History Series / GuidingLight

28th Aug '17 1:20:21 PM bubzilla
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** Cass Winthrop from Guiding Light made a few appearances.
28th Aug '17 1:18:17 PM bubzilla
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* BigBad: Many over the years, but the most enduring (while not completely evil) are Alan Spaulding and Roger Thorpe.
4th Aug '17 2:10:02 AM StevieWillShowYou
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SoapOpera [[OlderThanTelevision that began on NBC radio]] on January 25, 1937. It moved to CBS radio in 1947, then to television in 1952. Originally ''The Guiding Light'', it was shortened to ''Guiding Light'' in 1975. In April 2009, it was announced that it would end its run in [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/02/guiding.light.canceled/index.html September 2009]] and the show indeed ended on September 18, 2009 as scheduled -- after a mind-boggling 18,262 episodes.

The single most important thing about ''Guiding Light'' is that it may be the longest recorded narrative in the entire history of mankind. It has produced a total of about 18 continuous months' worth of narrative material (both audio and video). That is, if you listened to/watched the show, from the beginning, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly a year and a half to get through it all.

With all that said, you may be curious as to what the show's about. That isn't going to be so easy. Inspired by creator Irna Phillips' nights listening to a radio preacher, it began as a character study of Chicago-based Reverend John Ruthledge and his {{foil}}, the pessimistic Ellis Smith. Succeeding preachers, all with the Ruthledge name, have carried on the work of their progenitor. The 50s saw the families move to the L.A. area, where focus shifted to the Bauers (no relation to [[Series/TwentyFour Jack]]), a clan of German immigrants who believed staunchly in the American dream. Filling in for cranky Ellis Smith is Bertha "Bert" Miller, a materialistic harridan who opposes the Bauers' work ethic at every turn. The Bauer family would eventually become the tentpoles of the series from here on out.

The 60s brought forth a couple of minority actors (including a pre-fame Billy Dee Williams) and a host of contemporary issues. Without any fanfare, the show was teleported back the midwest, with "Los Angeles" retconned into "Springfield, U.S.A"-- your standard, all-purpose midwest locale (which should be familiar to anyone who's watched American soaps). Nothing so earth-shattering occurred over the course of the 70s, apart from the show's patriarch, Bill Bauer, being ''very'' [[DeaderThanDead thoroughly killed off]] and then mysteriously resurrected. The eighties were... more tumultuous (complete with a disco intro sequence....in 1981): The aging Bauer clan and the working-class Reardons took a backseat to a younger, hornier cast, though they would make a comeback in the 90's.

Like most soaps during that period, the storylines got [[KudzuPlot a bit more tangled and outrageous]], though nothing anywhere near the realm of ''[[Series/DaysOfOurLives Days]]''[='=] cloak-and-dagger intrigue--at least not yet (about the craziest thing to happen on GL was a multiple-personality diagnosis). The last years of the show's life were rocky, despite an extensive retool and modernization of the Springfield sets. Four of the veteran players, including the oldest living Bauer (Dr. Ed Bauer), were retconned into accessories to murder [[CerebusRetcon way back into the 1970]]s, when they were still straight-laced young men. The new millennium was now upon us, along with rapes, mobsters, psychics, and ghosts galore. Despite fan discontentment and the outright revolt of one actor, the show eventually did come back to earth and tidy everything up with a bow.

However, this being a daytime SoapOpera, not all of this narrative material is known to exist. Not much survives from the radio years, or the first 25 years or so of its TV incarnation, and what does exist is in the form of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinescope kinescopes]] and [[MissingEpisode home video recordings]] (and vinyls, in the case of the radio years).

For a more detailed look at the show's run, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiding_Light the Other Wiki has you covered.]]

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''Guiding Light'' was a SoapOpera [[OlderThanTelevision that began on NBC radio]] on the 25th of January 25, 1937. It 1937, moved to CBS radio in 1947, then to television in 1952. Originally titled ''The Guiding Light'', it was shortened to ''Guiding Light'' in 1975. In April 2009, it was announced that it would end its run in [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/02/guiding.light.canceled/index.html The show ended on the 18th of September 2009]] and the show indeed ended on September 18, 2009 as scheduled -- after a mind-boggling 18,262 episodes.

The single most important thing about ''Guiding Light'' is that it may be the longest recorded continuous narrative in ''in the entire history of mankind. It has produced a total of about 18 continuous months' worth of narrative material (both audio and video). That is, if mankind''. If you listened to/watched wanted to experience the show, entire show from the beginning, 24 hours beginning to end, and you could do so on a day, it 24-hours-a-day schedule with no breaks, you would take nearly a year and a half need around ''eighteen months'' to get through it all.

all. With all that said, you may be curious as to what the show's show is about. That isn't Recapping that is not going to be so easy. an easy task, but damned if we won't try.

Inspired by creator Irna Phillips' nights listening to a radio preacher, it ''The Guiding Light'' began as a character study of Chicago-based Reverend John Ruthledge and his {{foil}}, the pessimistic Ellis Smith. Succeeding preachers, all with the Ruthledge name, have carried on the work of their progenitor. The 50s 1950s (and the transition to television) saw the families move to the L.A. Los Angeles area, where the focus shifted to the Bauers (no relation to [[Series/TwentyFour Jack]]), a clan of German immigrants who believed staunchly in the American dream. Filling in for cranky Ellis Smith is Bertha "Bert" Miller, a materialistic harridan who opposes the Bauers' work ethic at every turn. The Bauer family would eventually become the tentpoles of the series from here on out.

The 60s 1960s brought forth a couple of minority actors (including a pre-fame Billy Dee Williams) and a host of contemporary issues. Without any fanfare, the show was teleported back returned to the midwest, with "Los Angeles" retconned into "Springfield, U.S.A"-- A" -- your standard, all-purpose midwest locale (which should be familiar to anyone who's who has watched American soaps). Nothing so earth-shattering occurred over the course of the 70s, 1970s, apart from the show's patriarch, Bill Bauer, being ''very'' [[DeaderThanDead thoroughly killed off]] and then mysteriously resurrected. The eighties were... 1980s were...more tumultuous (complete with a disco intro sequence....sequence -- in 1981): The aging Bauer clan and the working-class Reardons took a backseat to a younger, hornier cast, though they would make a comeback in the 90's.

1990s.

Like most soaps soap operas during that period, the storylines got [[KudzuPlot a bit more tangled and outrageous]], though nothing anywhere near the realm of ''[[Series/DaysOfOurLives Days]]''[='=] Days of Our Lives]]''[='=] cloak-and-dagger intrigue--at intrigue -- at least not yet (about yet. (About the craziest thing to happen on GL ''Guiding Light'' was a multiple-personality diagnosis). diagnosis.) The last years of the show's life were rocky, despite an extensive retool and modernization of the Springfield sets. Four of the veteran players, including the oldest living Bauer (Dr. Ed Bauer), were retconned into accessories to a murder that happened [[CerebusRetcon way back into the 1970]]s, when they were still straight-laced young men. The new millennium was now upon us, along with rapes, mobsters, psychics, and ghosts galore. Despite fan discontentment outcry and the outright revolt of one actor, the show eventually did come back to earth and earth, if just so it could tidy everything up with a bow.

However, this being
bow for the Grand Finale.

Since ''Guiding Light'' was
a daytime SoapOpera, not all of this the material that makes up the exhaustive narrative material is known to exist. Not much survives survived from either the radio years, years or the first 25 years or so of its the TV incarnation, and series; what does exist is in the form of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinescope kinescopes]] and kinescopes]], [[MissingEpisode home video recordings]] (and vinyls, in recordings]], and (in the case of the radio years).

years) vinyls.

For a far more detailed look at the show's run, entire run of the series, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guiding_Light the Other Wiki has you covered.]]]]



!!This show provides examples of:
* ArtifactTitle: The title referred to a lamp in the preacher's study during the radio years. Over time that plot point was dropped, but the title remained.
** The title later was retooled, however, to reference the town's lighthouse, which also was featured as part of the CreditsMontage for many years (and became a plot point in a number of episodes).

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!!This show provides examples of:

!! ''Guiding Light'' includes the following tropes:

* ArtifactTitle: The title referred to a lamp in the preacher's study during the radio years. study. Over time time, that plot point was dropped, but the title remained.
** The title was later was retooled, however, retooled to reference the town's lighthouse, which was also was featured as part of the CreditsMontage for many years (and and became a plot point in a number of episodes).episodes.
8th Jul '17 1:11:12 PM DrOO7
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* {{Crossover}}: Michael Baldwin of ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' made a brief appearance, indicating that the two shows are in the same universe.
7th Jul '17 8:45:43 PM DrOO7
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* JerkassHasAPoint: While being forced to admit that she framed Reva for killing her baby, Annie truthfully points out that ''she'' was the one who brought Josh out of the HeroicBSOD he had been in for years since Reva's "death", and the thanks she got was to be relentlessly jerked around and eventually dumped--while pregnant, no less--as soon as Reva came back from the dead. Is it any wonder that she snapped and sought to get revenge on them?
** Shortly after that, she trashes their beloved family cabin, repeatedly screaming, "You '''''never''''' gave us a chance!" Despite being completely off the deep end by this point, she's absolutely right.


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** A glaring example had four male characters discussing something horrible they'd done 25 years prior. Problem is, one of the men wasn't even in the cast 25 years prior, and viewers who'd been watching the show back then immediately said that no such horrible incident had occurred at that time.
12th Feb '17 5:04:07 AM Morgenthaler
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The single most important thing about ''GuidingLight'' is that it may be the longest recorded narrative in the entire history of mankind. It has produced a total of about 18 continuous months' worth of narrative material (both audio and video). That is, if you listened to/watched the show, from the beginning, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly a year and a half to get through it all.

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The single most important thing about ''GuidingLight'' ''Guiding Light'' is that it may be the longest recorded narrative in the entire history of mankind. It has produced a total of about 18 continuous months' worth of narrative material (both audio and video). That is, if you listened to/watched the show, from the beginning, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly a year and a half to get through it all.
12th Dec '16 6:22:54 PM tenryufan
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* MilestoneCelebration: For the show's 70th Anniversary on 1/25/07, the cast recreated the events that led to the show's first episode in 1937. In addition, the poem stated above was used to open every episode from 1/07-2/25/08.
21st Oct '16 3:14:11 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Could sometimes branch into TheyJustDidntCare, as the show once gave Alan Michael flashbacks of his childhood in the Spaulding mansion, - even though he was introduced as an eighteen-year-old man crashing a party to ''introduce'' himself to Alan.
19th Apr '16 12:35:36 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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With all that said, you may be curious as to what the show's about. That isn't going to be so easy. Inspired by creator Irna Phillips' nights listening to a radio preacher, it began as a character study of Chicago-based Reverend John Ruthledge and his {{foil}}, the pessimistic Ellis Smith. Succeeding preachers, all with the Ruthledge name, have carried on the work of their progenitor. The 50s saw the families move to the L.A. area, where focus shifted to the Bauers (no relation to Jack), a clan of German immigrants who believed staunchly in the American dream. Filling in for cranky Ellis Smith is Bertha "Bert" Miller, a materialistic harridan who opposes the Bauers' work ethic at every turn. The Bauer family would eventually become the tentpoles of the series from here on out.

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With all that said, you may be curious as to what the show's about. That isn't going to be so easy. Inspired by creator Irna Phillips' nights listening to a radio preacher, it began as a character study of Chicago-based Reverend John Ruthledge and his {{foil}}, the pessimistic Ellis Smith. Succeeding preachers, all with the Ruthledge name, have carried on the work of their progenitor. The 50s saw the families move to the L.A. area, where focus shifted to the Bauers (no relation to Jack), [[Series/TwentyFour Jack]]), a clan of German immigrants who believed staunchly in the American dream. Filling in for cranky Ellis Smith is Bertha "Bert" Miller, a materialistic harridan who opposes the Bauers' work ethic at every turn. The Bauer family would eventually become the tentpoles of the series from here on out.
5th Dec '15 6:23:39 AM hamonrye
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Like most soaps during that period, the storylines got [[KudzuPlot a bit more tangled and outrageous]], though nothing anywhere near the realm of ''[[Series/DaysOfOurLives Days]]''[='=] cloak-and-dagger intrigue--at least not yet (about the craziest thing to happen on GL was a multiple-personality diagnosis). The last years of the show's life were rocky, despite an extensive retool and modernization of the Springfield sets. Four of the veteran players, including the oldest living Bauer (Dr. Ed Bauer), were retconned into accessories to murder way back into the 1970s, when they were still straight-laced young men. The new millennium was now upon us, along with rapes, mobsters, psychics, and ghosts galore. Despite fan discontentment and the outright revolt of one actor, the show eventually did come back to earth and tidy everything up with a bow.

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Like most soaps during that period, the storylines got [[KudzuPlot a bit more tangled and outrageous]], though nothing anywhere near the realm of ''[[Series/DaysOfOurLives Days]]''[='=] cloak-and-dagger intrigue--at least not yet (about the craziest thing to happen on GL was a multiple-personality diagnosis). The last years of the show's life were rocky, despite an extensive retool and modernization of the Springfield sets. Four of the veteran players, including the oldest living Bauer (Dr. Ed Bauer), were retconned into accessories to murder [[CerebusRetcon way back into the 1970s, 1970]]s, when they were still straight-laced young men. The new millennium was now upon us, along with rapes, mobsters, psychics, and ghosts galore. Despite fan discontentment and the outright revolt of one actor, the show eventually did come back to earth and tidy everything up with a bow.
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