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The Q Guide to The Golden Girls (Pop Culture Out There Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2006
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After entering a new profession while raising two sons alone - I was busy, and did not see them in reruns. One channel I had on my cable started showing consecutive episodes last summer - - I was hooked! Shortly after this discovery, instead of raising my fees, my cable co. took away half my channels. After that marvelous tease, I could not see them again! Instead of doubling my bill to get the channel back, I started buying the DVDs! I spent less than the increase of my bill for 2 months to buy all seasons. Now I can watch them all anytime forever!
After watching all seasons twice, I was interested in more behind the scene details. I read the reviews of this book - -wasn't sure, decided for the price, it was worth taking a chance.
The book is very good for providing not only details of the show, but how it was perceived at the time. Of course, I knew the gay perspective was an integral part of the writing, and thought that might be insightful. As it turns out, I think I understand now more the human, day to day side of living what our society sees as an alternative lifestyle.
The information gleaned from that viewpoint was as good and important as the tidbits about GG. It was not an "in your face" tone, but more a genuine explanation of many things as an incidental anecdote. In addition, the book was published in 2005, but is describing the impact the show had on viewers of the 80's & early 90's. That was an almost dizzying experience for me because of all the changes in our society's attitudes and conscience - - not just about the gay issue, though - -many others.
I lived through those changes in real time, which is gradual in nature - -however, making a leap back is almost shocking. The author is enthusiastic and colorful in describing what he likes, but I did not pick up on a vindictive tone.
I felt like I'd been through a good sociological examination of a time period in which I experienced in my lifetime. It was hard to put down, and deserves a second read. I thought it was a great book.
As a fan of the show for nearly 25 years, I was certain I'd read it all in the old TV Guides, People magazines and tabloids I've bought through the years.
Boy, was I wrong!
This 200-page softcover book is an absolute treat filled with delicious tidbits of information from the actresses themselves, guest stars such as Monte Markham, Charles Levin, Peggy Pope, Lois Nettleton, Dena Dietrich, Betty Garrett, Lyle Waggoner and more.
We hear from a couple of actresses who almost become Golden Girls, as well as more behind-the-scenes info from various writers and crew.
Instead of a complete episode guide, the book focuses on the gay-themed episodes and those with a Campy Guest Star quotient.
The cover art by the wonderful Glen Hanson is the best caricature of the Girls I've seen yet.
This is a fabulous, fun read that I finished in just a few short hours. Get it!