My mom used to watch The Golden Girls when it was on prime time in the late 80’s. My mom and my older son used to love watching reruns. Older son is 22 and still watches The Golden Girls. He loves it. Many people his age love it. There is a Golden Girls coloring book. What is happening?
When was this thing on the air? I’m going to go check, I’ll be right back. It ran from 1985 to 1992. There’s no way I saw any episode past 1989. At least I hope I wasn’t at home watching The Golden Girls with my mom when I was a senior in high school, but you never know. Oh man, it aired on Saturday night! I really, really, really hope I wasn’t home on Saturday nights watching Golden Girls with my mom.
I probably was.
Anyway, I decided I needed to figure out what is going on with this national love of what I remembered as a cheesy sitcom with unfortunate living room furniture. Most tv shows, especially sitcoms, don’t stand the test of time. Something I thought was great when I was a kid, I often find practically unwatchable now. Luckily, older son has a Hulu account and Golden Girls is streaming there. I was kind of hoping to be bored to sleep, but the opposite happened. I was up for hours watching this thing.
“Now call your father and tell the dirtbag he can come.”
The actresses are wearing waaay too much blush, the living room furniture is an abomination, but the cop in the pilot is played by the one and only Meshach Taylor! He was a main character on Designing Women, but all the cool kids know him as the teacher turned principal in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. And in the pilot episode, the theme of the entire show is laid out when Blanche tells the other women that they are the reason she can keep living.
After the men and the children are gone, female friends endure. They are her new family and they help make life worth living. The Golden Girls seems like the template for so many of the positive friendships we have seen blossom between women on TV over the past few decades. There is little to no competition between the women, they support and love each other, they bring out the best in each other and they really need to get rid of that living room furniture.
Also, I would like Dorothy to be my patronus.