Guiding Light

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Guiding Light
GuidingLight2008logo.jpg
Premiere January 25, 1937 (Radio)
June 30, 1952 (TV)
Finale June 29, 1956 (Radio)
September 18, 2009 (TV)
Creator Irna Phillips
Network NBC Radio (1937-1946)
CBS Radio (1947-1956)
CBS (1952-2009)
Style soap opera
15-minute (1937-1968)
30-minute (1968-1977)
60-minute (1977-2009)
Company Procter & Gamble Productions (1952-2008)
TeleNext Media, Inc. (2008-2009)
Filming Location Chicago, Illinois (1937-1947)
Los Angeles, California (1947-1949)
New York City, New York (1949-2009)
Episodes 18,262
Origin USA

Guiding Light was a soap opera that aired on CBS. It remains the longest running soap on US television, having aired for 57 years.

The show began as The Guiding Light in 1937 on the NBC Red radio network and dealt with the trials and tribulations of a small town minister. It graduated to television in 1952, airing on CBS in 15-minute installments. It expanded to 30 minutes in 1968 and a full hour in 1977. In spite of winning over 60 Emmys (daytime edition), the show had been in the ratings cellar over the last twenty years, being bested by ABC's General Hospital. Guiding Light was replaced by a revival of the game show Let's Make a Deal.

Contents

Cast

For a full listing of all cast members, see cast listing


Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
NBC Radio (1937-1946)
Season One (radio) January 25, 1937
Season Two (radio) 1938
Season Three (radio) 1939 October 13, 1939
Season Four (radio) January 22, 1940
Season Five (radio) 1941
Season Six (radio) 1942
Season Seven (radio) 1943
Season Eight (radio) 1944
Season Nine (radio) 1945
Season Ten (radio) 1946 November 29, 1946
CBS Radio (1947-1956)
Season Eleven (radio) June 2, 1947
Season Twelve (radio) 1948
Season Thirteen (radio) 1949
Season Fourteen (radio) 1950
Season Fifteen (radio) 1951
Season Sixteen (radio) 1952
Season Seventeen (radio) 1953
Season Eighteen (radio) 1954
Season Nineteen (radio) 1955
Season Twenty (radio) 1956 June 29, 1956
CBS (1952-2009)
Season One June 30, 1952 December 31, 1952 131
Season Two January 2, 1953
Season Three 1954 December 31, 1954
Season Four 1955
Season Five 1956
Season Six 1957 December 31, 1957
Season Seven January 2, 1958
Season Eight January 2, 1959 December 31, 1959
Season Nine January 4, 1960 December 31, 1960
Season Ten January 2, 1961 December 29, 1961
Season Eleven January 2, 1962 December 31, 1962
Season Twelve January 2, 1963 December 31, 1963
Season Thirteen January 2, 1964 December 31, 1965
Season Fourteen January 4, 1965 December 31, 1965
Season Fifteen January 3, 1966 December 30, 1966
Season Sixteen January 3, 1967 December 29, 1967
Season Seventeen January 2, 1968 December 31, 1968
Season Eighteen January 2, 1969 December 31, 1969
Season Nineteen January 2, 1970 December 31, 1970
Season Twenty January 2, 1971 December 31, 1971
Season Twenty-One January 3, 1972 December 31, 1972
Season Twenty-Two January 2, 1973 December 31, 1973
Season Twenty-Three January 2, 1974 December 31, 1974
Season Twenty-Four January 2, 1975 December 31, 1975
Season Twenty-Five 1976 December 31, 1976
Season Twenty-Six January 3, 1977 December 30, 1977
Season Twenty-Seven January 3, 1978 December 29, 1978
Season Twenty-Eight January 2, 1979
Season Twenty-Nine 1980
Season Thirty 1981
Season Thirty-One January 4, 1982
Season Thirty-Two 1983
Season Thirty-Three 1984
Season Thirty-Four 1985
Season Thirty-Five January 2, 1986
Season Thirty-Six 1987 December 31, 1987
Season Thirty-Seven 1988
Season Thirty-Eight 1989
Season Thirty-Nine January 2, 1990 December 31, 1990
Season Forty 1991
Season Forty-One 1992
Season Forty-Two January 4, 1993
Season Forty-Three 1994
Season Forty-Four 1995 December 31, 1995
Season Forty-Five 1996
Season Forty-Six January 2, 1997
Season Forty-Seven January 2, 1998
Season Forty-Eight January 4, 1999 December 30, 1999
Season Forty-Nine January 3, 2000 December 28, 2000 250
Season Fifty January 2, 2001 December 28, 2001 244
Season Fifty-One January 2, 2002
Season Fifty-Two January 2, 2003
Season Fifty-Three 2004
Season Fifty-Four 2005
Season Fifty-Five 2006
Season Fifty-Six January 2, 2007
Season Fifty-Seven January 2, 2008 December 30, 2008
Season Fifty-Eight January 2, 2009 September 18, 2009 181

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: A listing of characters in the series
  • Crew: A listing of the crew that works on the series

External Sites