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"Picture it"....THE GOLDEN GIRLS on DVD!

  • Jul 13, 2005
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At long-last, fans of THE GOLDEN GIRLS can take home the hilarious first season of their favourite sitcom. The groundbreaking series earned over 50 Emmy Award nominations during it's run, including awards for each of the main players.

Picture it: Miami, 1985. Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Blanche Deveraux (Rue McClanahan), Rose Nylund (Betty White) and Dorothy's mother Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) share a house in the sunny city.

Each of the characters is beautifully-defined: Dorothy is the strong, self-assured and self-appointed `leader' of the group, a substitute teacher whose ex-husband Stan often shows up to stir the mix. Blanche is the Southern Belle whose main interest in life is men..and more men. Rose is the simple farmer's daughter who hails from St. Olaf (the town that common sense forgot). Sophia is the sharp-tongued barb whose antics more often than not steal the show.

The laughs never diminish with this series, and the jokes still hold up after numerous repeated viewings. This is largely thanks to the expert writing of Susan Harris (who also created SOAP, another fine series worth collecting on disc), and of course the impressive ladies who portray these characters so well.

The first season includes many episodes which are some of the best in the series, including "In a Bed of Rose's" where grieving widow Rose finally commits to a new relationship, only to have her boyfriend suddenly expire; "The Break-In" where the girls have a frightening encounter with burglars; and "The Way We Met" where the girls reminisce about the start of their friendship (and how it almost never happened).

So break out the cheesecake, and settle back. THE GOLDEN GIRLS are on DVD...can anything be more perfect?!

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review by . May 22, 2005
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 …
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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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