• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 1985
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    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 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 bestWithout 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. Expand
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 27, 2013
    90
    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]
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Feb 27, 2013
    100
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Feb 27, 2013
    60
    Everyone is clearly having a good time, and the fun is catching. One should be grateful for that much, perhaps, but the sheer professionalism cannot entirely hide some potential weaknesses. A little too much of the humor is directed at ridiculing certain signs of aging, from having hair in one's ears to incontinence. Bathroom jokes have their limitations. And Miss Getty's character threatens to demolish the ensemble work with the need to get a laugh every time she opens her outrageous mouth. [14 Sept 1985]