like Damon on Guiding Light?"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.38 (2008) (TV Episode)
Included in a $4,000 question
Life on Mars: Let All the Children Boogie (2009) (TV Episode)
Ray says Sam's presence has made life more like it
Soap: Wie is er niet groot mee geworden? (2009) (TV Movie)
Briefly mentioned in a history overview
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.129 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $8,000 question
Saturday Night Live: Zac Efron/Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2009) (TV Episode)
Cancelation of this soap opera mentioned on Weekend Update
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.53 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,600 clue in the category "2009 TV Farewells"
The Cleveland Show: Buried Pleasure (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2011) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Laura Wright in her speech.
Dirty Soap: Guiding Fight (2011) (TV Episode)
title reference
Cynthia Watros Gets Lost: Episode #1.1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Cynthia Watros reminds her agent she won an Emmy for "Guiding Light."
Soap Life (2012)
Subject of Documentary
More One Life to Live: Episode #1.3 (2013) (TV Episode)
Leslie Miller mentions that Jerry Verdorn was on "Guiding Light"
More One Life to Live: Episode #1.9 (2013) (TV Episode)
a message from Agnes Nixon mentions that she had once been head writer for the show
Cynthia Watros Gets Lost: The Lost Episode (2013) (TV Episode)
The customer mentions he used to watch "Guiding Light" when he was in prison.
30 for 30: The Price of Gold (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Tony Kornheiser.
Mad Men: The Monolith (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Lost River (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kerry Washington/Jesse Tyler Ferguson/Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jesse Tyler Ferguson after Jimmy says that he used to be a soap opera fan
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Colin Farrell/Matt Bomer/Maria Bartiromo (2015) (TV Episode)
Matt Bomer talks about his season on the series

Featured in 

The 25th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
Clips shown of nominnes.
The 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards (1999) (TV Special)
Clips from series shown as nominees announced.
The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1999) (TV Special)
About Schmidt (2002)
On TV in Warrn's bedroom
A Wedding Story: Josh and Reva (2002) (TV Movie)
this profiles the wedding of its two main characters
Biography: All My Children (2003) (TV Episode)
Shots from an old black and white episode of this show are used to give a background to soaps in General.
Sherrybaby (2006)
The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2006) (TV Special)
Clips were shown
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Nominee clips.
The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Nominee clips.
The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Nominee clips, and clips shown during tribute.
The Help (2011)
Missus Walters (and the audience) watches the program's opening titles on TV.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.96 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay shows a clip of Kevin Bacon on the show, trying to get Morgan into a club

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition: Episode #2.2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Spoofed by Seth, Amy, and Megan Fox in a segment after a news story about the cancellation of "The Guiding Light"

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