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The Golden Girls (TV Series 1985–1992) Poster

(1985–1992)

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Followed by 

The Golden Palace (1992) (TV Series)

Version of 

Juntas, pero no revueltas (1995) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
Hrysa koritsia (2008) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
Las chicas de oro (2010) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country

Remade as 

Brighton Belles (1993) (TV Series)
Golden Girls (2012) (TV Series)

Spin-off 

Empty Nest (1988) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

Super Password: Episode dated 27 January 1986 (1986) (TV Episode)
Title reference by Bert Convy
Who's the Boss?: New Kid in Town (1987) (TV Episode)
The character names are mentioned by Angela and Mona.
Punky Brewster: Hands Across the Halls (1987) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
ALF: Can I Get a Witness? (1988) (TV Episode)
ALF refers to the series.
Zeg 'ns Aaa: Cultuur shock (1988) (TV Episode)
Koos says he's going to record an episode of this TV show
Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) (TV Movie)
Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia all appear
Empty Nest: Fatal Attraction (1988) (TV Episode)
Blanche Devereaux makes a crossover appearance.
Empty Nest: Libby's Gift (1988) (TV Episode)
Sophia Petrillo makes a crossover appearance.
Empty Nest: Strange Bedfellows (1989) (TV Episode)
Rose Nylund makes a crossover appearance.
Empty Nest: Dumped (1989) (TV Episode)
Dorothy Zbornak makes a crossover appearance.
Empty Nest: Rambo of Neiman Marcus (1989) (TV Episode)
Rose Nylund makes a crossover appearance.
ALF: Make 'em Laugh (1990) (TV Episode)
ALF is hired as the fifth Golden Girl.
Growing Pains: Future Shock (1990) (TV Episode)
Maggie says that by the time Chrissy is 18 she'll look like one of the Golden Girls.
The Earth Day Special (1990) (TV Special)
The Golden Girls are watching the Earth Day Special on TV
The Guardian (1990)
Blossom: I Ain't Got No Buddy (1991) (TV Episode)
Sophia Petrillo is a crossover character
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
Glenn: "It's 'Golden Girls.'"
Seinfeld: The Pen (1991) (TV Episode)
Aunt Stella says, "This better be good. I'm missing 'Golden Girls' for this."
Suite 215: Toen Dorothy viel (1991) (TV Episode)
Anja has named the meteorite after Dorothy from the Golden Girls
Empty Nest: Windy (1991) (TV Episode)
Sophia Petrillo makes a crossover appearance.
Nurses: Begone with the Wind (1991) (TV Episode)
Rose Nylund makes a crossover appearance.
Empty Nest: Dr. Weston and Mr. Hyde (1992) (TV Episode)
Rose Nylund makes a crossover appearance.
Nurses: Moon Over Miami (1992) (TV Episode)
Blanche Devereaux makes a crossover appearance.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) (TV Episode)
Servo: Meanwhile on the set of Golden Girls.
The Golden Palace: Miles, We Hardly Knew Ye (1992) (TV Episode)
Miles Webber makes a guest appearance.
Married with Children: Al on the Rocks (1992) (TV Episode)
Al advises Jefferson: "When you're with Marcie, shut your eyes real tight and picture one of the Golden Girls."
The Golden Palace: Seems Like Old Times: Part 1 (1992) (TV Episode)
Dorothy Zbornak makes a guest appearance.
The Golden Palace: Seems Like Old Times: Part 2 (1992) (TV Episode)
Dorothy Zbornak makes a guest appearance.
Siskel & Ebert: Worst of '92 (1993) (TV Episode)
In the discussion of "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (1992), Gene Siskel mentions that Estelle Getty is from this TV series.
The Golden Palace: Rose and Fern (1993) (TV Episode)
Miles Webber makes a guest appearance.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "You look like 'Maude' with a hell beast." Crow: "Oh, you mean Estelle Getty?"
Full House: Subterranean Graduation Blues (1993) (TV Episode)
When Danny suggests that he could hold his own in a fight with George Forman, Becky cracks that even the Golden Girls could handle fighting Danny.
The Golden Palace: One Angry Stan (1993) (TV Episode)
Stanley Zbornak makes a guest appearance.
Animaniacs: Chalkboard Bungle/Hurray for Slappy/The Great Wakkorotti: The Master & His Music (1993) (TV Episode)
The Golden Girls appear at Slappy's awards dinner.
Nurses: Temporary Setbacks (1993) (TV Episode)
Sophia Petrillo makes a crossover appearance.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Isn't he on 'Golden Girls'?"
Die Peter Alexander Show: Episode dated 25 December 1993 (1993) (TV Episode)
'Golden Girls' characters but different actresses
Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Bedside Manner (1994) (TV Episode)
Alex says, "We had to dress up like 'The Golden Girls' to get the senior citizen discount."
Dinosaurs: Driving Miss Ethyl (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
The Nanny: Strange Bedfellows (1995) (TV Episode)
Maxwell misinterprets when Niles mentions "the golden years".
The Crew: Goin' Hollywood (1995) (TV Episode)
Estelle Getty guest-stars as herself; the show is referenced.
The John Larroquette Show: Here We Go Again (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced throughout the episode as John and Betty White collaborate on a musical based on the show.
The Nanny: First Date (1997) (TV Episode)
Fran refers to actress Estelle Getty wearing an old lady's costume.
Smart Guy: Book Smart (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Marcus
Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan (2000) (TV Episode)
Friends: The One with Rachel's Assistant (2000) (TV Episode)
Monica tells that Ross stayed home every Saturday night to watch "Golden Girls".
Annie Goes to Hollywood (2001) (TV Movie)
Lukas: Der 18. Geburtstag (2001) (TV Episode)
Coco mentions them when she talks about famous women.
Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) (TV Movie)
The Wire: All Due Respect (2004) (TV Episode)
Herc tells Carver that he would rather sleep with the "old tune" from the Golden Girls than sleep with a man.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (2004) (Video Game)
Larry mentions this show's title in one of his conversations with Koko.
Strongbad_email.exe (2004) (Video)
In "Helium", while Strong Bad talks in a high-pitched tone from inhaling helium from a balloon, he says he sounds "like one of the Golden Girls."
Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
stills from this were shown
Night of the Dog (2005)
Vincent collects tapes of Golden Girls
The Breakthrough Season (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.83 (2006) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "One-Woman Shows" category
Arrested Development: Exit Strategy (2006) (TV Episode)
The name of the rehab center Lucille and Lindsay were supposed to attend is Shady Pines.
How I Met Your Mother: Life Among the Gorillas (2006) (TV Episode)
It is implied that Bilson asks which naked Golden Girl one would do.
Idol (2006)
Jeremy Cohen gets a bit flustered and says he's having a Blanche Devereaux moment.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Ricky tells Cal his friendship is special like Rue McClanahan in Golden Girls. He also tells Susan that McClanahan's role on the show makes her a winner on the scale of people such as legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula.
Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) (Video)
In "Halloween Potion-ma-jig", Homestar mistakes Strong Bad's costume as being Blanche from that TV sitcom
Unmasking the Da Vinci Code (2006) (Video)
Mentioned by Mike.
The Bold and the Beautiful: Episode #1.5000 (2007) (TV Episode)
Eric tells Stephanie he doesn't want her to be "some Golden Girl, hobbling along."
Ugly Betty: Don't Ask, Don't Tell (2007) (TV Episode)
Justin says he's going to watch The Golden Girls marathon.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Dirty Jokes (2007) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions a "Bea Arthur from Golden Girls"
The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (2007) (Video)
Referenced throughout.
American Dad!: The Vacation Goo (2007) (TV Episode)
Roger's character, Betty Bea Getty McClanahan, takes her name from names and surnames of actresses 'Betty White', 'Bea Arthur', Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan
Carpoolers: Who Would You Do? (2007) (TV Episode)
Laird: "Who would you do? Jessica Biel, and get no money - or one of the Golden Girls and get a million dollars."
Women's Murder Club: Grannies, Guns and Love Mints (2007) (TV Episode)
Lindsay mentions that Jacobi has some kind of a "Golden Girls" fetish.
Blackout (2008)
old women are called the "Golden Girls"
Comedy Connections: Ripping Yarns (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Saturday Night Live: Michael Phelps/Lil' Wayne (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Mark Payne in Pizzaria Uno sketch
The Simpsons: Double, Double, Boy in Trouble (2008) (TV Episode)
Lenny performs "Thank you for being a friend", the title song from that show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.47 (2008) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $4,000 question
Electric Spoofaloo: Two and a Half Watchmen (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Office: Golden Ticket (2009) (TV Episode)
Andy mentions it.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.157 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $1,000 question
Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.6 (2009) (TV Episode)
David Mitchell says that Kim Jung Il looks like one of the Golden Girls.
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List: Maggie's Bucket List (2009) (TV Episode)
Maggie mentions the show.
Road Trip: Beer Pong (2009) (Video)
"The Golden Girls" are mentioned in dialogue
Tosh.0: Skateboard Girl (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.25 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $12,500 question
Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (2009) (TV Short)
mentioned in dialogue
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.67 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Flower Girls"
The Answer to the Lost Riddle: Prophets of the New Order (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Animation Lookback: Walt Disney Animation Studios Part 8 (2009) (TV Episode)
The cast of this TV series were named Disney Legend along with Robin Williams.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.95 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $500 question
Parks and Recreation: Galentine's Day (2010) (TV Episode)
One of April's boyfriends remarks that going to the seniors' dance will "be like 'The Golden Girls.'"
RuPaul's Drag Race: Golden Gals (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Death at a Funeral (2010)
Aaron mentions it was his father's favorite show in the eulogy
Saturday Night Live: Betty White/Jay-Z (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Betty White during the opening monologue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.70 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay says the show has been remade as "Sex and the City"
Gaze (2010)
Lenora Claire mentions her Golden Gals Gone Wild art show.
Sex & the City: The Original XXX Parody (2010) (Video)
Samantha is called a reject from the Golden Girls
30 Rock: Let's Stay Together (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in Kenneth's song
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Anne Hathaway/Florence and the Machine (2010) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Jay Pharoah sings "Thank You for Being a Friend."
Cougar Town: When the Time Comes (2010) (TV Episode)
Golden Girl mentioned
Living Will... (2010)
mentioned in dialogue
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Untamed Women (2011) (TV Episode)
Elvira and three of her friends portray "The Golden Ghouls."
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.103 (2011) (TV Episode)
Quartet mentions Rose Nylund in a song introducing Betty White
Shameful Sequels: Lake Placid 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
"They couldn't convince the woman from the Golden Girls from the first one to return."
Warehouse 13: Love Sick (2011) (TV Episode)
Claudia says, "It's like watching Golden Gossip Girls."
Being Erica: Doctor Who? (2011) (TV Episode)
Jenny compares Erica's grandmother's Fort Lauderdale condo complex to the show.
An Idiot Abroad: Whale Watching (2011) (TV Episode)
Karl asks, "Is this like the Eskimo version of Golden Girls?"
Bum Reviews: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) (TV Episode)
"Help! I'm under attack by The Golden Girls!"
New Girl: Naked (2011) (TV Episode)
Nick and Schmite talk about Betty White and the rest of the main characters
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.19 (2012) (TV Episode)
It being a prequel to "The Golden Palace" is mentioned.
House M.D.: Man of the House (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Conan: The Douche Who Lost His Bag (2012) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned while introducing Betty White
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.103 (2012) (TV Episode)
a fake promo depicts a remake of the show with male celebrities in the lead roles
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.117 (2012) (TV Episode)
an audience member asks whether Betty White would rather do one more episode of the show or "Mary Tyler Moore"
Happily Divorced: Newman vs. Newman (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Judi
New Girl: Kids (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jess.
Mad: Betty White & the Huntsman/Ancient Greek Mythbusters (2012) (TV Episode)
Betty White was mentioned being in this show.
Madea's Witness Protection (2012)
Joe is talking with Barbara about the three nurses named Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy.
RiffTrax Live: Manos - The Hands of Fate (2012)
"This pretty much happens everyday on the set for Golden Girls".
Sullivan & Son: How Carol Got Her Groove Back (2012) (TV Episode)
Jack says that Carol looks like one of the "Golden Girls".
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.194 (2012) (TV Episode)
Ross talks about the show.
Movie 43 (2013)
Referenced by Neil (segment "Veronica")
Portlandia: Missionaries (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
DVD-R Hell: Deception of a Generation: Part 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Phil mentions this show as a show that girls can relate to.
30 Rock: A Goon's Deed in a Weary World (2013) (TV Episode)
a still from the show appears during Kenneth's closing song
Guys with Kids: Gary's Idea (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris says he marathoned through some "Golden Girls" episodes and later remixes the theme song at the college party.
The Trouble with Barry (2013)
Shane's house is always denoted by a brief shot of the "Golden Girls" home exterior, accompanied by sound-alike intro music.
Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck/Kanye West (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Seth on Weekend Update
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.76 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Nebraska (2013)
Audio heard while the family is watching TV
WWF Raw: Episode dated 8 July 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
Triple H mentions this show by name
Orange Is the New Black: Lesbian Request Denied (2013) (TV Episode)
Older female prison inmates are referred to as the Golden Girls.
Orange Is the New Black: WAC Pack (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.182 (2013) (TV Episode)
the show is mentioned as a correct answer in a clip from "Hollywood Game Night"
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.118 (2013) (TV Episode)
Ross mentions the show by name.
Wander Over Yonder (2013) (TV Series)
Sylvia is a "Zbornak", a direct reference to Bea Arthur's character
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.3 (2013) (TV Episode)
CeeLo Green sings part of the show's theme song
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.27 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jayma Mays says that the show was her favorite when she was growing up
Clarence (2013) (Short)
Clarence says they can watch the show on his big screen TV at his slumber party.
Duck Dynasty: Life of Si (2014) (TV Episode)
Jep Robinson and Jase Robinson both mention this television show by name
WWF Raw: Episode #22.5 (2014) (TV Episode)
During the Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. WWE Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gun) steal cage match via pinball or submission only for the WWE Tag Team Championships, Jerry "The King" Lawler mentions this television show by name
RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaul's Big Opening: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Items inspired by the show are assigned to one of the queens.
Worst Cooks in America: Scratching the Surface (2014) (TV Episode)
Joe mentions Blanche and the Golden Girls
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: RuPaul's Big Opening: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Contestant Benjamin Putnam is given The Golden Girls (1985) as inspiration for a runway look.
Looking: Looking Glass (2014) (TV Episode)
Patrick and Agustín talk about having marathon viewings of the show and Patrick later watches it. The theme song also plays over the closing credits.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.41 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Brows Held High: Tiny Furniture (2014) (TV Episode)
"They're not Golden Girls, not Gossip Girls, not New Girl..."
Hot in Cleveland: Stayin' Alive (2014) (TV Episode)
''Oh, the way Rue McClanahan was the funny one on "The Golden Girls."
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!: Drag Queens of Comedy (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Trinity during her stand-up routine.
About a Boy: About a Poker Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
RuPaul's Drag Race: Countdown to the Crown (2014) (TV Episode)
Benjamin Putnam's The Golden Girls (1985) runway is shown and discussed.
Robot Chicken: Snarfer Image (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
22 Jump Street (2014)
Mercedes alludes to Blanche Devereaux doing heroin on this show.
Flash Forward: Expose (TV Episode)
Max uses "Golden Girls" as a slang term on the radio call-in show.

Featured in 

The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) (TV Special)
clips
Comic Relief (1991) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown
Disney Through the Decades (2001) (Video)
clips
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips from the show are featured throughout this special.
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Brief clip of opening titles during Josh Groban's salute to TV theme songs.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.51 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Betty White's career
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The American/Going the Distance/Machete (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown while Ellen summarizes George Clooney's movie career
25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time (2010) (TV Movie)
Rose Nylund is #15.
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.118 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan is shown.

Spoofed in 

Stay Tuned (1992)
1996 MTV Movie Awards (1996) (TV Special)
The Golden Girls in Clueless
Robot Chicken: Cracked China (2006) (TV Episode)
The Golden Girls share their sexual escapades a la Sex and the City
The Golden Girls: A XXX MILF Parody (2010) (Video)
Porn parody.
Stevie TV: Episode #2.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
"Lena Dunham's Golden Girls"

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