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.
September 14, 1985-May 9, 1992 (seven seasons, 180 episodes) on NBC
All seven seasons are available on DVD.
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.
Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak
as Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux
Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo
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.