7.9/10
28,303
162 user 39 critic

The Golden Girls 

Trailer
0:53 | Trailer

Watch Now

on Prime Video

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

Creator:

Susan Harris
Reviews
Popularity
343 ( 25)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1992   1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   … See all »
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 36 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Golden Palace (1992–1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While Dorothy got married again, Blanche, Rose and Sophia opened a hotel, called The Golden Palace.

Stars: Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty
Roseanne (1988–2018)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A revival of the popular 1990s sitcom 'Roseanne,' which centered on the everyday life of an American working-class family.

Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
Maude (1972–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"All In The Family" spin-off centered around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay, a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Tillie the Toiler is a 1927 silent film comedy produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released through Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios. It is based on Russ Westover's popular comic strip ... See full summary »

Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Marion Davies, Matt Moore, Harry Crocker
Marianne II (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Oscar Shaw, Fred Solm
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fresh young beauty becomes an old maid waiting for her suitor to return from the Napoleonic wars. When he returns, clearly disappointed, she disguises herself as her own niece in order to test his loyalty.

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel, Helen Jerome Eddy
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A chambermaid impersonates the fictional subject of a composite photo that won a beauty contest, with whom a famed aviator falls in love.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marion Davies, Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell
Enchantment (1921)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The frothy experiences of a vain little flapper. Her father induces an actor friend to become a gentlemanly cave man and the film becomes another variation of the 'Taming of the Shrew' ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Edith Shayne
Drama | History | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Charles Ruggles
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Marion goes to college to pursue a handsome young man and discovers that he is coach of a women's basketball team.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Marion Davies, Johnny Mack Brown, Jane Winton
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Casey and Babe are sisters who work in a department store and each year the store puts on a show. As expected, things are going wrong with every act until Casey comes out to help Babe with ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Rosetta Duncan, Vivian Duncan, Lawrence Gray
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Strung around the idea of reincarnation, this film goes back in time to the days of the Spanish galleons and pirates burying their treasure; treasure to be found centuries later.

Director: George D. Baker
Stars: Marion Davies, Norman Kerry, Anders Randolf
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Norwegian

Release Date:

14 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Girls See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(180 episodes) | (180 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur were Jewish, not Italian. Reportedly, Getty used to ask the producers "couldn't we just make [Dorothy and Sophia] Jewish?" The producers wouldn't budge. See more »

Goofs

As with any long-running show there are many inconsistencies between episodes. Characters' life histories, their birthdays and ages are reported differently from time to time as the writers invent new stuff for them that wasn't thought of when the series began. "Facts" are altered to fit the jokes, and a good deal of leeway is allowed. See more »

Quotes

Blanche: We just rented that movie Aliens, it scared us half to death.
Sophia: I found it scary too. That Sigourney Weaver is a sweet girl but she really shouldn't go without makeup.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Most syndicated and cable versions in the USA and Canada, in addition to being cut by 1-2 minutes, use a 25-second version of the 1986 opening sequence on most episodes, or an extended version of said sequence in a small number of episodes. The 1985 and 1989 openings are usually replaced. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Young Sheldon: Family Dynamics and a Red Fiero (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Thank You For Being A Friend
Written by Andrew Gold
Sung by Cynthia Fee
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

The Original "Sex and the City".
29 July 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

NBC was already a monster by 1985 thanks to programs like "The Cosby Show", "Cheers" and "L.A. Law" (all part of that unbeatable Thursday lineup). In 1985 it appeared that Beatrice Arthur (who struck gold with "Maude", a spin-off of "All in the Family") was going back to television in a new show called "The Golden Girls". Along with Arthur (a smart-mouthed Brooklyn native) was her old-world Sicilian mother (Estelle Getty), a bubble-headed Minnesota native (Betty White) and a sex-crazed belle from Georgia (Rue McClanahan). This quartet of actresses would create the finest core of performers to ever star in a television series. "The Golden Girls", unlike "Cheers", was a hit from its first episode. It dominated with vigor and spunk on Saturday nights. NBC was worried that the show would never find an audience big enough to make a dent in the ratings, but for a time "The Golden Girls" was as excellent as anything else the networks had to offer. The four women, all obviously over 50, lived, laughed and cried together in Miami for nearly a decade from 1985 to 1992. The series pushed the envelope on everything that dominated headlines during its run (AIDS, homosexuality, sexism, ageism, political unrest, abortion and an endless list of other topics too long to go into at length). The episodes went for comedy, but usually almost always had a deep meaning to them about love and friendship. All four actresses shared the spotlight equally for the most part. Arthur and McClanahan had hit gold with "Maude" and White had been along seemingly at the advent of television programming. Getty was relatively unknown, but fit in well with more-established performers immediately (her character got away with more than the others as she was written as a lady who had suffered a major stroke which affected the relationship between what she said and thought). Herb Edelman (who made a name for himself in "The Odd Couple") was always a consistent element as Arthur's two-timing ex-husband and Harold Gould (who was a key player in "The Sting") also became a fixture during the series' latter episodes as White's love interest. Like all good things though, "The Golden Girls" began to slowly lose their edge and appeal by the early-1990s. Time slot changes and constant contract re-negotiations ended the series far too early. Arthur's want to leave the show by 1992 would ultimately kill the program. CBS attempted to bring the other three back with "The Golden Palace", but that series never found its legs without Arthur. 5 stars out of 5.


86 of 94 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 162 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed