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The Golden Girls: Season 1

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An Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Comedy Series in its very first year, THE GOLDEN GIRLS has become a landmark in television history and an all-time fan favorite. Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty star as four South Florida seniors sharing a house, their dreams, and a whole lot of cheesecake. Bright, promiscuous, clueless, and hilarious, these lovely mismatched ladies form the perfect circle of friends. Experience all 25 laugh-packed episodes of Season One in this spectacular 3-disc set, including the series pilot and an exclusive bonus feature that offers a whole new look at the show. It's all the provocative fun and entertainment you remember ... and so much more.


Launched during the neon-lit 1980s, The Golden Girls shed light on a side of Miami ignored by Miami 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 Girls re-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 on Maude), by playing a comic version of A 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 called The Brighton Belles. By the end of its run in 1992, it had garnered numerous awards, including two Emmys for best comedy series. In addition, each of the four actresses received a well-deserved Emmy for her efforts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

Fashion Commentary -- Joan And Melissa Rivers provide their own unique brand of fashion critique in a hilarious featurette that pays tribute to the crazy, kitschy wardrobes of THE GOLDEN GIRLS.

Product Details

  • Actors: Betty White
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 617 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (615 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W4SX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Golden Girls: Season 1" on IMDb

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For over three years, now, many Golden Girls fans (including myself) have been requesting this. Now, that dream has finally come to fruition. All twenty-five original episodes are on this set. Below are the listings of the episode summaries and special features for this DVD.

01: "The Engagement (Pilot Episode)"

The debut of the series entails Sophia, Dorothy's mother, moving in with the girls after the retirement home she had stayed at burned down. Blanche's latest boyfriend, Harry, proposes marriage, but it gives the girls a bad feeling.

02: "Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?"

Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement. She's engaged to a podiatrist named Dennis. Dorothy is thrilled but her happiness quickly turns to anger when she realizes that ex-husband, Stan, is going to be invited.

03: "Rose the Prude"

Having not dated since her husband died, Rose reluctantly agrees to go on a blind date. This date turns into a serious relationship when she is invited on a cruise which would involve sharing a stateroom.

04: "Transplant"

Blanche's sister, Virginia, comes to Miami for a visit and Blanche is convinced she's after something. Later, while out to dinner, she learns just what Virginia is after: Blanche's kidney.

05: "The Triangle"

Dorothy is dating Dr. Elliot Clayton. Dr. Clayton makes a pass at Blanche, but Dorothy doesn't believe her when Blanche tells her about it. After a fight over the subject, Blanche orders Dorothy to leave the house.

06: "On Golden Girls"

Blanche's 14-year old grandson comes to Miami for a visit and brings a new meaning to the term "generation gap", by doing more than his share of provocation.
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After reading other reviews i see that i'm not the only Golden Girls freak! I, like many others have been waiting a looooong time for this DVD to be released. (Gee, now if we could only see Mary Tyler Moore season two come to fruition). What a wonderful Christmas gift this would be for a friend who loves The Golden Girls or as a present for yourself! This show is is an all time classic, winning Emmys for each Golden Girl and best comedy! Shows of this caliber don't come along that often. Golden Girls fans REJOICE!!!!! *******And the new gets better!!! I just read on the Ultimate Disney website that SEASON TWO of The Golden Girls is to be released in the spring of 2005!!!!!*******
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What Episodes Are Included in this DVD Release:

1st Season 1985


Blanche has been dating a wonderful man named Harry, whom the others suspect is about to propose to her.

"Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?"

Another planned marriage gives Dorothy a rare opportunity for revenge. When daughter Kate decides to marry a podiatrist, Dorothy is forced to invite her despised ex-husband Stan.

"Rose the Prude"

Rose has qualms about sharing her stateroom on an upcoming cruise to the Bahamas with a man she likes.


Blanche is dreading a visit from her hated sister Virginia, who always took everything that meant anything to Blanche.

"The Triangle"

The doctor who comes to treat Sophia's high blood pressure captivates both Dorothy and Blanche.

"On Golden Girls"

A visit from Blanche's undisciplined 14-year-old grandson David, whose parents are on a second honeymoon in an attempt to patch up their shaky marriage, gives new meaning to the term "generation gap."

"The Competition"

It's Sophia and Rose vs. Dorothy and Blanche in a bowling tournament.


Terrified by a burglary, the girls explore means to protect themselves, including a dog, an alarm system, Mace and a gun.

"Blanche and the Younger Man"

Blanche dates her very much younger aerobics instructor and gets a new lease on youth.

"Heart Attack"

After a party Sophia suffers an apparent heart attack, complaining of "Pavarotti sitting on my chest," and the girls nervously await paramedics who are delayed by a storm.
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It has been a long time coming. We have been waiting for this DVD to come out for what seems like a lifetime. Although one can watch the Golden Girls various times of the day, how nice it will be to own my favorite program on DVD. This is the best thing since Sperheuven Krispies!
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Well, I'm back with my follow up of this release. Having all the original NBC episodes on tape, I watched all the episodes on these DVDs and thankfully, their all intact, match word for word, scene for scene and camera angle for camera angle! Even the opening credits are accurate. The first season, which most people don't know, the Golden Girls title was displayed over the Miami skyscrapers, not the water/river scene in seasons 2-7. I'm so grateful to Buena Vista and Disney for bringing this one of a kind wonder to DVD for my generation and every future generation to relish. As for the commentary with Joan and Melissa, it was funny and they admit that it was Florida in the 80's and pastels were in...yet some of the comments I thought were a tad over the top. So I give this five stars plus two thumbs up, any Golden Girl fan should add this to their collection!
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Alternate choice to have played Rose (sorry to all you Betty White fans)
What does it matter if you thought that Van Patten was prettier? I appreciate the fact that you thought she may have played the character better, but it shouldn't be based on her looks.
May 3, 2008 by M. Green |  See all 2 posts
May Bea rest in peace
Amen. She was a "wonderful old broad" as they said back in the day! Can't believe she has been gone so long!
May 8, 2013 by DC |  See all 2 posts
May Rue rest in peace
I remember Rue also as Maude's friend on the old tv series. They seemed just as close as Lucy and Viv was on The Lucy Show.
Jun 4, 2010 by Bill Mobley |  See all 2 posts
Rest in Peace Ms. Estelle Getty
The Golden Girls is the only thing that can automatically bring a smile to my face, thanks for the laughs, RIP.
Jul 22, 2008 by Michael Griswold |  See all 4 posts
A future project?
I completely agree! I love love love The Golden Girls series. Their characters are like my best friends! (Even though that makes me sound like a loser- haha!)
But, seriously, The Golden Girls series was full of good, clean fun, with sexual innuendos, girl humor, and hysterical moments about... Read More
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