It just doesn't seem possible. For months, we've been hoping and wishing that somehow this week would never come ... but here it is. And somehow we have to prepare ourselves to say goodbye when TV and radio's longest-running drama airs its final episode this Friday, September 18th.
The Guiding Light (as it was originally titled) was created by Irna Phillips and debuted as an NBC radio serial on January 15, 1937. It moved to CBS television in 1952 and existed on both radio and TV for four years. In 1967, the show was first broadcast in color, expanding from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to a full hour in 1977.
Through the decades, Guiding Light evolved with changing times but always focused on family relationships. Engaging, multi-layered episodes told the stories of Springfield's Bauer, Lewis, Spaulding, Marler, and Cooper (and many more) clans, the characters becoming so familiar that we almost felt like we knew them. Or at least we could see some bit of ourselves in their complex, and often flawed, personalities.
It's difficult to imagine this daytime institution, so rich in history and so much a part of our daily lives suddenly going dark. We're incredibly sad about it, but at the same time grateful that we got to share in the Light for so many years.
The final episode looming near, we put together a retrospective slideshow celebrating all of our favorite characters and storylines. We hope this trip down memory lane brings back all of your most precious GL memories -- take a look at Part 1 here! Then, check out Part 2 here ...
How do you think the finale should play out?