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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
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The original receipant was lured in by my beautiful wrapping job. He was less than thrilled. Luckily he was relieved of this set by a lady who knew her mom would love them. He went on to get a bottle of Bacardi Gold so he was happy.
As for the Golden Girls - this series is from the golden age of sitcoms. The cast was excellent and the humor was dead on. I've been a Betty White fan for decades because of this show and I'm glad the girls are able to continue to bring joy to others.
Even though it is the first season, there aren't any growing pains and runs smoothly from the start. Watching the first season does make you wish the quality of the writing had held up through the end, but the acting from the very first episode is stellar. God know where they found the ugly outfits Dorothy always wore!
Best first season of any t.v. series ever.
Rather that discuss each episode point by point, I leave you with this. Each story gets better and better, laughs become louder and more frequent, and the enjoyment is constant. A wonderful series, and a great escape from reality!
i picked this up as i decided awhile back that i wanted to own the series-- when it arrived despite being a "brand new" copy the shrink wrap was not anywhere near as tight as it should have been, there was obvious wear and tear on the inner and outer sleeves and disc 2 was scratched pretty badly on the back. KUDOS to amazon's customer service as they quickly sent me out a replacement season and i had it the next day.
started watching it the other night and laughed and laughed.
i can't wait to get the other seasons as well.
A fan Zborn again!!!