With the passing of The Guiding Light, one of America's oldest soap operas comes to a close. Fortunately, there are other great CBS soap operas with long histories to enjoy.
CBS soap operas have a loyal following. The Guiding Light message boards lit up with the news that the longest-running scripted series in history will officially end its run in September of 2009. Guiding Light started on TV on June 30, 1952, and has run ever since. Before that, it was a radio drama, beginning in 1937. Generations of fans follow each As the World Turns episode and animatedly discuss the recaps online and with their friends. The success of CBS soap operas shows in their longevity and popularity.
Guiding Light followed the interactions of the Spaulding, Lewis and Cooper families, who lived in the fictional town of Springfield. With storylines that included introspection, lots of relationship dramas, deep conversation, honesty and deception, there was plenty to engage viewers over the years. As the series draws to a close, fans will be riveted on the closing episodes and wrap-up of this long-running series.
As the World Turns
As the World Turns first aired in 1956, and is now TV's longest-running soap. Follow the life of the midwestern town of Oakdale, featuring the Munsons and the Hughes and their friends. Expect to see family members vie over an inheritance fortune, have love and jealousy issues, be haunted by the past and deal with health problems. Manipulation, intrigue, and scandal always rock the town of Oakdale.
The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless started airing in 1973. Taking place in Genoa City, the story features the wealthy Abbotts, Newmans and Chancellors, their big businesses, elegant lifestyles and all the intrigue and conflict that comes with them. Scandals, backstabbing, tabloids, crime, missing people and plenty of romance keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
The Bold and the Beautiful
The youngest of the CBS soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, first aired in 1987 and takes place in Beverly Hills, California. Rich and beautiful fashion stars take center stage as they interact with each other, love, defy, deceive and try to cope with the struggles of living in a materialistic world.