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'The Golden Girls' Profile

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The Golden Girls follows the lives of four retired women living together in a house in Miami: acerbic divorcee Dorothy, kind-hearted widow Rose, man-crazy widow Blanche, and Dorothy’s headstrong mother Sophia.

Aired:

September 14, 1985-May 9, 1992 (seven seasons, 180 episodes) on NBC

See It:

All seven seasons are available on DVD.

History:

The Golden Girls premiered in fall 1985 to immediate success, as part of a new programming lineup that revitalized NBC. It remained a top hit for six seasons, only dipping in the ratings during its seventh season after a change in time slots. When Bea Arthur decided to leave the show after the seventh season, producers brought an end to the series. A short-lived spin-off, The Golden Palace, featured Rose, Blanche and Sophia opening their own hotel, and lasted one season following the end of The Golden Girls.

Cast:

Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak
Betty White as Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux
Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo

Creators:

The Golden Girls was created by Susan Harris, who also created the classic sitcoms Soap, Benson and Empty Nest (which was a Golden Girls spin-off). Harris and her longtime producing partners Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas served as executive producers.
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