Parents' Guide to

Golden Palace

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Golden Girls spin-off relies on problematic stereotypes.

TV Hulu Comedy 1992
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Golden Girls has been having a moment in pop culture decades after its original run, but it's still not commonly known that after the series ended there was a spin-off series featuring nearly the entire original cast. Golden Palace takes place after Dorothy gets married and moves away, leaving Rose, Blanche, and Sophia deciding to, of all things, buy a hotel together. In an attempt to modernize the beloved cast, Roland, played by Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), and Chuy, played by Cheech Marin, are brought in to add diversity of both age and race. There's also a sweet relationship between the Roland and his foster son, Oliver. Unfortunately, that's where the ingenuity stops. While the ladies remain masters of their comedy craft and there are some genuinely funny moments, the jokes still rely on things like blatant slut-shaming. Sophia actually calls Blanche both a "slut" and a "lying tramp" in the pilot episode. Cultural stereotypes also abound. The foster child has an alcoholic mother and father in prison for manslaughter and the other characters' various cultures are regularly mocked, both by themselves and others -- Rose as being a dumb hick, Sophia as a Sicilian gangster, and Chuy as a "crazy Mexican." Obviously, the show doesn't hold up to today's standards but it didn't do all that well in the early 1990s either, lasting only one season before being canceled.

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