The Guiding Light - CBS - 6/30/1952 - 9/18/2009

Daytime Melodrama (Soap Opera) (18,262 episodes - including radio)

Locale: Town of Springfield

Running Time:

  • 15 minutes (1952 - 1968) (shared half hour with “Search For Tomorrow”)
  • 30 Minutes (1968-1977)
  • 60 Minutes (1977-2009)

Began broadcasting in Color 9/11/1967

Original Cast:

  • Theo Goetz - Frederick “Papa” Bauer
  • Charita Bauer - Bertha “Bert” Bauer
  • Ed Begley - Rev. Dr. Paul Keeler
  • Herbert Nelson - Joe Roberts
  • Lyle Sudrow - Bill Bauer
  • Helen Wagner - Trudy Bauer Palmer
  • Anne Burr - Gloria LaRue Harper

The series is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running drama in television and radio history, running from 1937 to 2009 (57 years television and 15 years radio. 

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