The Golden Girls

NBC (ended 1992)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 27

    The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments

    Aired

  • S 7 : Ep 26

    One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (2)

    Aired 5/9/92

  • S 7 : Ep 25

    One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)

    Aired 5/9/92

  • S 7 : Ep 24

    Home Again, Rose (2)

    Aired 5/2/92

  • S 7 : Ep 23

    Home Again, Rose (1)

    Aired 4/25/92

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bea Arthur

    Dorothy Zbornak

  • Betty White

    Rose Nylund

  • Rue McClanahan

    Blanche Devereaux

  • Estelle Getty

    Sophia Petrillo

  • Harold Gould

    Miles Webber

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  • The Golden Girls, which ran on NBC from 1985 until 1992, centers around four women all near or above the age of 50. Created by Susan Harris (Soap, Empty Nest), the series was an immediate hit in it's Saturday night timeslot. The show mainly involved four women. The stories involve dating and solving various problems. The story of the week sometimes included issues such as harassment, homosexuality, impotence, AIDS, death, and adultery.Just Who Are the Golden Girls?Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak (Beatrice Arthur) is the tall, headstrong, witty and sometimes mean Golden Girl. Not known for her looks but she is definately intelligent. Despite being unlikely pairs, she still manages to get along with...Rose Lindstrom Nylund (Betty White) is the innocent Minnesota dumb (bleached) blonde of the girls. She is very sweet and kind to animals but can be persistant and annoying. She can be mean and insulting on some occasions, though, especially to...Blanche Elizabeth Hollingsworth Devereaux (Rue McClanahan)is the sex-starved, conceited, arrogant, self-absorbed Golden Girl. She has a heart deep down inside and her mind is only in one place...sex. She gives the word Grandma a new meaning! Blanche is the owner of the house...a house whom every man in Miami's seen at least once. They usually get along with her but she is often at odds with...Sophia Spirelli Petrillo Weinstock (Estelle Getty) is the elderly, Sicilian, overly sarcastic, always-scheming mother of Dorothy. She has a good heart but will always speak her mind and tends to do things that gets on the nerves of others, especially her own daughter.That's the set-up...the 4 Miami Golden Girls under one roof...comedy ensured!First Telecast: September 14, 1985 Last Episode: May 09, 1992 Last Telecast: September 14, 1992 Episodes: 180 Color Episodes + 1 Reunion SpecialTheme Song: "Thank You for Being a Friend"Written by: Andrew Gold Sung by: Cynthia FeeNBC Broadcast HistorySeptember 1985-July 1991----Saturdays----9:00 p.m. August-September 1991----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. September 1991-September 1992----Saturdays----8:00 p.m.Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better)#7 (tied with Dynasty) in the 1985-1986 Season #5 in the 1986-1987 Season #4 in the 1987-1988 Season #6 in the 1988-1989 Season #6 in the 1989-1990 Season #10 in the 1990-1991 Season #30 (tied with In the Heat of the Night) in the 1991-1992 Season*Now Airs On Lifetime Television Network. Check your local listings.Theme Song Lyrics (full version)Thank you for being a friend, Travel down the road and back again, Your heart is true, You're a pal and a confidant!And if you threw a party, Invited everyone you knew! You would see, The biggest gift would be from me, And the card attached would say, Thank you for being a friend!Please note, the theme song in sydnication is shortened due to time constraints.Check out the Sheet Music for the theme song at Andrew Gold's Web-Site.SPINOFFS Empty Nest-In May of 1996, Golden Girls second season spawned an episode titled 'Empty Nests' about George and Renee Corliss, a Miami couple that needs to spend a little bit more time with each other. The pilot was not picked up until 1988 but all the actors were replaced and the series was retooled after Dr. Harry Weston, a pediatrician widower, living with his daughters Barbara and Carol with constant drop ins by the annoying Charley Dietz.Nurses-Nurses debuted in 1991 and could be considered more of a spinoff to Empty Nest. It was about the Miami General Hopsital nurses at the hospital where Harry worked.The Golden Palace-A continuation of The Golden Girls involving Rose, Blanche and Sophia moving into and owning a hotel.Brighton Belles-A short-lived British remake.moreless

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    • Sophia: Hello. Dorothy: Ma, what are you doing here? Sophia: Everything's fine, nobody died, the home burned down.

    • Dorothy: Let's go out and celebrate. Sophia: What, that she came out of her room!

    • Blanche: Dorothy, can I borrow your mink stole? Dorothy: It's Miami in June - only cat's are wearing fur! Rose: Are you going out? Dorothy: No, she's going to sit here where its 112 degrees and eat enchiladas.

    • Blanche: We're going to New York for the honeymoon. I just hope I don't get murdered.

    • Dorothy: I taught a class today, the finest school in Dade County, two girls had shaved heads, and three boys had green hair. Coco: They're expressing themselves! Dorothy: Well, I expressed myself. I told them they had to leave, they were too ugly to look at. Now the parents are upset, a father in a three piece suit came in and defended Tiffany, a bald girl with a nose ring.

    • Sophia: The fancy man and I are going to the dog tracks. Blanche: Your mother bets? Dorothy: No, she rides. She's a dog jockey. Let's go, girls. (The Ladies Exit).

    • Sophia: (turning to Rose and Dorothy) When I go, put me in a steel sack and leave me on the curb next to the cans.

    • Blanche: I guess maybe I'm hoping the shock will be too much for my heart and I'll just drop dead right here. And the minister can bury me with Mr. Pinkus. I won't have to look anyone in the eye ever again. Rose: Except maybe Mr. Pinkus.

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    Notes (491)

    • Guest Meshach Taylor would later work with Estelle Getty in the movie Mannequin.

    • This episode was videotaped on April 22, 1985.

    • Viewed by 25 million viewers and ranked #1 for the week, pushing The Cosby Show to #2.

    • Rue McClanahan and Betty White both starred together on Mama's Family.

    • Beatrice Arthur and Rue McClanahan both played on Maude together.

    • The background shot behind the closing credits is of Dorothy, Rose and Blanche embraced in the hug.

    • The set for the pilot was arranged different from what it would become. If you notice, the entrance to Blanche's bedroom would become the entrance to the lanai. The table in the living room is on a curve, and the chair where Sophia sits in the Blanche & Harry scene is also on a curve. The lanai is also backwards from what it would become. The doors leading out from the lanai would be switched later.

    • Charles Levin (Coco) was credited as a Special Guest Star. He never appears again on the show after this episode.

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    Trivia (497)

    • According to Betty White, she was nervous about switching the roles because she understood Blanche, but did not get who Rose was. She said Susan Harris gave her the character in a nutshell, and from then on, she is enternally grateful to Jay Sandrich whose idea it was to switch the roles.

    • In Bea Arthur's one woman show, she confirms that Sophia's line in the pilot regarding Harry being a "scuzball" was originally written to say "The man is a douchebag," and that this was the only line the censors would not allow.

    • On the front door of Blanche's home, there is an exclamation point type looking engravement, which remains there for the rest of the series.

    • Meshach Taylor, who plays the policeman in this pilot episode, is better known for his long-term role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women which ran on CBS from 1986-1993.

    • Sophia looks different in the pilot episode (as well as much of Season 1) than she does in the rest of the series. She looks much older than she does in the other seasons of the show.

    • The series was pitched with the title, Miami Nice but was changed before the "Pilot" was filmed. The pilot script is titled The Golden Girls.

    • When Blanche asked if she could borrow Dorothy's mink stole, Dorothy said "it's Miami in June", that's also the night Sophia moved in because Shady Pines burned down. But in the episode Never Yell Fire Pt 1, Dorothy said Shady Pines burned down in September.

    • In this episode, Dorothy says that she's from Queens, but in future episodes, she and Sophia and from Brooklyn.

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    Allusions (143)

    • Rose: "Mrs. Gandhi would be alive today if she had taken my call."
      This is a reference to the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was killed in 1984, the year before this episode aired.

    • Dorothy: "She has more colors than Benjamin Moore paints."
      Dorothy was talking about Blanche's make-up collection. The reference is to the well-known paint store chain.

    • Blanche: "We went to Joe's."
      Blanche tells the ladies that she had dinner at "Joe's" and ate stone crabs. This is a reference to Joe's Stone Crabs which is one of the most famous restaurants in Miami Beach.

    • Dorothy: "I can't get through to New Jersey with MCI."
      Reference to MCI, one of the major phone companies during the 1980's.

    • Dorothy: "She wouldn't even budge for Julio Iglesias."
      Dorothy talks about getting tickets for Julio Iglesias to cheer Blanche up. Iglesias was one of the most popular singers of the 1980's and even made a cameo on the fourth season episode called "Valentine's Day".

    • (Talking about how Kate, Dorothy's daughter, may get lost on her way to the house)

      Blanche: Dorothy, I gave Kate the directions over the phone.

      Dorothy And who are you... Rand McNally?

      Rand McNally is a publisher of maps (wall, street, and reference maps, including atlases).

    • Episode Title: Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding? This is a reference to the 1967 movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" starring Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier.

    • Rose: I'm depressed. Blanche: Is this about Arnie? Dorothy: No Blanche, she's upset because they keep changing the taste of Coke. This in reference to Roberto C. Goizueta's, CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., idea of releasing a new taste of Coke in 1985, the first change in 99 years of the formula. The public didn't like the changes and critics called it the biggest marketing blunder and the original formula was brought back.

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