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10 Golden Girls Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

As timeless as the day it first aired in 1985, The Golden Girls was a sitcom that showcased the different perspectives of four women of a certain age as they tackled love, careers, and friendship living together in Miami. The refreshing approach the show took to the main cast's "golden years," mainly that it wasn't the stagnant period other television programs made it out to be, meant that Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia weren't shackled with the usual corny jokes about aging.

With the immense comedic talent of Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty, there was never a dull moment for seven seasons. Between Dorothy's withering comebacks, Rose's ditzy stories St. Olaf stories, Blanche's vivacious banter, and Sophia's thorny pragmatism, there was a lot of material for memes. Here are the 10 most hilarious memes inspired by the Golden Girls that are pure comedic gold!

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10 Actors We All Forgot Appeared On The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls was an incredibly progressive show that was far ahead of its time. First airing on TV back in 1985, the series would conclude its seven-season-long run in 1992. Starring Betty White, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan, the series was a beloved piece of sitcom history.

The characters of Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and the matriarch of the group, Sophia, were all deeply praised for being so fleshed out and well-developed.

The Golden Girls is definitely timeless, and unlike many other sitcoms from that era, it has aged quite well. It was a rare show that didn't hold back or stick to stereotypes when portraying older women. The Golden Girls always delivered in the comedy department, while remaining sophisticated and classy.

Over the years that the series was on the air, several famous and notable actors would appear, portraying recurring or guest roles. Let's take a look at ten
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale
Paul Rudd’s fourth time hosting “Saturday Night Live” also coincides with the 44th season finale of the long-running late-night sketch comedy show. That’s not even a fun fact: It’s just a fact. Nothing special at all… which, unfortunately, kind of describes this season finale. It’s not Paul Rudd’s fault though, because Paul Rudd is a man who can make a spectacle out of something mundane (for celebrities) like going on “Conan.”

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Perhaps more than any other celebrity, Paul Rudd has major Best Man Energy, which makes this the most perfect opening monologue one could ever have on “SNL.” Sure, this is a guy who can play a dirtbag and a weirdo among the best of them — which he does here, at least in the case of the latter — but the Rudd charm is that of a man who will give you a proper best man speech.
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Peter Mayhew Dies: ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca Actor Was 74

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Peter Mayhew Dies: ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca Actor Was 74
Peter Mayhew, the British actor known for playing Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and two other films in the Jedi film series, has died. He was 74. Mayhew died April 30 at his North Texas home, his family announced on Twitter.

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u

— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019

Born in leafy Surrey, England, the towering Mayhew played the hirsute Chewbacca character from 1977 to 2015, beginning with the original Star Was film and carrying through to Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens before he retired from the challenging role that charmed millions of fans but never gave a glimpse of his true face on screen. For Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Listen: ‘Broad City’ Stars Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer on How ‘The Golden Girls’ Changed Their Lives

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Listen: ‘Broad City’ Stars Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer on How ‘The Golden Girls’ Changed Their Lives
Thank you for being a friend: The entire 180-episode run of “The Golden Girls” is currently available to binge on Hulu, and “Broad City” stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have been diving in.

“I’ve been watching from the pilot,” Glazer told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “It’s the best. I am finding myself f—ing LOLing. I am truly slapping my knee. It’s unbelievable. Every joke is so well-written, so well-constructed.”

The Golden Girls” ran between 1985 and 1992, and starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four women living together in a Miami house. For Jacobson and Glazer, it was comedy school — a show with big laughs, well-defined characters, and interesting relationships.

“I watched it as a kid and it was always my go-to,” Jacobson said. “I don’t think I even realized how much of an influence it was.”

Asked to
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‘The Golden Girls’: 25 greatest episodes, ranked worst to best, spotlighting Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

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‘The Golden Girls’: 25 greatest episodes, ranked worst to best, spotlighting Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty
On September 14, 1985, “The Golden Girls,” one of television’s most beloved shows premiered on NBC. And more than three decades later, television audiences still can’t get enough of the groundbreaking series about a group of older women sharing a home — and more than a few cheesecakes– in Miami. We’ve put together the definitive list of the 25 greatest episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom, ranked worst to best. Scroll through the images above to see if your favorite made the list.

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The series focused on four women sharing a home in Florida: Naive, Minnesota-born Rose (Betty White); Man-hungry Southern belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan); divorced substitute teacher Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and her acerbic, wise-cracking Italian mother Sophia (Estelle Getty). The series was a Saturday night staple for NBC and was a Top 10 ratings hit for six of its seven seasons,
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‘The Golden Girls’: 25 Greatest Episodes Ranked Worst to Best

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‘The Golden Girls’: 25 Greatest Episodes Ranked Worst to Best
On September 14, 1985, “The Golden Girls,” one of television’s most beloved shows premiered on NBC. And more than three decades later, television audiences still can’t get enough of the groundbreaking series about a group of older women sharing a home — and more than a few cheesecakes– in Miami. We’ve put together the definitive list of the 25 greatest episodes of the Emmy-winning sitcom, ranked worst to best. Scroll through the images above to see if your favorite made the list.

The series focused on four women sharing a home in Florida: Naive, Minnesota-born Rose (Betty White); Man-hungry Southern belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan); divorced substitute teacher Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and her acerbic, wise-cracking Italian mother Sophia (Estelle Getty). The series was a Saturday night staple for NBC and was a Top 10 ratings hit for six of its seven seasons, an astonishing feat considering that Saturdays are no longer considered a prime television destination.
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Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Emmy Predictions 2019: Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Last Year’s Winner: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Still Eligible: Yes.

Hot Streak: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won six years running, though the “Veep” star was ineligible last year, which led to Rachel Brosnahan’s first win. But, among the many actresses to be nominated and lose over the last seven years, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) is currently zero for the last four, Tracee Ellis Ross has lost the last three years in a row, and both Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”) have lost two years running.

Fun Fact: Only four actresses have won Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for multiple roles. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for “Veep” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”; Mary Tyler Moore for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”; Lucille Ball for “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show”; and Bea Arthur for “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.
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Get Yourself a Slice of Cheesecake Because a Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Is Coming!

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Get Yourself a Slice of Cheesecake Because a Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Is Coming!
Gather your favorite gal pals and get ready for a sweet vacation! Next year, a Golden Girls-themed cruise will allow fans to sail the seas while reveling in an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1985 classic. The cruise - hosted by Minneapolis-based party promoters Flip Phone Events - will begin on Feb. 24, 2020, and leave from Miami before making stops at Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. It will then return on Feb. 29. A cabin will reportedly cost around $1,000 per guest and passengers will get to enjoy a "One Night in St. Olaf" dance party as well as a karaoke party.

Flip Phone Events has previously hosted gatherings based on the show and figured it was time to take things to another level with a cruise. "We are avid cruisers and die-hard Golden Girls fans," Flip Phone co-owner Chad Kampe told outlet Hornet. "After two successful Golden Girls bar crawls in Minneapolis -
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Get Yourself a Slice of Cheesecake Because a Golden Girls-Themed Cruise Is Coming!

Gather your favorite gal pals and get ready for a sweet vacation! Next year, a Golden Girls-themed cruise will allow fans to sail the seas while reveling in an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1985 classic. The cruise - hosted by Minneapolis-based party promoters Flip Phone Events - will begin on Feb. 24, 2020, and leave from Miami before making stops at Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. It will then return on Feb. 29. A cabin will reportedly cost around $1,000 per guest and passengers will get to enjoy a "One Night in St. Olaf" dance party as well as a karaoke party.

Flip Phone Events has previously hosted gatherings based on the show and figured it was time to take things to another level with a cruise. "We are avid cruisers and die-hard Golden Girls fans," Flip Phone co-owner Chad Kampe told outlet Hornet. "After two successful Golden Girls bar crawls in Minneapolis -
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How to Celebrate Female Friendships on Galentine’s Day With Movies and TV Shows

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Galentine’s Day is here to remind you that romantic relationships come and go, but friends are forever.

Coined by Leslie Knope on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Feb. 13 has become a day for leaving your partners at home and honoring sisterhood over breakfast food. “It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas,” says our favorite overachiever.

In honor of the recently-spawned holiday, Variety has compiled a list of some of the best female friendship films, including everything from “Thelma & Louise” to “Girls Trip.” Each show or film also passes the Bechdel Test, so in the words of “Golden Girls” star Blanche Devereaux, “I’ve been having a good time, and there wasn’t even a man in the room.”

Beaches

Polar opposites Cc (Bette Midler) and Hillary (Barbara Hershey) have been the wind beneath each other’s wings since they were children and gone through falling for the same man,
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2: Pregnancy, Women Comics, and Censorship

Delia Harrington Dec 10, 2018

In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2, Midge deals with a kind of censorship familiar to generations of female performers.

The following contains spoilers for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2.

“…You see the thing I know the most about pregnancy is --”

With that one word, pregnancy, Midge Maisel is hustled off stage in the season two finale of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “All Alone.”

It’s easy to see why she’s be confused – we’ve previously seen Miriam perform in various states of undress (albeit facing indecency charges afterwards), and throughout this season she has said an array of four-letter onstage with no negative outcomes. As Susie points out to the host who interrupted her, the comic before her had been talking about getting “dick fungus,” something that surely must be more, “foul,” than what he deems as, “female stuff…private.”

With this bit of censorship
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Conan O’Brien Rents A Fake Family In Japan To Battle Loneliness

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Conan O’Brien Rents A Fake Family In Japan To Battle Loneliness
Japan currently has a “loneliness crisis” and what better way to cure loneliness than to rent a fake family — and that’s exactly what Conan O’Brien did in the latest installment of “Conan Without Borders.”

In “Conan Without Borders: Japan”, O’Brien discovers that there are companies all around Japan that offer family rental services so he decides to consult with Rental Family Agent Ishii Yuichi to build his own family after two days of loneliness in Tokyo. Not only that, he also says he admits his children show him very little respect and his wife is tired of his jokes.

He also goes into some serious daddy issues. He shares a story about how his father lost his father lost his temper in the ’70s when he spilled cream corn. As punishment, he was not allowed to watch an episode of The Love Boat with special guest Bea Arthur.
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Mark Hamill Still Can't Sit Through the Star Wars Holiday Special

This week, the Star Wars: Holiday Special officially turns 40 years old. The program was initially made for television, premiering on CBS back in 1978. Immediately upon its release, the special was heavily lambasted, and as a result, it was never aired on television again. The consensus seems to be that the special is so bad it's not even watchable, despite featuring the main cast of the original film. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so much, even Luke Skywalker himself hasn't been able to finish it, as actor Mark Hamill revealed on Twitter. When asked by a fan straight up if he's seen the special, Hamill replied, "Not all the way through."

Not all the way through. https://t.co/h9D1VJJbcd

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 18, 2018

Back in 1977, George Lucas would launch one of the most popular movie franchises of all time with his first Star Wars movie. Its success would quickly put a sequel into works,
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‘Golden Girls’ Aging Well: Sitcom Brand In Demand As Breakfast Cereal

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It’s been 26 years since NBC’s The Golden Girls retired from the airwaves but the geriatric sitcom is alive and well as a licensing brand name and — as flaky as it may sound — fan demand for The Golden Girls breakfast cereal is so high that boxes are being hawked on eBay for as much as $100.

The limited-edition Golden Girls multigrain cereal was introduced Sept. 30 as an in-store exclusive at Target stores and online but the sold-out quickly. The blue-hued loops were marketed as a “tasty treat, fun to eat” but the real allure was the anime-style collectible Golden Girls vinyl figures tucked inside each of the $7.99 boxes.

The vinyl figures are made by Funko Inc., the Washington state company that specializes in pop-culture tchotchkes. Funko expanded into the cereal business this past summer with a plan to make film, TV and comics properties into breakfast brands.

On Friday, Funko CEO Brian Mariotti told Deadline that two additional flavors of The Golden Girls cereal will be launched soon with new figures based on the sitcom’s quartet of characters: bossy New Yorker Dorothy (Bea Arthur); the naive airhead Rose (Betty White); Southern sexpot Blanche (Rue McClanahan); and cranky Sicilian matriarch Sophia (Estelle Getty). Funko is also launching The Golden Girls as Pez dispensers next month.

Funko often focuses on of-the-moment brands but Mariotti said The Golden Girls has a fanbase that is diverse and passionate — hence the eBay auction prices. “I’m not really surprised. A few years back we did Golden Girls pop figures and action figures, too. They did insanely well. So we knew doing the cereal and our upcoming Pez makes a ton of sense.”

Asked about the cereal flavors, Mariotti said the product is more about look than taste: “Well, the cereal is a fruity flavor, but the key thing here is the color of the cereal. We have additional Golden Girls cereal planned. We wanted to lead off with blue but you can expect to see white and pink colors in the next two editions with new figures in each.”

Mariotti said fan demand is spread evenly among the four characters and he demurred when asked to name his personal favorite. “I think I am too old. I missed this Golden Girls craze. I was working 85-hour work weeks during the Golden Girls TV run. I grew up on dramatic masterpieces like Three’s Company, The Facts of Life and Silver Spoons.”

The senior citizen humor of The Golden Girls kept the show in the Top 10 for six of its seven seasons (1985-1992). The series won 11 Emmys and racked up an additional 57 nominations. It also spawned two spin-offs, The Golden Palace and Empty Nest.

The show has a curious staying power and some celebrity fans. Among them: Winston Duke(Black Panther)who stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast early this year and didn’t hesitate when asked if he has an surprising obsessions. “Easy. The Golden Girls.” Ryan Reynolds is apparently a fan, too. When Deadpool 2 enjoyed its record-setting opening weekend in May the star tweeted his appreciation to his 11 million followers in the form of a Deadpool spoof of the show’s opening credits, complete with the theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend.”

The show’s merchandise isn’t limited to Funko. Online merchants sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, a “Golden Girls” Monopoly edition, coffee mugs, greeting cards, hot sauce, and, perhaps oddest of all, prayer candles featuring the four cast members in beatified poses with stained-glass backdrops. There are limits to any nostalgia, however, as proven by the Golden Girls-themed cafe that opened in Manhattan in early 2017 — and closed by year’s end.
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'The Golden Girls' Revealed — Things You Didn't Know About The Classic Series (Exclusive)

In all truthfulness, The Golden Girls probably shouldn't have worked as a TV series. Seriously, why should it have? The idea of focusing on four aging women living together and helping each other through life's challenges — with the use of lots of comedy — just doesn't scream hit. Yet that's exactly what the show was during its original 1985 to 1992 run, bringing comic magic together in the form of Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty; a magic that continues to entertain television audiences 33 years after it began. "The Golden Girls," offers Jim Colucci, author of the definitive book on the series, Golden Girls Forever, "was one of the rare shows that recruits new generations of fans who weren't even around the first time. The only other show I can equate doing that is I Love Lucy. What's ironic is that it's a show that's timeless enough that it can recruit new generations,
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13 Shows That Handled Sensitive Topics Gracefully

Television has a rich history of not only entertaining viewers but also helping them feel less alone.

Since the 1970s, television shows have addressed sensitive and controversial topics like death, abortion, and prejudice.

When it's done right, viewers feel even more connected to their favorite characters and can't get enough, even when the events on screen or tragic.

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They might even laugh at a well-timed joke on a comedy about a serious situation!

What's your favorite show that takes on serious issues without being a downer?

Check out our picks and then share yours in the comments! 

1. Maude Before Dorothy Zbornak, Bea Arthur was Maude Findlay, Edith Bunker's cousin and Archie's nemesis, who faced her own share of controversy on her own show. Most memorably, Maude decided to have an abortion at age
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No ‘All In The Family’ Or ‘Maude’ Reboot Plans, Says Norman Lear – TCA

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No ‘All In The Family’ Or ‘Maude’ Reboot Plans, Says Norman Lear – TCA
Norman Lear has a lot of irons in the small screen fire with his new Sony Pictures TV deal but a new version of All In The Family isn’t one of them.

“I have no intention of doing All In The Family again,” the legendary producer told Deadline today at TCA, “I promise you that. “ And the Carroll O’Conner led iconic series may not be the only Lear legacy not coming back, at least in a recognizable form. He added emphatically, “ no Maude or any of them. We did that.”

“However, there are ideas that we were working on at that same time that were bubbling in the same creative pipeline and that’s part of what I’m looking at now,” long time activist Lear asserted. “I’m looking at ideas you’ve never heard of,” the One Day At A Time executive producer said of the
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Norman Lear 96th birthday: 4 red carpet interviews with Lear, Jimmie Walker, Marla Gibbs, Adrienne Barbeau [Watch]

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Norman Lear 96th birthday: 4 red carpet interviews with Lear, Jimmie Walker, Marla Gibbs, Adrienne Barbeau [Watch]
TV legend Norman Lear celebrated his 96th birthday this week at a star-studded event sponsored by Aarp. Gold Derby was on-hand at the Sunset Tower Hotel and snagged red carpet interviews with Lear and the stars of some of his most popular television shows: Adrienne Barbeau (“Maude”), Marla Gibbs (“The Jeffersons”), and Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”). Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

The event, hosted by Wendie Malick, was part of Aarp’s inaugural TV for Grownups Honors. Egot recipient Rita Moreno, who stars in the Netflix reboot of Lear’s “One Day at a Time,” presented the legendary producer with the award. And also in attendance were John Amos, who played Walker’s father in Lear’s “Good Times,” Ed Begley Jr., Frances Fisher, Robert Forster, Michael McKean, Bob Saget and many more.

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George Clooney Was Once on 'The Golden Girls' Before He Was Mega-Famous — Watch!

Before George Clooney was the A-list actor he is today, the 57-year-old was just trying to make it on television! In fact, he allegedly had his agent ask for his 1987 guest star role on The Golden Girls "so he [could] maintain his medical insurance," according to The New York Post. During Season 2, Episode 24 titled "To Catch a Neighbor," George portrayed policeman Bobby Hopkins. In his role, he worked to try to catch the jewel thieves who lived next door to Rose (Betty White), Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Blanche (Rue McClanahan), and Sophia (Estelle Getty). And we must say, he was one handsome cop! Watch the video below to see George on the hit sitcom. Believe it or not, George also appeared on Roseanne back in the day as well. Before the sitcom's reboot was canceled, Roseanne Barr shared that he didn't want to be involved in the revival. "Well, George Clooney didn
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