The Golden Girls became a Saturday night ritual for many households in the mid-’80s and early ’90s. The Susan Harris sitcom ran on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. The show won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice, three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series, and each of the stars received an Emmy Award. Becoming one of only three sitcoms in the award’s history to achieve this. It also remained ranked in the top 10 highest rated sitcoms six out of its seven seasons.
Throughout its seven seasons, The Golden Girls brought to light many issues that weren’t being discussed at that time. Issues and topics like coming out and same-sex marriage, elder care and homelessness, AIDS and discrimination against people with HIV, US immigration policy, and death/assisted suicide.
Writer and producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason aimed to create a sitcom with the similar makeup. A show centered around “four women,” which became CBS’ Designing Women. The show was to compete against The Golden Girls in the same time slot, but The Golden Girls always received a higher rating. CBS was forced to push Designing Women to Mondays. Both shows were feminist staples of the era.
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