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Writer:
Susan Harris (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
14 September 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 35 wins & 86 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the Best Shows of the 80's See more (132 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 82)

Bea Arthur ... Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak / ... (177 episodes, 1985-1992)

Betty White ... Rose Nylund (177 episodes, 1985-1992)

Rue McClanahan ... Blanche Devereaux (177 episodes, 1985-1992)

Estelle Getty ... Sophia Petrillo (177 episodes, 1985-1992)
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Series Directed by
Terry Hughes (108 episodes, 1985-1990)
Lex Passaris (21 episodes, 1990-1992)
Matthew Diamond (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jim Drake (8 episodes, 1985)
Peter D. Beyt (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Paul Bogart (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jay Sandrich (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Susan Harris (177 episodes, 1985-1992)
Barry Fanaro (24 episodes, 1985-1989)
Mort Nathan (24 episodes, 1985-1989)
Terry Grossman (22 episodes, 1985-1989)
Kathy Speer (22 episodes, 1985-1989)
Winifred Hervey (15 episodes, 1985-1989)
Tracy Gamble (14 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gail Parent (14 episodes, 1989-1992)
Richard Vaczy (14 episodes, 1989-1992)
Christopher Lloyd (11 episodes, 1986-1989)
Marc Cherry (11 episodes, 1990-1992)
Jamie Wooten (11 episodes, 1990-1992)
Robert Bruce (10 episodes, 1988-1990)
Martin Weiss (10 episodes, 1988-1990)
James Vallely (10 episodes, 1990-1992)
Tom Whedon (9 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jerry Perzigian (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Don Seigel (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Mitchell Hurwitz (7 episodes, 1990-1992)
Marc Sotkin (6 episodes, 1989-1992)
Phillip Jayson Lasker (5 episodes, 1989-1991)
Kevin Abbott (4 episodes, 1989-1992)
James Berg (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Stan Zimmerman (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Russell Marcus (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jeffrey Ferro (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Fredric Weiss (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Spina (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Liz Sage (2 episodes, 1985)
Eric Cohen (2 episodes, 1989)
Harold Apter (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Tony Thomas .... executive producer / producer (174 episodes, 1985-1992)
Paul Junger Witt .... executive producer / producer (173 episodes, 1985-1992)
Terry Grossman .... producer / co-executive producer (101 episodes, 1985-1989)
Kathy Speer .... co-executive producer / producer (101 episodes, 1985-1989)
Mort Nathan .... co-executive producer / co-producer / ... (77 episodes, 1986-1989)
Marsha Posner Williams .... co-producer (76 episodes, 1985-1988)
Barry Fanaro .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (76 episodes, 1986-1989)
Nina Feinberg .... associate producer / co-producer / ... (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Tracy Gamble .... supervising producer / co-producer / ... (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gail Parent .... producer / supervising producer / ... (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Richard Vaczy .... supervising producer / co-producer / ... (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Tom Whedon .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Marc Sotkin .... co-executive producer / executive producer (74 episodes, 1989-1992)
Robert Bruce .... co-producer / producer (52 episodes, 1988-1990)
Martin Weiss .... co-producer / producer (52 episodes, 1988-1990)
Phillip Jayson Lasker .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (52 episodes, 1989-1991)
Winifred Hervey .... co-producer / producer (51 episodes, 1986-1988)
Jerry Perzigian .... supervising producer / associate producer (49 episodes, 1990-1992)
Don Seigel .... supervising producer (49 episodes, 1990-1992)
David Amico .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1988-1989)
Eric Cohen .... supervising producer (26 episodes, 1988-1989)
Terry Hughes .... co-executive producer (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Greg Giangregorio .... associate producer / producer (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Susan Harris .... executive producer (24 episodes, 1987-1992)
Marc Cherry .... producer / executive producer (24 episodes, 1990-1992)
Kevin Abbott .... co-producer (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
James Vallely .... co-producer (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jamie Wooten .... producer (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mitchell Hurwitz .... producer / co-producer (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jeffrey Ferro .... co-producer (16 episodes, 1987-1988)
Fredric Weiss .... co-producer (15 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Ziffren .... co-producer (12 episodes, 1991)
Harry Waterson .... producer (11 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul Bogart .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 1985-1986)

David A. Goodman .... co-producer (unknown episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Original Music by
George Aliceson Tipton (177 episodes, 1985-1992)
 
Series Film Editing by
Harold McKenzie (27 episodes, 1985-1992)
Pamela Phelps (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jim McElroy (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Frank Mazzaro (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Casting by
Ellen Meyer (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jennifer Jackson Part (51 episodes, 1987-1989)
Sharon Siegel (26 episodes, 1986-1987)
Judith Weiner (25 episodes, 1985-1986)

Joanne Koehler (unknown episodes, 1988-1989)
Donna Larson (unknown episodes, 1990-1992)
 
Series Production Design by
Edward Stephenson (174 episodes, 1985-1992)
 
Series Art Direction by
Michael Hynes (52 episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judy Evans (177 episodes, 1985-1992)
 
Series Makeup Department
Joyce Conroy .... hair stylist (152 episodes, 1985-1991)
Maurice Stein .... makeup artist (99 episodes, 1985-1989)
Art Harding .... makeup artist (76 episodes, 1985-1992)
Paulette Pennington .... hair stylist (23 episodes, 1991-1992)

Barbara Fonte-Kunkel .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Adria Horton .... post-production manager / production manager (98 episodes, 1985-1989)
Susan Palladino .... executive in charge of production (74 episodes, 1989-1992)
David Amico .... unit manager (49 episodes, 1985-1988)
Richard J. Powell .... post-production manager (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Fred Roth .... post-production manager / post production manager (25 episodes, 1990-1991)
Harold McKenzie .... post-production supervisor (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Audrey Joy Johnson .... unit manager (13 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lex Passaris .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ken Stump .... executive in charge of production (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lex Passaris .... associate director (71 episodes, 1986-1991)
Peter D. Beyt .... associate director (70 episodes, 1988-1991)
Gary Shimokawa .... associate director (39 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tom Carpenter .... associate director (4 episodes, 1991)
Michael Riolo .... associate director (3 episodes, 1987)
Richard J. Powell .... associate director (2 episodes, 1990)
Tony Porter .... associate director (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Art Department
Paul Wadian .... head carpenter (168 episodes, 1985-1992)
Robert Devicariis .... property master (93 episodes, 1988-1992)
Michael Hynes .... associate designer / associate production designer (70 episodes, 1986-1992)
Ken Dawson .... property master (60 episodes, 1985-1988)
Judeth Lowey .... assistant designer / assistant art director (13 episodes, 1991-1992)
James Draper .... property master (8 episodes, 1988)
Scott Latendresse .... assistant designer (8 episodes, 1992)
John Blanco .... property master (5 episodes, 1991)
Jasper Ehrig .... property master (3 episodes, 1985-1986)

Ed Stevenson .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Edward L. Moskowitz .... audio (112 episodes, 1986-1991)
Craig Porter .... re-recording (97 episodes, 1988-1992)
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording (81 episodes, 1985-1989)
John Hart .... sound recordist (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Doc Siegel .... audio (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ed Epstein .... audio (16 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dick Burns .... audio (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Larry Lasota .... audio (7 episodes, 1991)
Doug Botnick .... audio (3 episodes, 1988)
Wolf Seeberg .... audio (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

Douglas Shamburger .... sound utility (unknown episodes, 1985-1986)
Greg Ampagoomian .... utility sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ritch Kenney .... camera (170 episodes, 1985-1992)
Alan Keath Walker .... lighting (128 episodes, 1985-1991)
Stephen A. Jones .... camera (125 episodes, 1985-1992)
Chester Jackson .... camera (100 episodes, 1988-1992)
William Updegraff .... gaffer / lighting (84 episodes, 1987-1991)
Dave Heckman .... camera (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Randy Johnson .... video (74 episodes, 1989-1992)
Ken Tamburri .... camera (72 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jack Chisolm .... camera (54 episodes, 1986-1988)
John O'Brien .... video (51 episodes, 1987-1992)
Carol Wetovich .... camera (47 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ron Ruby .... gaffer (32 episodes, 1985-1988)
Andrew Kassan .... gaffer / lighting (31 episodes, 1985-1989)
Andrew Dickerman .... video (26 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jim Orthel .... gaffer (24 episodes, 1990-1992)
Darryl Palagi .... lighting (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ron Olson .... camera (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tom Faigh .... camera (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Kaufman .... video (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
J. Kent Inasy .... lighting (9 episodes, 1987-1990)
Roger Dalton .... lighting (6 episodes, 1991)
Randy Baer .... camera (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Dave Hilmer .... camera (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Warren Bellamy .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1987-1990)
Donna Quante .... camera (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tony Balderama .... camera (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Wayne Orr .... camera (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Reed Samul .... camera (2 episodes, 1989)
Robbie Dick .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Casting Department
Judith Weiner .... original casting (150 episodes, 1986-1992)
Bonnie Shane .... casting (39 episodes, 1989-1991)
Joanne Koehler .... casting (25 episodes, 1988-1989)
Allison Jones .... casting / casting associate (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Donna Larson .... casting (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Susan Vash .... casting / casting associate (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bobbi Shane .... casting (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Yokonji .... costumer / assistant costumer (126 episodes, 1987-1992)
Helaine Bruck .... costumer / key costumer (104 episodes, 1985-1991)
Julie Rhine .... costumer (102 episodes, 1985-1989)
Rhoda Yarbrough .... costumer (50 episodes, 1985-1987)
Patricia McLaughlin .... assistant costumer / costumer (23 episodes, 1991-1992)

Marlene Hajdu .... on-set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Pamela Phelps .... editorial assistant (25 episodes, 1988-1990)
George Englund .... post-production executive (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Richard J. Powell .... editorial assistant (19 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lex Passaris .... editorial assistant (13 episodes, 1985-1986)

Brent Carpenter .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Gil Junger .... post-production executive (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Andrew Gold .... composer: theme music (177 episodes, 1985-1992)
Scott Gale .... music coordinator / music supervisor (174 episodes, 1985-1992)
Lori Andrews .... musician (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Transportation Department
Jeff Sparks .... transportation (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Cameron Shipman .... transportation coordinator (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
 
Series Other crew
Robert Spina .... production associate (177 episodes, 1985-1992)
Tom Carpenter .... stage manager / associate director (172 episodes, 1985-1992)
Bill Conroy .... technical manager / technical coordinator / ... (142 episodes, 1985-1992)
Mark F. Hill .... production staff (125 episodes, 1987-1992)
O. Tamburri .... technical director / technical manager (123 episodes, 1985-1990)
Susan Palladino .... production executive (101 episodes, 1985-1989)
Kent Zbornak .... stage manager (100 episodes, 1987-1992)
David Amico .... production executive (75 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jeannie Taylor .... production staff (73 episodes, 1985-1988)
Jackie Schaffner .... production assistant / production staff (71 episodes, 1986-1989)
Christopher Lloyd .... executive script consultant / story editor (62 episodes, 1986-1989)
Denise Porter .... production staff (61 episodes, 1989-1991)
Pamela Phelps .... production staff (50 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ellen Deutsch .... production assistant / production associate (49 episodes, 1985-1987)
Esther Himbaugh .... production assistant / production staff / ... (49 episodes, 1987-1990)
Salli Shrewsbury .... production assistant (49 episodes, 1990-1992)
Ken Tamburri .... technical director (47 episodes, 1987-1992)
Bobbi Jay Weiss .... production staff (43 episodes, 1988-1990)
Richard King .... production staff / production coordinator (40 episodes, 1985-1992)
Jeffrey Goodman .... production staff (37 episodes, 1985-1987)
Marc Cherry .... executive story editor / story editor (36 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jamie Wooten .... executive story editor / story editor (36 episodes, 1990-1991)
Todd Morris .... production staff (31 episodes, 1989-1991)
Doug Tobin .... stage manager (27 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jordan Goodman .... production staff (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
David Z. Sacks .... production staff (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Denise Fleissner Barta .... production coordinator (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mitchell Hurwitz .... story editor (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Laurie Parres .... production staff (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Tom Seidman .... stage manager (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
James Vallely .... story editor (26 episodes, 1990-1991)
Nina Feinberg .... production coordinator (25 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tracy Gamble .... executive story editor (25 episodes, 1988-1989)
Richard Vaczy .... executive story editor (25 episodes, 1988-1989)
Daniel Levey .... production staff (25 episodes, 1989-1990)
Harry Waterson .... production assistant / production (24 episodes, 1985-1987)
Barry Fanaro .... executive script consultant (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Winifred Hervey .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mort Nathan .... executive script consultant (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Anne Thomopoulos .... production staff (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kit Wilkinson .... production staff (24 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jane Greene .... stage manager (24 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Bruce .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Martin Weiss .... executive story consultant (24 episodes, 1987-1988)
Kari Hendler .... production staff (24 episodes, 1988-1989)
Brenda Bos .... production staff (23 episodes, 1990-1991)
Janel Cunneen .... production assistant (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Catherine Dunn .... production staff (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Danny Filous .... stage manager (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Brian Kahn .... production staff (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Peter D. Beyt .... associate director (21 episodes, 1989-1992)
Julie Thacker .... production staff (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Andy Stone .... production staff (18 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ray Kolasa .... production staff (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alan Helfand .... production staff (13 episodes, 1991-1992)
David A. Goodman .... story editor / script editor (11 episodes, 1986-1989)
Bonnie Shane .... production staff (11 episodes, 1989)
Ted Ashton .... technical manager (10 episodes, 1985)
Michael Riolo .... associate director (10 episodes, 1987-1988)
Rick Copp .... story editor (10 episodes, 1989)
Jeff Abugov .... executive story editor (9 episodes, 1988)
Sim Dulaney .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1986)
Liz Sage .... creative consultant (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bob Kaufman .... video (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bob Rosenfarb .... story editor (6 episodes, 1986)
Doug Smart .... associate director (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Stacy Saltman .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to executive producers / ... (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jon Sharp .... associate director (3 episodes, 1985)
Gerry Cohen .... associate director (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Harold McKenzie .... associate director (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Tim Donnelly .... production staff (3 episodes, 1989)
Jim Horky .... technical director (3 episodes, 1991)
Kurt Schindler .... production staff (3 episodes, 1991)
Gil Junger .... associate director / post production executive (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ethel Himbaugh .... production staff (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jerry Smith .... video (2 episodes, 1987)
Denise Potter .... production staff (2 episodes, 1991)

Jerry Kosowsky .... video technical supervisor (unknown episodes)
Michael Saperton .... engineer in charge (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Dick Gilbert .... in memory of (1 episode, 1987)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (180 episodes) | Germany:25 min (180 episodes)
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl (Season 1 DVD) | UK:12 (one episode) | UK:PG (some episodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the first season exteriors of the house were shot from a real house in California. For later seasons exterior shots were filmed at Walt Disney World's MGM Studios (now "Disney's Hollywood Studios"). They built an exact replica of the house in Orlando. This replica was demolished in 2003.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Depending on the episode, Dorothy either had no date for the prom and got pregnant by Stan, went to the prom with Stan and then got pregnant, or had another date to the prom who didn't show up and got pregnant by Stan. (Any way you look at it, though, Dorothy got pregnant by Stan.)See more »
Quotes:
Rose:My mother always used to say: "The older you get, the better you get, unless you're a banana."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Empty Nest: Windy (#4.8)" (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Thank You For Being A FriendSee more »

FAQ

Why are there so many inconsistencies in the girls' backstories?
Why did the show end when it was still getting respectable ratings?
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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Shows of the 80's, 10 December 2003
Author: Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California

Even though the 1980's was a pretty barren decade as far as television was concerned, this is one of the few rare gems that came out during that time. This show featured one of the best ensemble casts in the history of television and the four leads made this show a Saturday night staple. I especially liked the irony of the fact that Rue McClanahan and Betty White essentially switched their trademark characterizations. For years McClanahan played the dim bulb Vivian on "Maude" and White played the man hungry vamp Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". However, on this show McClanahan played the vamp and White played the dim bulb and this wound up making the characters of Blanche and Rose two of the most unforgettable in the history of television. Also, let's not forget Estelle Getty's memorable portrayal of Sophia. She was probably the best thing about the show and really what made this show a classic and it was her interaction with the other three, especially Rose and, of course, Dorothy that made this one of the most beloved shows of the 1980's.

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