The Golden Girls

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Funny senior housemates crack wise; teens and up.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 28 reviews

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Positive Messages

It's a comedy, but it sends an upbeat and positive message about aging while highlighting some of the problems people inevitably face as we get older. Serious topics like AIDS, gambling, and adultery are discussed. Themes include compassion and integrity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is a group of strong older women. Sophia has a sharp tongue, Dorothy is a recovering gambler, Blanche is promiscuous, and Blanche is naive (and often the brunt of the other's jokes).


Strong suggestive dialogue, sexual innuendo, and comical discussions of sexual activity. Some making out, but no simulated sex.


Mild: "damn," "slut," "floozy," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some adult consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. One episode deals with prescription drug abuse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Golden Girls' adult humor revolves around the friendships between a group of older women. It's filled with sexual innuendo and comical descriptions of sexual acts that will most likely go over the head of younger viewers, but parents may still want to exercise caution. Parents should also know that the show offers a positive look at women and senior citizens and raises awareness about the issues that seniors face in today's society.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRonjasMom October 1, 2019

This fantastic show is largely about sex

It's hilarious and an all-time favorite of mine. The messages are positive enough for teens who are interested, but the show is really for adults.
Parent Written byMark H. November 22, 2017

Four of the greatest women ever put on TV

I love this show to death. It hasn't aged a bit and remains as funny and relevant today as it was 30 years ago. There is a lot of sex talk on the show, whi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysophia1896 July 28, 2017

Lovely Show, Not for Young Children

I absolutely love The Golden Girls, my favorite sitcom. It is very funny, entertaining, and relatable, but there are too many references, both sexual and not, t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywizardortitan June 11, 2017

Bawdy yet wholesome at the same time.

The Golden Girls may have a number of wisecracks and sexual innuendoes in every episode, but it feels so much cleaner and more feel-good then a lot of modern si... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE GOLDEN GIRLS premiered in 1985, following the comedic escapades of four mature women living as housemates in Miami, Florida. The Golden foursome includes headstrong Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak (Bea Arthur, known for her lead role in the 1970s sitcom Maude), her spunky and sharp-tongued mother Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), naïve Rose Nylund (Betty White of The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and sexually liberated Blanche Devereaux (Maude co-star Rue McClanahan). The four leads are a distinctive group of women who drive each other crazy on a daily basis. They're plagued by Dorothy's scheming ex-husband Stanley Zbornak (Herb Edelman) and are sometimes visited by -- to Blanche's delight -- eligible neighbor Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan of Empty Nest). But while arguments and insults form a large part of the women's relationship with each other, they're truly committed to each other as loving, loyal friends who support one another even through the most difficult times.

Is it any good?

This funny, sexually charged series shows viewers that life not only continues after 50 but is actually rich, fulfilling, and, most of all, fun -- especially when you have good friends to share it with. Dating, sexual activity, adultery, abortion, and AIDS are some of the many issues the ladies chat about -- often around the kitchen table over a piece of cheesecake. This series also looks at many aspects of aging, which range from the comical (sagging chests, drooping bottoms) to the serious (rising health care costs) to the tragic (the rising incidence of homelessness among seniors). But The Golden Girls is also a celebration of life, reminding audiences that women in their golden years are strong, sexy, and beautiful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how senior citizens are viewed by society and how they are portrayed in The Golden Girls. What are some of the issues that affect the lives of older members of the community? Do people do enough to make sure that seniors are respected and that their needs are addressed?

  • Families can also discuss the importance of loyalty and the value of friendship. 

  • How do the characters in The Golden Girls demonstrate compassion and integrity? Why are those important character strengths?

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For kids who love female friendships

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