‘Golden Girls’ Turns 30 This Year!

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the one of the best shows ever!  That’s right, it’s been 30 years since Golden Girls premiered in 1985.

Golden Girls followed four older women who shared a home in Miami, Florida. It starred Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and one of my favorites, Estelle Getty, and ran until May of 1992. I was not born when this show premiered and was very young when it ended so of course I didn’t watch it during its initial run. However, I have more than made up for that. I am sure I have watched all 180 episodes that are in syndication at least three times. There are very few episodes that I cannot recite word for word. I am obsessed with all of the Golden Girls, they were the original Sex and the City and were ahead of their time in many ways.

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I spoke about my love for Golden Girls briefly in a previous post when I highlighted a few classic television shows.

Blanche wasn’t afraid to publicly flaunt her escapades. She did what she desired and didn’t care what anyone had to say about it. Was she considered promiscuous by many? Sure, but to her she was simply living life. She was vain and self absorbed but she really had a good heart and you couldn’t help but like her. Dorothy had the wit and snark that whipped everyone into shape. Rose’s naivete made her perhaps the most lovable; she brought a certain lightheartedness that was contagious and of course the many laughs . Sophia was simply the BEST, she said everything we wanted to and kept all of the ladies grounded. Whenever Sophia started a story with, “Picture it, Sicily” I just KNEW I was in for a great story, a slightly exaggerated story but a good one nonetheless. She had the best one liners and catchphrases. I had many that I liked but perhaps my two favorites are:  “If I met a man who was over seventy but still looked half-way decent, I’d be on my back faster than you could say, ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!’” AND “Jealousy is a very ugly thing, Dorothy. And so are you in anything backless.”

In honor of 30 years, let’s take a look at some of my favorite Golden Girls moments:

Sophia’s Balloon

Drop Dead!

On Marriage Equality

“Picture It!”

Let’s also highlight the fact that Golden Girls had one of the greatest theme songs of ALL TIME. Probably only second to The Nanny. I definitely had this song as my ringtone years ago, around the same time my Sony Ericsson swivel phone was in style. ( Don’t even try to judge me because I knew you did too!)

Golden Girls has aged like fine wine, it gets better with time. I think I may need to order the DVD’s, even though reruns are constantly on Hallmark and WETv. There is no such thing as too much Golden Girls.



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