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The Golden Girls

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 25 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 byTinyToya February 20, 2013

Sex not suitable material for kids.

This show gets high marks in being witty. Bea Arthur (Dorothy) knows how to turn a phrase in that reserved and yet dynamite way of hers. Betty White (Rose) serv... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 and 16 year old Written byH Greenberg July 10, 2014
Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolteenager01 July 11, 2014

Good Show But You Should Wait Until You're A Little Older To Understand It

I think this show is good for families. I was surprised about what I've read on Common Sense Media, this show really is a family show. My suggestion is to... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 6, 2012

Love It !

I love this show ! I thought I would never like old shows but apparently I was wrong ! My mum showed it to me and I thought that Rose and Sophia were pretty fun... 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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