Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a sitcom that ran for seven seasons mid eighties to the early nineties – The Golden Girls
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. – IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Bea Arthur – Dorothy Zbornak
Betty White – Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahan – Blanche Devereaux
Estelle Getty – Sophie Petrillo
+ Rue McClanahan was found asleep in all sorts of places on the set.
+ Betty White was the oldest of the four main actresses. Ironically, with the death of Rue McClanahan, she became the last surviving member of the cast.
+ Due to Estelle Getty’s intense stage fright, during Friday tapings she would often freeze on camera. She was the least experienced actress of the four, and it intimidated her. She stated in a 1988 interview that working every week with talent like Bea Arthur and Betty White scared her out of her wits. She felt like a fraud and worried that the fans would “find out” that she wasn’t as good as her co-stars.
+ The idea for the show came from NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff, who was visiting his elderly aunt one day and saw how she and her next-door neighbor, who was also her best friend, interacted with each other. Even though they would argue and bicker a lot, they were still best friends and loved each other. Tartikoff thought that would make a great show, and “The Golden Girls” was born.
+ In several episodes which showed flashbacks to when Dorothy and Sophia were living in New York during the ’40s and ’50s, Estelle Getty appears without the wig and makeup.
+ George Clooney made an appearance in this show as a young cop.
+ Chick Vennera played two different characters on the show, Pepe the boxer and Enrique Mas.
Top 10 Moments
Best of Dorothy