The Golden Girls

NBC (ended 1992)



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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 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 Special

Theme Song: "Thank You for Being a Friend"

Written by: Andrew Gold Sung by: Cynthia Fee

NBC Broadcast History

September 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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    Fan Reviews (168)

    • Make more shows like this

      Quite hilarious. I think it used to be on Lifetime weekend nights, would watch with mom.

      Various ep (00, 15) Lifetime, TV Land
    • The Best

      It was entertaining, it was real, and it addressed issues. It had what a good tv show took.
    • This show is my anti-depressant.

      This show is my anti-depressant. Better than those pills. This shows always make me laugh and smiles. I love it, I watch it every-time i feel depressed and instantly cheer me up.
    • a show that is loved by many

      I heart this show for having the best plot. I also love of course these 4 grannies hehe especially Dorothy! Watching this show before is one of the great moments in my life because I used to watch it with my Mom, the bonding moments are really great especially watching these crazy oldies! It's kind of crazy show that will make you roll on the floor. Its pure entertainment and missing this show lead me to look for a DVD copy. Having no time to catch up the re-runs, I purchased a DVD Collection at DVDBOOTH .COM. My order arrived in mint condition and very good quality! I just take a sit and relax while watching this show in its entirety! All DVDs functions very well in my DVD player. It's nice to see this wacky show once again after years of waiting.moreless
    • The Golden Girls rules

      This is the best show ever. Everytime i watch it, it make me feel happy and it always put a smile on my face.

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    Sitcoms, for the nostalgic, laugh track, buddies and gal pals, for women