Ex-husbands, children, and best friends are just a few of the elements that helped to make “The Golden Girls” one of the best sitcoms to grace cable television — and the show’s 11 Emmy wins (including two for comedy series) can back that statement.
Watching Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Blanche (Rue McClanahan), Rose (Betty White) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) as they get caught up in the most absurd shenanigans and running through their fair share of men is a treat for a viewer of any age — and for those not in their golden years, it offers a pleasant promise that life does get better with age. As Sophia says, “No matter how bad things get, remember these sage words: You’re old, you sag, get over it.”
As with most old sitcoms that reflect the times of their glory days, some of the show’s jokes and story lines have become outdated with today’s audience (especially after the Black Lives Matter Movement and its reckoning in Hollywood), prompting viewers to look at the show with new and critical eyes; and, rightfully so. Blanche’s love for the confederacy and the hey days of the South with her Mammy and Big Daddy was and still is something to be discussed, but it’s also indicative of America’s very real history. And the show’s less than satisfactory inclusion of POC with story lines unrelated to their race is something people in Hollywood are continuing to fight against. However, the show pushed new narratives (when given the chance) in a number of ways. “The Golden Girls” tackled taboo topics like homelessness, immigration, homosexuality, sexual harassment, and HIV.
For all of these reasons, here are the show’s 25 best episodes ranked.