Thanks for the memories.
Cancel all your plans and start a marathon of the Golden Girls immediately, because today is the 25th anniversary of when the final episode of The Golden Girls aired. The only way to properly mark the occasion is with cheesecake and a few belly laughs.
Each week, viewers would tune in to the lives, loves, and laughter of the four roommates of a certain age—Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia. Over the course of the show’s 183-episode run, fans met Blanche’s many suitors, laughed at tales from Rose’s childhood in St. Olaf, and braced themselves for Dorothy’s zingers (which she learned from her mother, Sophia, of course!) The show reminded viewers that life (and love and friendship) doesn’t end just because you’ve retired to Florida.
After seven seasons on the air, Dorothy (Bea Arthur) was ready to move on from the series, so the producers decided the show should draw to an end. It may have been awhile since you saw the finale, but the series ended with Dorothy marrying Blanche’s uncle (played by Leslie Nielsen). As Dorothy moved out, Blanche decided to sell the house in which she and her friends had shared so many good times.
Of course, true fans and trivia buffs will remember that when Golden Girls ended, Golden Palace rose from the ashes. The spin-off series followed Rose, Blanche, and Sophia as they bought embarked on a new adventure—running a hotel with the help of Cheech Marin and Don Cheadle. The Golden Palace only lasted a season.
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While Golden Palace is hard to find online, Golden Girls is streaming on Hulu which makes it very easy to pay tribute to one of the greatest, funniest, most heart-warming TV shows that ever aired, cheesecake not included.
Looking for a good place to start your Golden Girls marathon? Here are the ten best episodes of the show.