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The Golden Girls: Season 5 (1985)

Beatrice Arthur , Rue McClanahan  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Estelle Getty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 616 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Golden Girls: Season 5" on IMDb

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Travel to Miami for a visit with the original girls gone wild, The Golden Girls! Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty are back for Season Five of this multiple Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning comedy. These four young-at-heart ladies couldn't be more different, but they stick together through thick and thin. Enjoy every side-splitting episode of Season Five in this laugh-packed DVD box set, complete with exclusive bonus material. The hilarious adventures include Sophia going on a bulk-buying binge, Rose and Blanche joining a protest to save some dolphins and Dorothy dating a real clown. The girls are also joined by classic guest stars including Dick Van Dyke, and they just might be paid a visit by the Commander in Chief himself! It's off-the-wall entertainment at its finest from the gals who wrote the recipe for great comedy.

It's a good sign when a new year begins with Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development) and ends with Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap, The Simpsons). Tambor shows up as Dorothy's doctor in the The Golden Girls two-part fifth season premiere ("Sick and Tired"). Unfortunately, he isn't able to determine why she's feeling run down, so she pays a visit to Empty Nest's Dr. Weston (Richard Mulligan, who returns a few episodes later). Blanche (Rue McClanahan), meanwhile, decides to become a romance novelist, despite the fact that she can't write. Dorothy (Bea Arthur) will eventually find out she has chronic fatigue syndrome (an affliction shared by writer/creator Susan Harris, who'll soon exit the show), while the flighty Blanche will retire from writing as suddenly as she took it up. Then she'll get the news that her daughter, Rebecca, has decided to become a single mother--via artificial insemination. Blanche is aghast. As for Rose, she'll get a new job as the assistant to a consumer affairs reporter and find second love with professor Miles Webber (Harold Gould). Other guests during the 1989-1990 season include Dick Van Dyke ("Love Under the Big Top"), Robert Culp ("Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom-Tom"), and a pre-Law & Order Jerry Orbach ("Cheaters"). Then there's Shearer ("The President's Coming! The President's Coming!"), who provides the voice for the first George Bush. Also, Marc Cherry, the man behind Desperate Housewives, receives his first writing credit, while Mark Moses--now best known as the murderous Rex--appears as Blanche's stepson. Unlike previous sets, this collection includes commentary from Arthur, McClanahan, and White. --Kathleen C Fennessy

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188 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episodes January 31, 2006
I am overjoyed to see that this wonderful series has finally come to DVD. I have watched it for many years on television and recorded all their episodes (thirty tapes worth). After all these years, it is still one of my all time favorite shows due to its atmosphere of camaraderie, coziness, and interesting story lines. The main characters were so well acted that I feel as though they were members of my own family. However, the secondary actors generally did a very poor job.

For those of you who are devoted fans you might be interested in this list of episodes and summaries that I have compiled :

1. Sick and Tired Part 1 :

Dorothy begins to feel rather sick for no apparent reason. She visits numerous doctors who treat her as though she is crazy since they are unable to diagnose her malady. Simultaneously, Blanche begins to write a romance novel.

2. Sick and Tired Part 2 :

Finally, Dorothy is able to locate a doctor who is sympathetic to her problem. He explains to her that she does, in actuality have a malady entitled Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, that has just been discovered. Later, when the girls are at a restaurant, Dorothy encounters one of her previous doctors and embarrasses him in front of the entire restaurant when she delivers her sermon against the conceit and unwillingness of some doctors to believe their patients when they are truly ill.

3. The Accurate Conception :

Blanche disapproves when her unmarried daughter, Rebecca, decides to get artificially inseminated.

4. Rose Fights Back :

When Charlie's old company goes bankrupt, they send Rose a letter telling her that they can no longer send her the pension she had been receiving.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I love the Golden Girls, and have watched them since the shows network debut in 1985. I was saddened and disappointed that for this fifth season release, (unlike the first four season releases) many of the episodes in this collection are edited from the original network airings. Although still much longer than the current Lifetime airings, these are nonetheless not complete, and in some cases have left out important dialogue. The show is as wonderful as ever, but more care should be taken so this does not happen again
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Girls: Season Five February 23, 2006
"The Golden Girls" continued to pour on the laughs as it went into Season Five. For this season the show had something new. The original writing team that wrote many of the episodes of "The Golden Girls" during its first four seasons decided to leave and pursue other projects. So a new staff of writers came on to write the episodes, and for the most part did a very good job. However, Season Five was slightly weaker than the previous four seasons. While most the episodes for the fifth season did have its share of big laughs, there were a few episodes that seemed to lack the comedy that all the episodes from the first four seasons had, and this seemed obvious with a new writing team. On the bright side, director Terry Hughes was back to direct the episodes, but Season Five would eventually be his final season at the helm of "The Golden Girls". His directing of the episodes in Season Five kept this show on top. After he left, the show started to lose a little of its greatness and comic edge in its final two seasons.

SEASON FIVE (1989-90)
The new writing team of "The Golden Girls" tried to do some new things to keep this show at the top of its game, and throughout Season Five came up with some good ideas and a new ongoing storyline. That storyline was Rose meeting a charming guy who would become her new boyfriend. That charming guy was Miles, who was wonderfully played by Harold Gould. Gould, who guest starred in the third episode of "The Golden Girls" way back in its first season, was terrific in this role and turned up in a couple of episodes in Season Five. This storyline with Rose and Miles was a winner. It was a little change of pace that the show needed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Golden Girls, But Why No discount? April 25, 2006
By Michael
The Golden Girls season five gets Five stars! But the price doesn't! Why is the price so high? Don't we usually get a discount? I too have purchased seasons 1-4 through Amazon ( like another reviewer)however because of the price hike, I too will be purchasing it from another cheaper store.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing scenes!!!!! May 18, 2006
By S. Rink
Big failing in this DVD set!!!! There are several episodes that are edited. Some drastically! That angers me because what's the point of having them on DVD without uncut episodes! Buena Vista better learn from this because I won't be purchasing the other two sets unless they are complete! Grrrrr.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PRICE IS MUCH CHEAPER AT CIRCUIT CITY May 7, 2006
I can't, for the life of me, understand why amazon is charging so much for the golden girls season 5. Let alone the Golden Girls, but EVERYTHING here is so expensive. Everybody loves Raymond is 29.99 too at Circuit City, why do you charge so much for your DVD's????????????? I must say that I am quite disappointed with I will never again buy anything or preorder anything from amazon anymore,,,I just go to Cuircut City and get it there. I hope I have helped some people out by telling you this. AND THE GOLDEN GIRLS are the BEST!!!!!!! I live in Tampa Florida ;o}
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