The Golden Girls: Season 2
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Join Dorothy, the smart one, Sophia, the glib one, Rose, the naive one, and Blanche, the ... well, you know ... for the second season of one of television's funniest shows ever, THE GOLDEN GIRLS. Loved by fans and critics alike, Season 2 garnered its second straight Emmy award for "Outstanding Comedy Series" and a Golden Globe for "Best TV Series Comedy/Musical." It's a star-filled season with special guests, including Burt Reynolds in a surprise cameo and a young George Clooney playing a Miami policeman who saves the day! Now you can "travel down the road and back again" with all 26 original episodes on one incredible 3-disc set. From the opening lines of the theme song to the end credits you'll enjoy all the racy and hilarious moments you've come to expect from THE GOLDEN GIRLS.
As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," and the second season of The Golden Girls picks up where the first ended. The same classic quartet--Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia--is back, along with their snappy retorts, shoulder pads, and cheesecake. Well, there was one change. In the season premiere, "End of the Curse," Blanche (Rue McClanahan) goes through menopause.
Highlights of the 26 episodes include "Ladies of the Evening," featuring a cameo from Burt Reynolds, just a few years prior to his own network sitcom, Evening Shade. As Blanche exclaims, "Mr. Burt Reynolds is one of our finest living actors...I mean, you put Sir Laurence Olivier in Cannonball Run--see what he can do." Then there's "Isn't It Romantic?" with Lois Nettleton (In the Heat of the Night) as Dorothy's lesbian friend, Jean, who falls for an unsuspecting Rose (Betty White). As was often the case, a sensitive subject is handled with taste and humor and resulted in an Emmy nomination for Nettleton's performance.
Further highlights include a white-wigged Nancy Walker (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda) as Sophia's long-lost sister, Angela, in "The Sisters" and "Long Day's Journey Into Marinara," and a pompadoured George Clooney (ER) in "To Catch a Neighbor." The final episode of The Golden Girls second season, "Empty Nest," features David Leisure and Oscar winner-Rita Moreno (West Side Story) and sets the scene for creator Susan Harris's 1988 spin-off, Empty Nest (although only Leisure would segue to the new show, while Soap's Richard Mulligan would take over for Moreno). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Even though it is still being shown on 4 different TV networks, I really recommend you buy your own set.
The years don't diminish the laughs or the amazing talents of these ladies.
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!
Several episodes take more serious tones in the second season to ask intriguing questions like : What do you do when your student is here illegally or what if a lesbian person admits their quite fond of you? These questions are wrapped inside of a humorous center that masks their social impact, but this was 1986 when these matters were not discussed on television much, if at all. At the end of the day, this may be the defining thing about The Golden Girls because they delved into so much untouched territory for the time period and were able to create a funny story around being so serious.