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Thank You For Being a Friend (at Any Age)

Yes, it’s true that Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose don’t exactly make most think of fashion and fornication like the names Charlotte, Carrie, Miranda, and Samantha do. However, there’s something about these South Florida retirees that has struck a chord with viewers of almost every age for the past two decades. While the show ran initially on NBC in the 80’s and early 90’s, it has settled into a nice retirement of nearly constant reruns on Lifetime. This “second life” has given the show a whole new generation of viewers. So, when Nylon posted its thoughts on a potential cast for a younger version of  The Golden Girls, it gave me an interesting idea. Since that other foursome of (sometimes) single ladies got a prequel, why can’t the Golden Girls as well? 

Friendship is golden at any age. via NylonMag.com

Imagine this potential episode – “Pussycat” Sophia and her cross-dressing brother Phil pick up high school senior Dorothy from the prom, where Dorothy’s high school sweetheart, Stan, had just knocked her up. While driving Dorothy home, their car accidentally hits Rose, a tourist who is visiting New York from St. Olaf with her eight siblings in search of Bob Hope, who she believes is her biological father. Offering to help Rose find her father out of guilt, Sophia and Dorothy venture into the city to find Bob Hope. However, they instead confuse him with lookalike Curtis Hollinsworth. After a long conversation, Curtis introduces the three ladies to his daughter, Blanche, who lovingly only refers to him as “Big Daddy.” It could work, right? I guess it is a bit of a stretch… 


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But Where Will the Kids Watch LUCY?!

Wandering over to the Nick at Nite line-up online… hmm, what do we have here. Old classics like… MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE… GEORGE LOPEZ… THE NANNY…

Lucy's not too sure about this. via CBS TV

Wait, WHAT?! Where is I LOVE LUCY? PETTICOAT JUNCTION? ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW? I remember staying up “late” (see: 10pm) to watch the old classics on Nick at Nite. Our parents must have loved hearing us talk about I DREAM OF JEANNIE’s “new episode,” but watching those shows gave us a link to the past and gave us something to watch when we slept over grandma’s house. They were a little glances into the 60’s and 70’s, the golden era of television, which gave way to many of the show formats we watch today.

Without a channel to call their own, I guess the kids of tomorrow will just have to watch the old shows on DVD. Here’s to hoping they never forget Lucy.


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