‘The Golden Girls’ Ended 30 Years Ago Today And It's Still One Of The Best Shows Ever

‘The Golden Girls’ Ended 30 Years Ago Today And It's Still One Of The Best Shows Ever

The finale was iconic and was a two-part episode titled “One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and aired on May 9, 1992.

The iconic show The Golden Girls ran for seven seasons between 1985 and 1992. May 9 marks 30 years since the NBC series ended its Emmy-winning, seven-season run. The show followed the stories of four iconic, sassy women whose profound lessons in life still hold true today. The Golden Girls included the sarcastic Dorothy (Bea Arthur); her mother, the straight-talking Sophia (Estelle Getty); the naïve Rose (Betty White); and the sexy Southern belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan). The show was truly ahead of its time with a cast above the age of 50 where the stories revolved around friendship, love, triumph, tragedy and wisdom. The series earned each woman an Emmy Award!



Speaking of the show's finale which was a two-part episode titled “One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which aired on May 9, 1992 writer and producer Mitchell Hurwitz recalled that  Bea Arthur was "very moved" by the last episode. In an interview with TODAY, he shared that "she wrote me this lovely note about it. And that was really a privilege. I always felt lucky to be there at all. And to be given a chance to write something that was meaningful for her was really special. There were just tremendous writers over the seven years of the show, at every stage of it.” For Hurwitz added that farewell scene in which Dorothy leaves and comes back was incredibly moving.  “I really wanted to go even further,” he recalled. “I wanted to have the credits start to play and kind of pull them really quickly when she came back in, and then as you know,  she comes back in one more time, presumably having scaled the lanai wall. It really kind of mirrored reality. I remember there were a lot of goodbyes said that week,” he said. “And she didn’t want to leave. I think Dorothy didn’t want to leave and I think Bea Arthur didn’t really want to leave.”



“Bea was a very deep person and a very warm person, but it was all kind of hidden in this kind of stern exterior,” Hurwitz added. “So you know, it was kind of amazing to be part of something where so much emotion came out of her. … As you can see, when you watch it, Bea is really moved trying to say goodbye to these people. And I think they were surprised that she was as moved as she was. I don’t think she was surprised, because you know, she was a very deep person. But she didn’t show it often. And so the ending, I think, ended up being very affecting, because we really saw, you know, not only the character leaving, but Bea Arthur dealing with the fact that she was leaving.”



How is a show that started decades ago still so popular today? “I think the show has lasted because it’s about love, and it’s about support, and it’s about being proud of who you are,” Hurwitz said. “And you know, especially when society isn’t holding you in high regard. It’s about not quitting and fighting back. And it has all these kinds of universal themes that somehow these women bring to life.”


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