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A "Golden" Experience

  • May 22, 2005
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This first season release is great. The episodes have been reviewed and listed ten times over, so there's no need to do that again in this review. I agree, this is great, it's what fans have been waiting for. My only question is why is it so skimpy on the bonus features? The fashion commentary by Joan and Melissa Rivers is good, funny, but ... why just that? I'd have liked to see some interviews with three actresses who are still around and able to speak, but we get none of that. I feel this makes the release a bit weak. We don't even have commentary from the creators!

Still, it's a pretty good release of this great, and perhaps classic, series. I actually like the effort that went into designing the box; you have their faces on the front, pictures of them all within the actual package. The discs are packed nicely into a fold-out insert that's fully designed and decorated with pictures from the first season. The menus are easy to get around; an easy "play all" feature that'll take you through all the episodes on the discs enables you to just pop it in, sit back, and watch without havin to get up and change in between each episode.

The writing is great. Always funny while tackling serious situations. "Adult Education" deals with Blanche facing sexual harrassment, "Blind Ambitions" deals with Rose's blind sister wanting her to move in with her and leave the girls, "the Operation" deals with Dorthy facing her fear and the girls helping her by revealing some of their own fears. There are also a lot of humorous episodes, such as "The Competition" that shows the more competitive side of Rose, "In a Bed of Rose's" where a man dies in Rose's bed after she brings him home, and "The Way We Met" which is the last episode of the season that shows how this entire living situation came around.

It's one of those T.V. shows that everyone should be aware of. Old women talking about life, sex and many other subjects ... that's entertainment. I think once you watch, you'll be hooked. Definately worth your money and attention.

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Launched during the neon-lit 1980s,The Golden Girlsshed light on a side of Miami ignored byMiami Vice. In other words, no drugs, no murder--just four women of "a certain age," spending their golden years in the sun. Like the theme, "Thank You for Being a Friend," the long-running sitcom was about friendship (not crime). As for the "girls," they were tart-tongued Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur), former farm girl Rose (Betty White), Southern belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan), and Dorothy's salty Sicilian mother Sophia (Estelle Getty). All were widows, with the exception of the divorced Dorothy. Created by Emmy-winning producer Susan Harris (Soap),The Golden Girlsre-ignited the careers of 1970s TV veterans Arthur (All in the Family,Maude) and White (The Mary Tyler Moore Show). At the same time, it made stars of McClanahan (who co-starred onMaude), by playing a comic version ofA Streetcar Named Desire's Blanche Dubois, and the scene-stealing Getty, made to look older than her actual age (she and Arthur were born the same year).

Notable guests to lend their talents to the first season include Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo ("The Operation"), Alice's Polly Holliday ("Blind Ambitions"), and WKRP in Cincinnati's Gordon Jump ("Big Daddy"). In addition, Harold Gould (Rhoda), who appears in "Rose the Prude," would return as a (different) recurring character five years later.

The Golden Girls ran for seven seasons and spawned spin-off The Golden Palace (without Arthur) and a British version...

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Genre: Television, Comedy
Studio: National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Cast: Betty White
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004

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