Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Of course I’m thrilled to be associated with one of the best sitcoms of the era, CHEERS, but another ‘80s situation comedy that never really gets its due but should is THE GOLDEN GIRLS.
It also finished six years in the top ten on a night networks don’t even program original material anymore. There has not been a sitcom in the last ten years (including THE BIG BANG THEORY and MODERN FAMILY) that even comes close to posting the numbers THE GOLDEN GIRLS got weekly.
Reasons why it’s often overlooked: It’s multi-camera on tape (retro to the max), and stars four women who were Millennials in the last Millennium.
But damn that show was funny. And it still holds up.
There’s a reason it’s still airs fifteen times a night on cable (way more than a lot of the 53 best all-time sitcoms ahead of it).
A couple of years ago I moderated a panel on THE GOLDEN GIRLS at USC and was delighted to see that the auditorium was packed with students who all watched and adored the show. Gee, what a shock – kids don’t only watch shows featuring kids their own age. They watch shows that are entertaining. Who knew?
For sheer comic timing, no cast ever could beat THE GOLDEN GIRLS. Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty were absolute masters of their craft, and together they were amazing. I watch those shows today and am in awe.
Various writers from THE GOLDEN GIRLS went on to create such shows as ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, MODERN FAMILY, and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS is not slick and it’s not sexy; it’s just FUNNY. Very funny. And isn’t that what a great sitcom is SUPPOSED to be? So here’s to THE GOLDEN GIRLS. You’ll be watching them long after 2 BROKE GIRLS has disappeared.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM