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.