Stay Golden


Almost as soon as The Golden Girls premiered in 1985, it became one of the most beloved shows on television. Cristen and Caroline discuss the show's history and incredible legacy as a sitcom that wasn't afraid to tackle important issues such as aging, sexual health and even gay marriage.

Episode sources:

"14 Things You Never Knew About 'The Golden Girls'." Jessica Toomer. The Huffington Post. June 23, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/20/the-golden-girls-_n_5512554.html

"7 Things You Might Not Know About the Golden Girls." Kara Kovalchik. Mental Floss. http://mentalfloss.com/article/19134/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-golden-girls

"Bea Arthur, Start of Two TV Comedies, Dies at 86" by Bruce Weber. The New York Times. April 25, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/arts/television/26arthur.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

"Four Old Women Share an Apartment." Troy Patterson. Slate. April 29, 2009. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2009/04/four_old_women_share_an_apartment.html

"Four Reasons Gay Culture Loves Shows About Straight Older Women" by Jennifer Keishi. Bitch. Feb. 25, 2013. http://bitchmagazine.org/post/four-reasons-gay-culture-embraces-shows-about-straight-older-women

"'Golden Girls': A 20th Anniversary Oral History." Nicholas Fonseca. Entertainment Weekly. April 24, 2009. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1100651,00.html

"How 'Golden Girls' Shaped My Feminism" by Megan Keams. Bitch Flicks. Sept. 25, 2013. http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/09/older-women-week-how-golden-girls-shaped-my-feminism.html#.VEeocMnJ0Xi

"Marc Cherry Shares His Memories of Writing for Golden Girls" by Josef Adalian. Vulture. Feb. 28, 2013. http://www.vulture.com/2013/02/marc-cherry-remembers-writing-for-golden-girls.html

"Of Condoms and Cheesecakes: Female Discourse and Sexual Agency in The Golden Girls." Thomas J. West. In Media Res. June 12, 2014. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2014/06/12/condoms-and-cheesecakes-female-discourse-and-sexual-agency-golden-girls

"Remembering Bea Arthur, feminist TV pioneer" by Rebecca Traister. Salon. April 25, 2009. http://www.salon.com/2009/04/26/bea_arthur/

"Rue McClanahan - 'Golden' with the gays." Deborah Netburn. Los Angeles Times. May 04, 2004. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-ruesigning-04may04-story.html

"What Happened To Them?: The Cast of 'The Golden Girls'." Karen Belz. Hello Giggles. Dec. 03, 2013. http://hellogiggles.com/what-happened-to-them-the-cast-of-the-golden-girls

"Why Gay Men Still Love 'The Golden Girls'." Louis Peitzman. Buzzfeed. March 09, 2014. http://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/why-gay-men-still-love-the-golden-girls#fveg0d

"Why Golden Girls Is Still the Gayest Show on TV" by Michael Musto. Out. July 14, 2014. http://www.out.com/entertainment/michael-musto/2014/07/14/why-golden-girls-still-gayest-show-tv

Academic sources:

Golden Girls: Female Archetypal Patterns of the Complete Woman. Anne N. Kaler. Journal of Popular Culture. 1990. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0022-3840.1990.2403_49.x/abstract

Myths of Sex, Love and Romance of Older Women in the Golden Girls. Jo Anna Grant and Heather L. Hundley. Critical Thinking about Sex, Love, and Romance in Mass Media. Routlege. 2007. http://books.google.com/books/about/Critical_Thinking_about_Sex_Love_and_Rom.html?id=WY3akArl430C

Sitcoms in a League of Their Own: A Critical Analysis of Situational Feminism in The Golden Girls and Sex and the City. Elizabeth A. Glatzer. Boston College. 2010. http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/cas_sites/communication/pdf/thesis10.glatzer.pdf

The Golden Girls Share Signature Stories: Narratives of Aging, Identity, and Communal Desire. Christyne A. Berzenski. Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to the Present. Fall 2010. http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/fall_2010/berzsenyi.htm

Topics in this Podcast: television, aging, older women, golden girls