Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thank You For Being A Friend

For the past 15 years The Golden Girls has been my favorite TV show. I have probably seen every episode at least 50 times. When I was in college I would actually revolve my classes and daily routine around the show's syndication schedule on Lifetime. It came on 6 times a day...for one 7:00am, 5:00PM, and 11PM. Thus, the day the show became available on DVD was one of the happiest days of my life. How could one not love The Golden Girls? They were cute, sassy, and above all HILARIOUS!!!

The Golden Girls first aired on September 14, 1985 on ABC. The show took place in Miami, Florida and revolved around four lovable, middle-aged roommates: Blanche, the narcissistic man lover; Rose, the naive do-gooder; Dorothy, the level-headed braniac; and Sophia, the blunt mother figure. A well rounded cast made up the four characters with Rue McClanahan playing the part of Blanche, Betty White as Rose, Bea Arthur as Dorothy, and Estelle Getty as Sophia. The show was an instant hit, and audiences were entranced by the girls fun loving attitudes and relatable story lines. In 1985, Rue McClanahan told The New York Times that the "Golden Girls aimed to show that when people mature, they add layers. They don't turn into other creatures. The truth is we all still have our child, our adolescent, and your young woman living in us."
I think it is clear that many people can relate to this statement and this is proved by the shows popularity. During the shows 7 seasons, it was consistently ranked within the Top 10 of the Nielsen rating, and it won numerous awards including 3 Golden Globes. In addition, McClanahan, White, Arthur, and Getty each won individual Emmy Awards for their roles as Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia.

Obviously the show was popular...there were even dolls made in their resemblance!!!
The final show aired on May 9, 1992 to 27.2 million viewers. As of today, it ranks as the 18th most watched season finale of all time.

Early this morning , we lost another one of our girls. Rue McClanahan died at the age of 76 from a stroke. Rue always knew she wanted to act, and she had a successful acting career. Although, Blanche was her most loved role, Rue also gained notoriety in shows like "Maude" and on Broadway in shows such as "Wicked." Rue will be greatly missed, and we will always love the fun-loving, sexually enlightened, southern-belle from Georgia she depicted so well.