Robert “Goochi” James // Contributing writer
This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved television comedies of all time: The Golden Girls.
For seven seasons, these stunning seniors brought laughter, tears and joy to millions of women, children and men – yes, men – around the world. The series won several awards during its run, including 11 Emmys and four Golden Globes.
With this show, Blanche (Rue McClanahan), Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Rose (Betty White) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) helped create a new female-focused sitcom dynamic. The way they got through their daily lives, how they overcame obstacles and how they handled their personal relationships made this a remarkable show.
I remember having to watch this show with my mother, who started watching because of her mother.
“It’s Golden Girls time – go pop some popcorn, son!” she would tell me. I was around 6-years-old when I saw my first episode and loved it, but I didn’t become a huge fan until later on in life.
With this in mind, I decided to find a few fellow Golden Girls fans on campus. Here’s what they had to say:
The fan: Josh Nelson, graduate student in Criminal Justice.
Favorite character: “Dorothy, because of her attitude. My mom and grandma forced me to watch this show.”
What he likes about the show: “(It’s) four women trying to make it day by day, and seeing how they get through issues. … (I) love the show; it’s a good show.”
The fan: Katie Castleberry, junior majoring in Special Education
Favorite character: “Dorothy. I can relate to her; she’s mean.”
First time she saw it: “I was probably in the 7th grade. I watched it with my mom. … When I go back and visit, she says, ‘Hey, let’s watch Golden Girls.”
What she likes about the show: “They are old, they make me laugh and they have fun. It’s just like me living with my roommates.”
The fan: Adam Proctor, junior majoring in Economics
Favorite character: “Blanche. It was her personality, and she made me laugh.”
First time he saw it: “I was very young, and I watched it with my dad.”
What he likes about the show: “The really witty writing, and the interplay between characters.”
The fan: Taylor Liebhart, senior majoring in Advertising
Favorite character: “Blanche; I like her personality. She’s outgoing and honest – maybe too honest.”
First time she saw it: “During the summer of 2012. Now I have DVDs.”
What she likes about the show: “My grandma and I spent quality time with each other when we watched.”
The fan: Professor Leon Alligood, College of Media and Entertainment
Favorite character: “Rose. She was clueless as can be. Also Blanche – she was sharp.”
What he likes about the show: “(It was) four unlikely character types living together. These were all our grandmas.”
Even though all of the cast members are gone – except Betty White, who is a 93-years-young – people still watch and appreciate The Golden Girls. Whether fans watch by themselves or with family, the Girls are still as loved now as they were 30 years ago.
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