From the mid-’80s to the early 90’s one sitcom stood out in its portrayal of older people, setting a “golden” standard that’s yet to be matched. The Golden Girls premiere on September 14. 1985 and ran until May 9, 1992. The show’s premise was a first for TV, featuring four older women living together as housemates in Florida.
Now, the concept wasn’t entirely new; there had been many roommate sitcoms such as “The Odd Couple” and “Perfect Strangers,” to name a few. However, what made Golden Girls special was how the show finally gave older women on TV the opportunity to be the main focus of a show.
Prior, TV shows rarely featured older women unless they were in supporting roles and under 50. Growing up, I could think of very few older women being featured in my favorite shows. Perhaps the one the jumps out at me the most is Granny Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies.
And while all the ladies on the Golden Girls were incredibly talented, most fans agree that Betty White’s portrayal of Rose Nylund made the show special. Betty White’s comedic style was perfect for this character, and she was really able to pour her full talent into the role. While it’s easy to accuse Rose of being an “airhead” character, fans who really love the show know better.
Rose did indeed have her thorns, and every so often, she could set her roommates on their heels with her surprising wit. Check out some of our favorite Golden Girls scenes featuring Betty White’s Rose Nylund in the video below.
It’s hard to believe that at 99 years old, Betty’s still active going strong. Please be sure to pass this story along to your friends and family.