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The Golden Girls 

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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.


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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 36 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
Bea Arthur ...  Dorothy 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


The Golden Girls is based on the lives and interactions of four older women who have all been divorced/widowed, and are now roommates. Dorothy's main goal during the series is to find a companion she can relate to while her mother Sophia adds her comical outlook and frequents "Picture This" stories. Rose's St. Olaf-ness makes her a little corny but lovable. One thing that changes nearly every episode is whom Blanche is courting. Written by John W. Hale

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Meet four outrageous women who know when it comes to a good laugh, there's nothing like experience! (season 1)


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Release Date:

14 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


(180 episodes) | (180 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In The Golden Girls: Break In (1985), Rose says that her hometown is Little Falls. In all the episodes after that, she says that her hometown is St. Olaf. See more »


When the girls refer to the house, the address is quoted as either 5161 or 6151 Richmond Street. See more »


Blanche: [to Sophia] My mistake. I thought since you look like Yoda you were also wise.
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Alternate Versions

Season 1 (1985-1986) had a slightly different opening sequence consisting of a different shot of the city behind the show's title, one different clip in-between the credits for 'Beatrice Arthur' and , and a different clip behind the credit for . This open was replaced with the 1986 opening for syndication. The original opening has been restored to the season 1 DVD release. See more »


Referenced in Arrested Development: Exit Strategy (2006) See more »


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Sophia Petrillo: "So what? I'm old, I'm supposed to be colorful."
10 June 2010 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

I am not going to be original and just say that The Golden Girls (1985- 1992) is pure gold of the sitcom. This is the show about four women, three in their late 50s, and one - octogenarian but not many shows would compare with the brilliance, fun, laughs, good jokes, catchy one- liners, great pacing, sparks, the perfect casting, the unique chemistry between the Girls - the rare fun that every one of 180 (yes, every one) episodes of the show is. The show about the women who may have passed the primes of their lives but still are funny, sexy, full of life, beautiful, vibrant, and value the gift of friendship, is a winner. The casting of four highly talented actresses as four friends sharing a house in Miami, Florida back in the 1980s proved to be the real gold. Sharp and no-nonsense Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur, RIP), naive beyond belief raised on the Minnesota farm Rose (Betty White, the last surviving Golden Girl), Southern belle Blanche, fun loving and much more fun having namesake of another less fortunate Blanche(Rue McClanahan, RIP), and Dorothy's Sicilian mother Sophia (Estelle Getty, RIP), the coolest, sharpest, funniest 80+ mom TV ever known, are all equally fabulous and bring to every scene of every episode wit, class, humor, and talent. What fascinates and touches me - from 124 reviews on this site, 57 were written by the males of all ages and almost all of them have the words "great", "one of the best" "perfect" etc in the titles. I think The Golden Show is equally interesting and appeals to both men and women, to the young ones and well... the golden ones :) because it is - simply one of its kind and it mixes funny and touching, serious and hilarious, satiric and sentimental in perfect measure and balance. I have problems choosing my favorite girl. I wish all of them were my personal friends and I want to thank THEM for being the best TV friends.

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