The seventh season wasn't just the last for NBC's Golden Girls
: It was the best. As it begins, the four remain single after Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur) calls off her second wedding to Stan (Herb Edelman) in the previous season. It's no catastrophe, however, as the roommates still enjoy each other's company as much as ever, despite the occasional quarrel. Rose (Betty White), for instance, is none too happy when she find what she thinks is evidence of an affair between Blanche (Rue McLanahan) and her late husband, Charlie ("Hey, Look Me Over"). On the bright side, Rose continues to see lovable cheapskate Miles (Harold Gould). Highlights include "Where's Charlie," a spoof of Bull Durham
--or "Dances With Bulls," as Sophia dubs it--in which Blanche teaches a baseball player (Tim Thomerson) to embrace his feminine side, and "Dateline: Miami," in which she tries to deflower a former priest (Fred Willard). As with Blanche's other best laid plans, the results arent quite as expected. Other seventh season guests include Tony Plana ("The Case of the Libertine Belle"), Peter Graves ("Mother Load"), Ken Howard ("The Commitments"), Merv Griffin and Alex Trebek ("Questions and Answers"), and Leslie Nielsen ("One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest"), who steals Dorothy's heart.
In the final season, Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) was promoted from story editor to producer. (It can't be completely coincidental that the man who helped make 40 the new 30 first helped make 60 the new 40.) As with most other sets, however, there are no cast or crew commentaries. Fortunately, the wonders of syndication and DVD technology allow fans to relive all seven years of Sophia's "Picture this..." stories about Sicily, Rose's loopy recollections about St. Olaf, Blanche's over-the-top sexual exploits, and Dorothy's delightfully deadpan expressions. Now, who's for another slice of cheesecake? --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Complete your collection with the seventh and final season of the award-winning series THE GOLDEN GIRLS. Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty are back for more laughter, friendship and fun, along with one last helping of cheesecake. Enjoy every moment of Season Seven in this unforgettable DVD box set, capped off with exclusive bonus material. The girls travel to Atlanta to save Blanche's family estate, Dorothy tries out to be a contestant on "Jeopardy!", Rose's investigative journalism gets her friends in hot water with the police and Sophia has a run-in with the Pope. With an exclusive nostalgic retrospective and terrific guest stars like Leslie Nielsen, Merv Griffin and Alex Trebek, the girls go out with a bang. From the hilarious season opener to the tearful farewell, THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON is a fitting conclusion to one of the most beloved series of all time.