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"Thankyou for being a friend"
on August 8, 2010
This special set is being issued to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of THE GOLDEN GIRLS. The show ran from 1985 to 1992, earning legions of fans worldwide. An unexpected smash for NBC, THE GOLDEN GIRLS told the story of four older women living together, and happily growing old disgracefully, in Miami. Brainy, self-assured divorcee Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), sultry, sex-mad Southern belle Blanche Deveraux (Rue McClanahan), sweet, simple-minded St. Olafian Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Dorothy's acid-tongued mother Sophia (Estelle Getty), on the run from Shady Pines Retirement Home.
This complete series set sadly won't feature any new bonus content (the only special new things will be a deck of novelty playing cards and the packaging, designed to resemble Sophia's trademark wicker purse). So in essence those who've already purchased the individual season sets won't have a great reason to double-dip unless you really want the purse--which is quite a novelty for the hardcore fans.
Extra features varied throughout the seperate season sets, but here's a quick run-down for those who didn't buy them:
Season 1 - A fashion commentary feature hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers
Season 2 - "Go for the Gold" Interactive Trivia Game
Season 3 - "Golden Moments" montage, "Golden Girls" Interactive Scrapbook
Season 4 - "Top Ten Guest Stars of Season 4" countdown
Season 5 - Audio commentaries for key episodes, hosted by Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan
Season 6 - Excerpt from a 2006 cast/crew reunion Q&A held at the Museum of Television & Radio
Season 7 - "Thankyou for Being a Friend" retrospective with Arthur, White and McClanahan
It's hard to imagine a more perfect sitcom (save perhaps "I Love Lucy"), in terms of how the writing, humour and performances never seem to become dated. It's still as fresh and vital as it was during the original run. How many sitcoms give you serious belly laughs, re-run after re-run? This show does! THE GOLDEN GIRLS will always be in my Top Five favourite sitcoms; these ladies have truly endeared themselves and I can't see a week through without playing at least one or two episodes.
Now, how about DVD releases for "The Golden Palace" and "Empty Nest"? C'mon! I want a COMPLETE "Golden Girls" set!