The Year of the Soap continues with good news for GUIDING LIGHT fans. The much-anticipated collection of 20 classic episodes on a new GUIDING LIGHT Classics DVD is finally here. You can order it now at SoapClassics.com or click the banner at the top of the page.
Many of GUIDING LIGHT's all-time favorite actors are included like Charita Bauer, Michael Zaslow, Christopher Bernau, Mart Hulswit, Lisa Brown, Beverlee McKinsey, Jane Elliot, Peter Simon, Robert Newman, Grant Aleksander, Beth Ehlers, Cynthia Watros and Kim Zimmer. Those names just scratch the surface of the beloved actors and characters that appear on these 20 episodes.
Not only is the collection great viewing, it makes a great gift. Demand for this first release will heavily influence whether or not more episodes of GUIDING LIGHT will become available on DVD, and also improve prospects`for other P&G classics.
The collection contains the same four categories that were used on the original AS THE WORLD TURNS Classics DVD, with five episodes chosen for each:
"Secrets and Scandals"
"Villains and Vixens"
"Springfield Through the Years"
Full details on the episodes below:
Disc 1: Great Weddings
Over the course of 72 years, Guiding Light featured almost every type of wedding imaginable. This disc contains five of the best, starring some of the most beloved couples in the history of the series.
Episode 1: August 18, 1981
Kelly Nelson Marries Morgan Richards
A beautiful ceremony at Laurel Falls is juxtaposed with a the non-wedding of Nola and Floyd.
Episode 2: June 24, 1983
Quinton Chamberlain Marries Nola Reardon
Nola arrives to the church on a fire truck. The Musketeers round out the action.
Episode 3: July 18, 1989
Title: Joshua Lewis Marries Reva Shayne
The Shayne and Lewis families return to Cross Creek for an outdoor ceremony.
Episode 4: August 19, 2005
Title: Gus Aitoro Marries Harley Cooper
After four years, Gus and Harley are married after Rick tells Harley he exhumed Phillip's body.
Episode 5: September 14, 2009
Billy Lewis Marries Vanessa Chamberlain / Buzz Cooper Marries Lillian Raines
A double wedding during the final week of the show features Lillian taking a trip to Maureen's grave and Nola blowing a goodbye kiss to Company.
Disc 2: Secrets and Scandals.
Episode 1: July 27, 1981
The Many Sins of Nola Reardon
Kelly lets Nola have it after finally learning the truth about her baby.
Episode 2: July 12, 1982
And Carrie Makes Three
Word spreads around Springfield that Jackie's plane crashed and she is dead. Sara worries about Carrie's mental state. Jane Elliot was wonderful as all the Carries.
Episode 3: August 29, 1983
The Truth About Phillip
At Mindy's 18th birthday party, Bradley reveals to Phillip he is a Marler. Phillip blasts Justin and Alan.
Episode 4: January 11, 1993
Husbands, Friends, and Lovers.
Ed finds Maureen at the cabin leading to an intense confrontation. Harley and Mallet are visiting the Vietnam Memorial in D.C.
Episode 5: October 18, 2002
The Springfield Ex-Wives Club
Joan Collins stars as Alexandra who reunites Phillip's ex-wives for a board meeting.
Disc 3: Springfield Through the Years
Episode 1: December 23, 1983
Beth and Phillip get help from Nick while on the run in New York, while Springfield celebrates Christmas back home.
Episode 2: July 3, 1987
The 50th Anniversary
In the fifth of five special 50th Anniversary episodes, the Bauer Barbecue continues after Alan-Michael parachutes in. Ed Bryce returns at the end to pay tribute to Charita Bauer (great flashbacks and a Kassie DePaiva song included).
Episode 3: November 3, 1992
Ross has a dream about the women in his life while awaiting election results.
Episode 4: September 7, 2006
The 15,000th Episode
Reva dreams of a "Bizarro Springfield".
Episode 5:January 25, 2007
The 70th Anniversary Show
Beth Ehlers is brilliant as Irna Phillips and the cast recreates the show's early decades.
Disc 4: Villains and Vixens
Episode 1: April 1, 1980
On the Trail of Roger Thorpe
It's the end of the line for Roger in Santo Domingo, while back in Springfield Bert prays for God to save her sons.
Episode 2: July 30, 1984
The Fountain of Truth
"The Slut of Springfield" scene is included while Beth and Alexandra worry about Lujack.
Episode 3: December 30, 1988
Solita and Reva battle it out with each one getting the upper hand at times.
Episode 4: July 12, 1991
Payback is a Bitch
Alexandra humiliates Roger at the Country Club.
Episode 5:January 26, 1998
Annie’s Wedding From Hell
Annie and Alan's wedding is interrupted, thanks to Reva.
NOTE: If you have a question about which characters appear on an episode, let us know. For this first collection we were working with episodes from October 1979 to September 2009. I tried to include as many eras and characters as possible on this initial set.
You can watch a free episode online now at soapclassics.com from August 26, 1983. Bradley Raines unloads on Phillip, moments after Phillip and Beth finally declare their love. What an amazing Friday show that was! The following Monday appears on the new DVD set.
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