The Golden Girls
I’ve been obsessed with Golden Girl reruns for the last couple months. Man, they were amazing. Such a funny bunch of ladies. Comedic geniuses, I say. Soooo many amazing quotes, but what really amazes me is the subject matter. It was a really avant-garde show for its time. Think about it, it ran from 1985 to 1992 and it featured not only three, but four middle-aged women as its stars. You don’t see that every day. Please don’t quote Sex and the City to me. Totally not the same deal.
Sure, there’s a lot of sitting around eating cheese cake and talking about sex, but they also tackle themes like abortion, motherhood, homosexuality, racism, interracial relationships, agism, menopause, and on and on like that. I was a kid when it first played on TV, but I was a fan back then as well as now. Sure, I probably didn’t get the importance of some of the issues that played out on the screen in front of me, but the laughs were still there.
There’s a new show that just started called Hot in Cleveland. It stars Betty White as a Sophia type character: an eighty year old that says the darndest things, and three women in their 40’s who relocate to Cleveland via LA, because the men in Ohio seem to dig them even though they’re sooo old according to LA standards. Sounds pretty familiar to me and it’s not nearly as good. Although, Betty White still kicks comedic ass.
The Golden Girls ate a lot of cheesecake (a classic moment in all episodes), but they also had real and frank discussions about sex and sexuality in general. This was almost two decades before Sex and the City. Ahem, Sex and the City might have raised a few eyebrows with all its sex talk, but The Golden Girls were there before anyone else.