"Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives." For more than half a century, those words have introduced "Days of Our Lives", NBC's longest running soap opera. The record was previously held by "Another World", which was cancelled in 1999.
"The Guiding Light" originally revolved around the Church of Little Five Points in Illinois. The widowed Reverend John Ruthledge administered at the church and the guiding light referred to a lamp he had in his study that always remained lit for anyone who wished to seek comfort at the non-denominational church.
"The Bold and the Beautiful", which claims to be the most watched television series in the world, was as of 2004 the only soap opera to simulcast in a Spanish language track for Hispanic viewers in the United States (under the title Belleza y poder).