Long-running US sitcom The Golden Girls has finally found a home on streaming and will be added to the growing Disney Plus line-up next month.
While other television comedies have lost their sheen since coming off the air, fans have only grown more fond of this charming classic, which follows four older women who share a home in Miami, Florida.
Each of the four lead actors in the series – Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty – earned an Emmy for their stellar performances, a feat that few other shows have managed over the years.
The series has long been associated with the Disney brand, having been produced by Touchstone Television and distributed by Buena Vista, which are both owned by the House of Mouse.
Therefore, the series is a natural fit for the studio’s streaming service, which has radically upgraded its sitcom selection since the launch of Star on Disney Plus, with other titles in its catalogue including How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, New Girl, Futurama, Cougar Town and many more.
Here’s all you need to know to watch The Golden Girls in the UK.
How to watch The Golden Girls in the UK
The Golden Girls will be available to stream via Star on Disney+ from Friday 2nd July, with the complete seven-season run to be added to the service – that’s a whopping 180 episodes!
Alternatively, you can watch The Golden Girls on DVD with a full boxset. Buy the complete series.
What is The Golden Girls about?
The Golden Girls focuses on the friendship of Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux and Sophia Petrillo, four senior citizens who are not only close friends, but they also share a home together in Malibu.
The hugely popular sitcom closed out its run with a finale that attracted a whopping 27.2 million viewers and had three spin-off shows, The Golden Palace, Empty Nest and Nurses – here’s hoping they get added to Disney+ too at some point in the future.
How many episodes are in The Golden Girls?
The Golden Girls lasted for seven seasons, running from 1985–1991 and clocking in at an impressive 180 episodes.
The show earned critical acclaim for its enlightened and positive attitude towards ageing, with star Betty White discussing that theme in a 1991 interview with NBC’s TODAY.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “You don’t fall off the planet once you’ve passed a given age, you don’t lose any of your sense of humour, you don’t lose any of your zest for life or lust for life.
“If you were a dull young person then you’re going to be a dull old person, but I don’t think just because the years go by that you have to be that way.”
The Golden Girls cast
Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty make up the core cast and there were many guest stars that went on to become well-known names that appeared, including George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez.
Where was The Golden Girls filmed?
The show was shot entirely on a set and while there was a replica of the original house exterior built on the Disney lot in Orlando, it has long since been demolished.
The original home, used for exteriors only, does still exist although it is some way from the shows Malibu setting. The LA-based property went on the market last year for $3 million.
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