The Golden Girls was an American sitcom created by Susan Harris which ran from 1985 to 1992.
The series introduced us to the characters of Dorothy (Bea Arthur) strong, smart and sarcastic, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) fun-loving, outgoing and promiscuous, Rose (Betty White) upbeat, naïve and a bit of pushover and Sophia (Estelle Getty) Dorothy’s mother, opinionated, brutally honest but with a heart of gold.
Four very different personalities who complimented each other and became the best of friends. Each character brought a unique dynamic to the plot which the viewer could learn from, identify with and laugh at.
The show was shot in front of a live studio audience with many episodes following the same format. One or more of them would have some sort of problem, often involving men, a family member or a moral dilemma. At some point they would all discuss it around the kitchen table eating cheesecake. They would tell a story from their own life which would relate to the situation though Rose would often tell stories which were nonsense and Sophia would tell obvious made up stories.
The series helped to change the perception of women over 50 portraying them as having fulfilling and fun lives as well as tackling controversial topics for its time which included Adultery, Abortion and AIDS.
The series was wonderfully written and extremely funny winning 11 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globes through its 7 seasons whilst paving the way for shows such as Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives.
The Golden Girls was produced by The Walt Disney Company under the Touchstone Television label with the cast being named as Disney Legends in 2009.