Guiding Light

Guiding Light

Guiding Light premiered on June 30, 1952 on the CBS network in the United States. The series was created by Irna Phillips and Emmons Carlson.

The series is the world's longest running daytime drama serial and aired on the radio for fifteen years before its television debut. The Bauer family have been on the series from the beginning.

On January 25, 1937 Guiding Light's first episode aired with rave reviews. Originally this radio show was called "The Guiding Light" and featured German-Jewish immigrants trying to achieve the American Dream. Reverend John Ruthledge gave the immigrants hope of a new life in America. On the desk near his window, the minister placed an old lantern, a “guiding light” to those parishioners passing in the cold, hopeless night. From Guiding Lights earliest days, family bonding has played a large role in the series. To both the Coopers and the Spauldings, family life was a very precious thing.

In an attempt to reach more viewers Guiding Light has revamped their theme song, and the first portion of the show is broadcast in wide-screen. Many younger characters have been cast on the show in an attempt improve ratings and attract younger viewers. Cancellation rumors have been spreading about the show for over the past decade.

Many have objected to a perceived shift in characters actions such as Beth's marriage to Alan. In fact, since Beth arrived on the show in the early 80's this has been the most dramatic development for the character.

Episode Info

Final: 58x57 -- Ep. #15762 (Sep/18/2009)

Alex prepares to leave town to go on trip with Fletcher. Mindy tells Billy that she has decided to stay in Springfield. Josh tells Reva about his plans to build a new wing on the H.B. Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma. Josh asks Reva to meet him at the lighthouse one year from today. Doris manages to get her daughter admitted into Berkeley with Daisy. Doris legally marries Remy and Christina. Blake and Frank finally discover that they have been talking to one another on line. Maureen sets her father up on a date. The action moves onto one year into the future. Remy and Christina have a son named Clayton. Blake and Frank are still together and Natalia has given birth to a daughter which has been named Francesca. Lizzie is pregnant. Rick and Mindy are engaged and to be married the next day. Mallet and Dinah are revealed as being together in Europe. Reva meets Josh at the lighthouse and they are reunited before leaving with Colin in his truck.
Grant AleksanderGrant Aleksander
As Phillip Spaulding #2 (1982-1984; 1987-1991; 1996-2005, 2009)
Murray BartlettMurray Bartlett
As Cyrus Foley (2007-2009)
Rob BogueRob Bogue
As A.C. Mallet #2 (2005-2009)
E.J. BonillaE.J. Bonilla
As Raphael 'Rafe' Rivera (2007-2009)
Jeff BransonJeff Branson
As Shayne Lewis (2008-2009)
Mandy BrunoMandy Bruno
As Marina Cooper Mallet #6 (2004-2009)
Crystal ChappellCrystal Chappell
As Olivia Spencer Lewis Spaulding (1999-2009)
Jordan ClarkeJordan Clarke
As Tim Ryan/Harlan Billy Lewis II #1 (1974-77 (as Tim)/83-87, 89-93, 96, 98, 99-2009)
Bradley ColeBradley Cole
As Richard Winslow/Jeffrey O'Neill (1999-02(as Richard)2003-2009(as Jeffrey)
Zach ConroyZach Conroy
As James Spaulding (2009)

view full cast list, character guides


Reviews: 1
new sucksRating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes

go back the old way where we can start watching guiding light this new filming is so bad. the actors are so good but they need to get off the show and go to another one because this show is bad filming. looks like a kid is operating a camcorder Read more

Review posted on Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 4:28 pm

1 review available
Latest News

There are no news items yet
Recurring Guests

Beth Chamberlin as Beth Raines (250 eps)
Orlagh Cassidy as D.A. Doris Wolfe (159 eps)
Tina Sloan as Lillian Raines (139 eps)
Marj Dusay as Alex Spaulding (103 eps)
Maeve Kinkead as Vanessa Reardon (96 eps)
Elizabeth Keifer as Blake Marler (84 eps)
Kurt McKinney as Matt Reardon (79 eps)
Jacqueline Tsirkin as Emma Spaulding (75 eps)
Yvonna Kopacz Wright as Dr. Mel Boudreau (65 eps)
Miles Williams as R.J. Winslow (58 eps)

View All Recurring Guests
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Soaps
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 03:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: June 30, 1952
Ended: September 18, 2009
• The Guiding Light (Original Title)
There currently is no editor for this guide..
Click here to apply if you want to be the editor