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Girls when they weren’t ‘Golden’
By just about any measure, “The Golden Girls” was among the most successful sitcoms of its time.
Its story of four older women sharing friendship and a home in Miami garnered strong viewership over its 1985-92 run on NBC, 11 Emmy Awards (include two for outstanding comedy series) and made late-in-life stars of its four leads – Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. And nearly 30 years after it left NBC’s prime-time lineup, it’s still gaining fans, making it a classic example of a sitcom that has aged well.
It also wasn’t afraid to tackle controversial topics, be it HIV/AIDS, elder care, homelessness, poverty, gay marriage or assisted suicide. And its smart writing and crisp acting by the “Girls” and the supporting cast made it must-see television and a ratings juggernaut in its Saturday time slot for six of its seven seasons.
Viewers can relive the adventures of “The Golden Girls” weekends on TV Land and CMT and streaming on Hulu.