The Golden Girls : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 1985
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

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Critic Reviews

  1. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Feb 27, 2013
    This wonderful half-hour pilot has distinguished this show as the very best of the crop of new series this fall. The writing, by the bawdy, brilliant Susan Harris, who was lured back to television by the promise of doing a show with the kind of characters seldom seen on the tube, is on a par with her wittiest days as the creator of "Soap". [14 Sept 1985, p.D5]
  2. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 27, 2013
    The reason it works so well is that performers and script are ideally matched; they join forces to obliterate resistance. [14 Sept 1985, p.C1]
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 27, 2013
    Not only does The Golden Girls offer meaningful portrayals of women in their post-middle-age years, but, as a bonus, it's one of those TV rarities, a comedy that's funny. Very funny. [13 Sept 1985, p.C1]
  4. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: Arthur Unger
    Feb 27, 2013
    If anybody ever doubted the funny-lady talents of Bea Arthur, even after ''Maude,'' then her many golden moments in Golden Girls should win her a permanent place in everybody's hierarchy of comic genius, ranking with Sid Caesar and Lucille Ball...The Golden Girls is adult, literate, witty, poignant, funny. And, oh yes, honest. [12 Sept 1985, p.26]
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Daley
    Feb 27, 2013
    Watching Golden Girls, you get the feeling that Harris had the good sense to fit the brand of humor with the actresses. There is a kind of Borsch Belt, take-my-wife-please approach to chasing the laughs, with everything in place but the nightclub rim shot, the obligatory ba-bump from the drummer on top of the punch line. [13 Sept 1995, p.5]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    Without a doubt the best television comedy of all time. How can you go wrong with superb writing, a brilliant cast, and the courage to goWithout a doubt the best television comedy of all time. How can you go wrong with superb writing, a brilliant cast, and the courage to go places no other show has ever dared to go. The eternal Betty White turns in one of the best comedic performances of all time. Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty combine to form one of comedy's most formidable duos. Rue McLanahan brings forth one of the best drawn characters in television history. But this gem was more than just a comedy, it was a genuinely wonderful program. The Golden Girls will love on as the most influential show ever made. Full Review »