Guiding Light: From The Beginning - The 1990s.Thursday, September 17 2009
The 1990s opened with Reva killing herself and Guiding Light swiftly changed style. The first half of the decade marked a return to more realistic and slightly more subdued storytelling, going out of its way to avoid the tendencies which marked the years of Pamela Long and Reva. With Roger Thorpe back in the fold, the series concentrated more on the Spaulding and Cooper families, expanding both of them again, and even bringing Meta Bauer back into storylines. The decade also saw the inclusion of major African-American characters. It was the time when Buzz came to town, when Alan-Michael and Phillip battled for the business and Blake made mischief.
The decade saw them take on sexual harassment, post-partum depressions, gaslighting, drugging, poisoning, vote rigging, characters returning from the dead, AIDS, cross dressing, mental illness, identity theft, kidnapping, twins from different fathers, pseudo-incestuous relationships, madams and their escorts, the return of long lost relatives, faked deaths, alcoholism, rape, cloning, breast cancer, various affairs, attempted murder, love triangles involving fathers and sons, amnesia and foreign intrigue among other things. One of the most extreme, and arguably successful, plots of the decade focused on a psychotic cross dresser named Brent Lawrence.