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'Guiding Light': By the numbers

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Television’s longest-running daytime drama airs its final episode Sept. 18. During its 72 years on radio and TV, the CBS show logged a staggering 15,762 episodes. That’s an impressive number, to be sure. But it’s not nearly as shocking (or silly) as the stats we’ve compiled below.

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Ratio of planned nuptials that were interrupted before the ”I do’s.”

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Characters who were paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair, then miraculously recovered.

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The highest number of marriages and divorces by a single couple on the soap. The dubious distinction belongs to fan faves Reva and Josh (Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman).

15
Killed-off characters who returned from the dead. (That’s also how many long-lost children suddenly reappeared.)

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Characters who have been ”involved” with a father and son, or a mother and daughter.

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