The Golden Girls? what's the big deal?

  • Warren

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    Sep 26, 2007 7:55 PM GMT
    Recently, I told some of my gay friends that I never really watched the Golden Girls, the episodes I saw some of seemed boring... I got looks of shock. So my question is, am I missing something here? Should I go back and watch this show to further my gay education? What's the big deal? or are my friends just big fans?

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    Sep 26, 2007 8:33 PM GMT
    BLASPHEMER! Arouse the villagers! Have 'em bring pitchforks and torches. icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

    Just kidding!

    But I liked the show a lot. Rose and her interminable St. Olaf stories and goofy names! icon_lol.gif

    There is a canadian show that is just becoming available in the US that is great...Corner Gas. I have seen the first 3 seasons. It is adorable.

    I like the canadian Robson Arms, too. Always that twist at the end. Gotta love it.

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    Sep 26, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    It's comedy. You either get it or you don't. Just like some people think the Simpsons is funny or Benny Hill is a comedy travesty. We're all different.
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    Sep 26, 2007 11:10 PM GMT
    It's just subtle humor. Who expects this from 4 old gals living together in FL.
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    Sep 26, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    I think the comedic timing and they way they play off each other is what makes it funny. Lots of funny, awkward, stunned silences in that show.

    Plus old lady issues used to strike me (and other non old ladies?) as a bit strange and foreign, so when fed to the masses as comedy it is/was new and clever.

    That being said, I was genuinely afraid of Bea Arthur as a child. Maude scared me.
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    Sep 26, 2007 11:48 PM GMT
    Me too Rugger! Too funny.

    I always liked the show when I was a kid - and then in the past couple of years it seemed like it took on a real gay following (maybe it was always there and I just didn't know it)

    I think the appeal was that they could go places that were a bit taboo and pull it off.

    Plus - Sophia, c'mon - sassy granny w/ that handbag! whatch out ;)
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    Sep 26, 2007 11:49 PM GMT
    another show I can't not watch is Designing Women - my brother and sisters and I comprise that cast almost to a T. Plus Bernice Clifton (Alice Ghostley!) HYSTERICAL! Did you know she just passed away? Soooo sad.
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    Sep 27, 2007 12:00 AM GMT
    Sophia never ceases to crack me up...she was the best part of the show in my opinion...much like Jack and Karen were on Will and Grace...

    I definitely reccommend you watch it if you get a chance!!!
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 27, 2007 12:04 PM GMT
    Golden Girls was fun to watch on occasion, but quite honestly I have no doubt that many gays watched it because of an all female cast. Much the same way that many watched Designing Women and have Steel Magnolias memorized.
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    Sep 27, 2007 12:27 PM GMT
    True story ... All of my college roommates would secretly watch the Golden Girls. No, they weren't flaming homosexuals ... Most of my college roommates were straight! I remember nearly pissing on myself when I went to ask my roommate a question and I heard him laughing hysterically in his bedroom during a GG episode.

    Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes (TOWANDA!), and Designing Women ... GREAT times! *shifts eyes ... bows head in shame*
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Sep 27, 2007 12:33 PM GMT
    I grew up with it during my early years here in Norway.

    I did not learn about its gay following until I came out in the US and found out that it is a big ol' gay hit.

    Like Chris11102 said, it's comfort food; the structure of episodes is predictable, and its mixture of comedy and drama puts it on the lighter side of life. Whenever dramatic antics took place, the pacing remained soft (the music enforced this, with a recognizable and oft-used scene-change-theme).

    If the humor doesn't work for you, then there are lots of other potential shows to check out.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Sep 27, 2007 12:35 PM GMT
    This skit from Robot Chicken combines two gay hits, one of them being Golden Girls:

    Golden Girls and the City hosted by thatvideosite.com
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    Sep 27, 2007 1:00 PM GMT
    Did you know that the writers for arrested development and desperate housewives got their start on Golden Girls? Pretty amazing. When I was a kid I drew a picture of Blanche with full cleavage, and my mom saw it and laughed and said I shouldn't do that.

    I blame her for making me gay.
  • qalbi30

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    Sep 27, 2007 1:03 PM GMT
    Loved the Golden Girls,they had a big following in the gay community in London when I lived there.

    One that I cherish was when Sophia was found in bed with an old man,her daughter said "Ma,what ever are you doing"the reply was that she was in afterglow.!
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    Sep 27, 2007 1:16 PM GMT
    They're going to take away my Gay ID card too: Don't worry about it.

    I watch almost no TV at all unless it is a ballgame, CNN, or Mystery on PBS; and even then it is background while I do something else. Very occasionally I will put CSI on in the background.

    I like being active, and have very little spare time, I have better things to do with that time than become a couch potato.

    Even as a kid I watched almost no TV; it is BORING.

    I am not sure I have EVER seen a complete episode of 'Golden Girls'.

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy ..." - some guy named John
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    Sep 27, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    Warren,

    It's just a funny show. Maybe when you are a little bit older you will get some of the jokes.

    That's okay if you don't think it's funny. But, just promise me that later on down the road in life, you will give it another chance.

    I do know what you mean tho'

    I do NOT understand what is so dan-blasted funny about "Absolutely Fabulous". WTF??????

    Some of my friends point and say "TRAITOR"!!!

    I gave it a chance when it was on the air and again, just a few months ago, on DVD, I gave it another chance and still found myself in fits of sleep.

    What about "Ellen", have you ever tried to watch that nasty hag on that chit-chat show she does?

    I just don't see how ANYTHING that nasty old lady has to say or do is relevant....or funny.

    "Yep....I'm a carpet muncher".

    Just my two cents.
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    Sep 27, 2007 3:27 PM GMT
    I've always found the humor on Will & Grace to be mediocre and/or banal.

    Golden Girls, however, is like a bunch of old queens (or not so old queens) trying to work life out and in their humor, wit, pizzaz, and "theatrics" resemble gay men A LOT. I adore it!

    AbFab is a gem once you settle into the pacing of it.
  • Laurence

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    Sep 27, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    As Red said above. Comedy is subjective, some people find some things funny, others don't.

    I also agree with Kingbee though Warren, you might not find Golden Girls funny now, but maybe will later, when you're older and some of the camp humour means something to you.

    Unfortunately both Will & Grace and Ab fab went on a few series too long and ended up just not being funny with writers and actors who stopped caring about their shows.

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    Sep 27, 2007 5:03 PM GMT
    I agree with Red as well. I try to never miss The Simpsons. I've lots of friends who love The Golden Girls, but I was never into it once it was in reruns. I did find the show funny, but somehow, the second time around looses something for me.

    Will and Grace is the same way, I liked it when it was on originally, but grew tired of it later. I still find it funny if I catch it but I never make an effort to see it (the one killer exception in Will and Grace is the 'Nurse Trainee Pittman' scene which knocks me over every time.

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    Sep 27, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    For the fans of the show, you should check out a book called "The Q Guide to the Golden Girls." It's a kitschy behind-the-scenes look at the show, and it kind of explores why gays are fascinated with these women.
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    Sep 29, 2007 12:17 PM GMT
    Great Video "nickfromthenorth"

    I love that show too.

    MY BIG Questions is about Bea Arthure. Why did she always wear a long vest? Even on other shows she wore the same type of style. Anyone know? Was she tring to hide something?


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    Sep 29, 2007 12:35 PM GMT
    Yeah, I think she was pregnant for 20 years.
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    Sep 29, 2007 1:40 PM GMT
    Warren: only my opinion but you should also check out Maude to further your gay education.
  • BlackJock79

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    Oct 01, 2007 7:43 PM GMT
    I LOVE the Golden Girls... Rose always cracked me up! She was as dumb as a bag of rocks and Dorothy used to always have that "blank stare" that I LOVE doing to people now. LOL, great show. I think if I were to buy the seasons on DVD that might send up a rainbow flag to all of my friends and family... LOL
  • duglyduckling

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    Oct 01, 2007 11:45 PM GMT
    I think I developed my sense of humour from watching the Golden Girls... I love the way they present jokes without being explicit about it... in terms of how filthy the jokes may be... it is all in the mind of the beholder. icon_smile.gif