The Golden Girls

Defying the TV-industry “rules” that A) no viewer is interested in watching a situation comedy with an all-female cast and B) no viewer wants to see anybody over the age of 34, The Golden Girls was one of the few sitcoms in which all of the regulars were women, and none was under the age of 50 — and it turned out be NBC’s biggest hit of the 1985-1986 season.

Set in a small Miami neighborhood, the series starred Bea Arthur as divorced substitute teacher Dorothy Zbornak; Betty White as naïve, impressionable, ingenuous widowed grief counselor Rose Nylund; Rue McClanahan as museum worker Blanche Devereaux, another widow, but hardly naïve — in fact, sex was the foremost thought in her mind at all times; and Estelle Getty as Dorothy’s octogenarian mother, Sophia Petrillo, who had lost all her “tact cells” after a stroke and thus spoke her mind at all times, much to everyone’s embarrassment.

Blanche owned the house that she shared with Rose and Dorothy, with Sophia moving in on the trio after her retirement home burned down (a conflagration which, it was revealed late in the series, she had a hand in!). From time to time, the four roommates were visited by various relatives and offspring, none of whom could be called regulars (in fact, few of these peripheral characters were ever played by the same actors more than once).

Seen on a more frequent basis were Dorothy’s ne’er-do-well former husband, Stan (Herb Edelman), who, even though he’d dumped her for a much younger woman, constantly appeared on Dorothy’s doorstep to cry on her shoulder or try to get her involved in his latest get-rich-quick scheme; and Rose’s erstwhile boyfriend Miles Webber (Harold Gould), a well-meaning nebbish who turned out to be a former Mob accountant living in the Witness Relocation Program! The series ended with a hour-long episode in which Dorothy married Blanche’s uncle Lucas (Leslie Nielsen), obliging the roommates to seek out new domiciles.

Created by Susan Harris of Soap fame, The Golden Girls debuted September 14, 1985, and ended its NBC run on May 9, 1992; the Emmy-winning series ranked among America’s ten most popular programs in every season but its last. Golden Girls also spawned two spin-offs: Empty Nest and The Golden Palace.

The Golden Girls, Monday – Friday 5.30pm & Weekend Doubles 6.20pm, on Fox Classics

Season 4
Episode
Date & time
 
5: Bang The Drum, Stanley
 
5: Bang The Drum, Stanley
Mon 1 July·8:00pm
4: Yokel Hero
 
4: Yokel Hero
Fri 28 June·8:00pm
3: The One That Got Away
 
3: The One That Got Away
Fri 28 June·7:30pm
2: Days And Nights Of Sophia Petrillo
 
2: Days And Nights Of Sophia Petrillo
Thu 27 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 28 June·6:25am
1: Yes, We Have No Havanas
 
1: Yes, We Have No Havanas
Thu 27 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 28 June·6:00am
25: Mother's Day
 
25: Mother's Day
Wed 26 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 27 June·6:25am
24: Mister Terrific
 
24: Mister Terrific
Wed 26 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 27 June·6:00am
23: Mixed Blessing
 
23: Mixed Blessing
Tue 25 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 26 June·6:25am
22: Rose's Big Adventure
 
22: Rose's Big Adventure
Tue 25 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 26 June·6:00am
21: Larceny And Old Lace
 
21: Larceny And Old Lace
Mon 24 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 25 June·6:25am
20: And MA Makes Three
 
20: And MA Makes Three
Mon 24 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 25 June·6:00am
19: Golden Moments - Part 2
 
19: Golden Moments - Part 2
Fri 21 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 24 June·6:25am
18: Golden Moments - Part 1
 
18: Golden Moments - Part 1
Fri 21 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 24 June·6:00am
17: My Brother, My Father
 
17: My Brother, My Father
Thu 20 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 21 June·6:25am
16: Grab That Dough
 
16: Grab That Dough
Thu 20 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 21 June·6:00am
15: Dorothy's New Friend
 
15: Dorothy's New Friend
Wed 19 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 20 June·6:25am
14: Blanche's Little Girl
 
14: Blanche's Little Girl
Wed 19 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 20 June·6:00am
13: The Artist
 
13: The Artist
Tue 18 June·8:00pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 19 June·6:25am
12: Charlie's Buddy
 
12: Charlie's Buddy
Tue 18 June·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 19 June·6:00am
10: Love, Rose
 
10: Love, Rose
Sun 30 June·8:30am
9: Joust Between Friends
 
9: Joust Between Friends
Sat 29 June·8:30am
8: Vacation
 
8: Vacation
Sun 23 June·8:30am
7: Family Affair
 
7: Family Affair
Sat 22 June·8:30am