The Golden Girls is an American sitcom created by Susan Harris, which originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. Produced by Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, in association with Touchstone Television, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas and Harris served as the series' original executive producers.
The Golden Girls received positive reviews throughout most of its run and won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. All four stars each received an Emmy Award throughout the series' run and had multiple nominations. The series also ranked among the top ten highest-rated programs for six out of its seven seasons.
The series revolves around four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. The owner of the home is a widow named Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), who was joined by fellow widow Rose Nylund (Betty White) and divorcée Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur). They both responded to a room-for-rent ad on the bulletin board of a local grocery store. In the pilot episode the women had a gay cook named Coco, who was eliminated immediately because there was already not enough dialogue for the three women. The three were soon joined by Dorothy's mother, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) after her Shady Pines retirement home burned down.
The series featured four main characters throughout its run, with many other characters recurring throughout all seven seasons.
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