The Golden Girls is a classic TV show about four friends living together in a home in Miami, Florida. These friends are not hot models, but loveable sarcastic grandmothers. Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche and matriarch Sophia, Dorothy’s mom, occasionally clash but are there for one another in the end.
I didn’t watch this show growing up. I watched what my parents watched on TV. My dad watched westerns like Gunsmoke and Bonanza. My mom liked watching baseball and tennis. So it wasn’t until my last stay at the mental hospital, that I realized why so many love The Golden Girls.
I binged The Golden Girls on Hulu, and I realized the show hits on several topics that are still relevant to senior citizens today. The discussions of aging, being an independent woman and finding love after the loss of a spouse. Even if you under the age of 40, these issues facing women today can seem daunting.
However, this classic TV show makes me feel bittersweet at points in the show. The Golden Girls sometimes makes me wish I had a better relationship with my grandparents. These issues are something I have been working on both internally through research and deep-thinking, and externally by discussing how I feel with my fiancé.
I think what makes The Golden Girls so predominant to so many is how the characters help their viewers connect to a maternal figure in their life. It helps to grieve as well as keeping you laughing and entertained throughout.