This "All In The Family" spin-off centers around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay. She's a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY with her fourth husband Walter, owner of Findlay's ... See full summary »
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
Susan Harris, the producer, creator and head writer of the show, always wanted Bea Arthur to play Dorothy. She heavily campaigned for Bea to get the part; even describing Dorothy as a "Bea Arthur type" in the script which was being sent out to all the agencies in Hollywood during pre-production for the show. Susan Harris even asked Rue McClanahan to ask Bea if she would participate. But while Harris was enthusiastic for Arthur to play Dorothy; NBC was not. They were concerned that Bea would be associated with Maude; a Norman Lear show from the 70s which Bea Starred in and which was no longer hip and current in the cultural climate of 1985. The network had their eye on Elaine Stritch to play Dorothy; and urged Harris to audition her; which she did. But Stritch admits in her one woman show that when Susan Harris and the network were auditioning her she improvised the script, adding F bombs for laughs; which Harris frowned upon; and which killed her chances to play the Dorothy role. Harris eventually prevailed after that and Arthur got the part. Ironically, Stritch was almost cast in another hit top ten NBC sitcom from the 1980s; Cheers. Stritch was originally cast as a character named "Mrs. Littlefield" on that show; until the network wrote her out at the last minute. See more »
In several episodes, Blanche reveals that her middle name is Elizabeth. But on the episode where her old nanny comes to visit, her nanny calls her "Blanche Marie Hollingsworth!" See more »
Oh, Blanche, if your 21st birthday was 20 years ago, you'd only be 41 years old!
Gee, you look terrible for your age.
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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 Betty White, and a different clip behind the credit for Rue McClanahan. This open was replaced with the 1986 opening for syndication. The original opening has been restored to the season 1 DVD release. See more »
I loved this show the minute I saw it as a teen. I saw it once or twice as a kid, but never got the jokes. Now that I'm a bit more grown-up, I've seen every epi at least 10 times and watch it whenever it comes on. They were the precursor to every show about 4 women talking about everything under the sun. The similarity to Sex and the City is very striking and many other shows like that. Blanche and Dorothy were my favorite. But, of course, each one represents the different sides of women. Like that episode with the Hungarian sculpturer who said the stature was all 3 of them because together, they make the perfect woman. I love this show to death and don't mind watching it over and over. It broke a lot of barriers and is just plain funny. They were so good at their characters that to see them doing something outside of it in real life is a shock, lol. Golden Girls Forever!
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