In 1985, the television sitcom, The Golden Girls made its debut. The humorous show focused on a quartet of women, all in the later stages of life, sharing a home in Miami, Florida.
Created by Susan Harris, The Golden Girls starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. Arthur took on the role of Dorothy Zbornak, White played Rose Nylund, McClanahan played Blanche Devereaux, and Getty played Dorothy’s mother, Sophia Petrillo.
Each episode of The Golden Girls focused on the lives of the four characters, touching upon relationships, family issues, and various situations and social topics they encountered. The friendship of the quartet was a key aspect of the series, with the characters showing genuine affection for each other across the course of the series.
Due to the popularity of the characters, as well as strong scripts, The Golden Girls was a huge hit with viewers and become one of the best-loved shows on US television throughout the 1980s. The series was also sold around the world, making The Golden Girls a global hit too!
Although the series ended decades ago, The Golden Girls has retained its popularity and regularly pops up in re-runs on television, as well as through streaming. With each passing year the show attracts a wealth of new fans, and remains one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time.
But if you’re completely new to The Golden Girls and you’re only just getting into the series, how many episodes of the show do you need to watch? And perhaps more importantly, what else do you need to know?
For all the details about The Golden Girls episodes, as well as some information about a few spin-off shows, keep reading!
How many episodes of The Golden Girls are there?
There are 180 episodes of The Golden Girls, split across seven seasons of television. Twenty-five episodes aired in seasons one and three, while twenty-six episodes aired in season two, four, five, six, and seven.
The first episode of The Golden Girls to air was The Engagement, which hit screens on September 14th 1985. The final episodes were the two-part story, One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest, which aired on May 9th 1992.
Want a full list of all The Golden Girls episodes to help with your next binge-watch? Of course you do – and that’s exactly what you’ll see below.
A list of episodes of The Golden Girls
Below is a list of all 180 episodes of The Golden Girls.
- 1) The Engagement
- 2) Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding?
- 3) Rose the Prude
- 4) Transplant
- 5) The Triangle
- 6) On Golden Girls
- 7) The Competition
- 8) Break-In
- 9) Blanche and the Younger Man
- 10) The Heart Attack
- 11) Stan’s Return
- 12) The Custody Battle
- 13) A Little Romance
- 14) That Was No Lady
- 15) In a Bed of Rose’s
- 16) The Truth Will Out
- 17) Nice and Easy
- 18) The Operation
- 19) Second Motherhood
- 20) Adult Education
- 21) The Flu
- 22) Job Hunting
- 23) Blind Ambitions
- 24) Big Daddy
- 25) The Way We Met
- 26) End of the Curse
- 27) Ladies of the Evening
- 28) Take Him, He’s Mine
- 29) It’s A Miserable Life
- 30) Isn’t It Romantic?
- 31) Big Daddy’s Little Lady
- 32) Family Affair
- 33) Vacation
- 34) Joust Between Friends
- 35) Love, Rose
- 36) Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
- 37) The Sisters
- 38) The Stan Who Came to Dinner
- 39) The Actor
- 40) Before and After
- 41) And Then There Was One
- 42) Bedtime Story
- 43) Forgive Me, Father
- 44) Long Day’s Journey Into Marinara
- 45) Whose Face Is This, Anyway?
- 46) Dorothy’s Prized Pupil
- 47) Diamond in the Rough
- 48) Son-in-Law Dearest
- 49) To Catch a Neighbor
- 50) A Piece of Cake
- 51) Empty Nests
- 52) Old Friends
- 53) One for the Money
- 54) Bringing Up Baby
- 55) The Housekeeper
- 56) Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
- 57) Letter to Gorbachev
- 58) Strange Bedfellows
- 59) Brotherly Love
- 60) A Visit from Little Sven
- 61) The Audit
- 62) Three on a Couch
- 63) Charlie’s Buddy
- 64) Artist
- 65) Blanche’s Little Girl
- 66) Dorothy’s New Friend
- 67) Grab That Dough
- 68) My Brother, My Father
- 69) Golden Moments – Part One
- 70) Golden Moments – Part Two
- 71) And Ma Makes Three
- 72) Larceny and Old Lace
- 73) Rose’s Big Adventure
- 74) Mixed Blessings
- 75) Mister Terrific
- 76) Mother’s Day
- 77) Yes, We Have No Havanas
- 78) The Days and Nights of Sophia Petrillo
- 79) The One That Got Away
- 80) Yokel Hero
- 81) Bang the Drum, Stanley
- 82) Sophia’s Wedding – Part One
- 83) Sophia’s Wedding – Part Two
- 84) Brother, Can You Spare That Jacket?
- 85) Scared Straight
- 86) Stan Takes A Wife
- 87) The Auction
- 88) Blind Date
- 89) The Impotence of Being Ernest
- 90) Love Me Tender
- 91) Valentine’s Day
- 92) Two Rode Together
- 93) You Gotta Have Hope
- 94) Fiddler on the Ropes
- 95) Till Death Do We Volley
- 96) High Anxiety
- 97) Little Sister
- 98) Sophia’s Choice
- 99) Rites of Spring
- 100) Foreign Exchange
- 101) We’re Outta Here – Part One
- 102) We’re Outta Here – Part Two
- 103) Sick and Tired – Part One
- 104) Sick and Tired – Part Two
- 105) Accurate Conception
- 106) Rose Fights Back
- 107) Love Under the Big Top
- 108) Dancing in the Dark
- 109) Not Another Monday
- 110) That Old Feeling
- 111) Comedy of Errors
- 112) All That Jazz
- 113) Ebb Tide
- 114) Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas
- 115) Mary Has a Little Lamb
- 116) Great Expectations
- 117) Triple Play
- 118) Clinton Avenue Memoirs
- 119) Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom-Tom
- 120) An Illegitimate Concern
- 121) 72 Hours
- 122) Twice in a Lifetime
- 123) Sisters and Other Strangers
- 124) Cheaters
- 125) The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present
- 126) All Bets Are Off
- 127) The President’s Coming! The President’s Coming – Part One
- 128) The President’s Coming! The President’s Coming – Part Two
- 129) Blanche Delivers
- 130) Once, in St. Olaf
- 131) If at Last You Do Succeed
- 132) Snap Out of It
- 133) Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy!
- 134) Feelings
- 135) Zborn Again
- 136) How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?
- 137) Mrs. George Devereaux
- 138) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun… Before They Die
- 139) Stand By Your Man
- 140) Ebbtide’s Revenge
- 141) The Bloom Is Off the Rose
- 142) Sister of the Bride
- 143) Miles to Go
- 144) There Goes the Bride – Part One
- 145) There Goes the Bride – Part Two
- 146) Older and Wiser
- 147) Melodrama
- 148) Even Grandmas Get the Blues
- 149) Witness
- 150) What a Difference a Date Makes
- 151) Love for Sale
- 152) Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home – Part One
- 153) Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home – Part Two
- 154) Henny Penny – Straight, No Chaser
- 155) Hey, Look Me Over
- 156) The Case of the Libertine Belle
- 157) Beauty and the Beast
- 158) That’s for Me to Know
- 159) Where’s Charlie?
- 160) Mother Load
- 161) Dateline: Miami
- 162) The Monkey Show – Part One
- 163) The Monkey Show – Part Two
- 164) Ro$e Love$ Mile$
- 165) Room 7
- 166) From Here to the Pharmacy
- 167) The Pope’s Ring
- 168) Old Boyfriends
- 169) Goodbye, Mr. Gordon
- 170) The Commitments
- 171) Questions and Answers
- 172) Ebbtide VI: The Wrath of Stan
- 173) Journey to the Center of Attention
- 174) A Midwinter Night’s Dream – Part One
- 175) A Midwinter Night’s Dream – Part Two
- 176) Rose: Portrait of a Woman
- 177) Home Again, Rose – Part One
- 178) Home Again, Rose – Part Two
- 179) One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest – Part One
- 180) One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest – Part Two
Beyond The Golden Girls
In addition to 180 episodes of The Golden Girls, due to the incredible popularity of the series, the show inspired a collection of spin-off shows, including Empty Nest (1988 – 1995), Nurses (1991 – 1994), and The Golden Palace (1992 – 1993). Empty Nest focused on the girls’ neighbours, while Nurses was set around a hospital.
Both shows featured occasional appearances from The Golden Girls cast members, but neither were specifically about the girls themselves. However, The Golden Palace was a direct sequel to The Golden Girls, with the show repositioning the girls as owners of a hotel.
Betty White (Rose), Rue McClanahan (Blanche), and Estelle Getty (Sophia) all reprised their roles for The Golden Palace, with the story picking up where The Golden Girls left off. The only actress not to return full-time was Bea Arthur (Dorothy), who instead appeared in a guest role for the two-part story, Seems Like Old Times.
Although The Golden Palace started off with strong ratings, the show was not as successful as The Golden Girls and only ran for one season. The general consensus amongst fans was that the show didn’t seem to work so well without Arthur, leading to a fairly abrupt cancellation after just 24 episodes.
Here is a list of all the episodes of The Golden Palace:
- 1) The Golden Palace
- 2) Promotional Considerations
- 3) Miles, We Hardly Knew Ye
- 4) One Old Lady to Go
- 5) Ebbtide for the Defense
- 6) Can’t Stand Losing You
- 7) Seems Like Old Times – Part One
- 8) Seems Like Old Times – Part Two
- 9) Just a Gigolo
- 10) Marriage on the Rocks, with a Twist
- 11) Camp Town Races Aren’t Nearly as Much Fun as They Used to Be
- 12) It’s Beginning to Look a Lot (Less) Like Christmas
- 13) Rose and Fern
- 14) Runaways
- 15) Heartbreak Hotel
- 16) Señor Stinky Learns Absolutely Nothing About Life
- 17) Say Goodbye, Rose
- 18) You’ve Lost That Livin’ Feeling
- 19) The Chicken and the Egg
- 20) A New Leash on Life
- 21) Pros and Concierge
- 22) Tad
- 23) One Angry Stan
- 24) Sex, Lies and Tortillas
Although The Golden Girls story essentially ended with The Golden Palace, Estelle Getty continued in the role of Sophia for the show, Empty Nest. The actress joined the series as a cast member for the final two seasons of its run.
In the Empty Nest continuity, Sophia left the hotel setting of The Golden Palace to move into the Shady Pines retirement home. This was the same retirement home she had vacated prior to the events of the first episode of The Golden Girls.
Once Empty Nest concluded, that was the official end for The Golden Girls story.
The Golden Girls across the years
It’s worth noting that in addition to The Golden Girls and The Golden Palace, Bea Arthur appeared in episodes of Empty Nest; Betty White and Rue McClanahan appeared in episodes of Empty Nest and Nurses; and Estelle Getty appeared in episodes of Empty Nest, Nurses, and one episode of the sitcom, Blossom (Season One’s I Ain’t Got No Buddy).
Do you need to track down all of the guest spots across all of the shows? That’s entirely up to you, but most fans will tell you to simply watch all 180 episodes of The Golden Girls, then if you really want to extend the story, continue with The Golden Palace before bringing your journey to an end.
If you’re a fan of The Golden Girls (and who isn’t?), then you may wish to know that every episode of the show is currently available to buy on DVD.
The Golden Girls DVD collection is available in seven single-season boxsets, beginning with The Golden Girls: Season One Complete DVD Boxset.
All seven individual DVD boxsets of The Golden Girls are available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.
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