“Thank you for being a friend, travelled down the road and back again. Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.”
Those words from Andrew Gold’s pop hit “Thank You for Being a Friend” opened up each episode of The Golden Girls, the hit 1985-92 NBC sitcom that chronicled the hilarious lives of four older women living as housemates in Miami. The series was groundbreaking in that it was an at times frank examination of sex, love, lust and friendship involving women in their fifties and up. In other words, it was a realistic and much-needed look at the way women of a certain age actually were — and one that shattered stereotypes as much as it started conversations.
More than anything though it was downright hilarious, thanks to inspired writing and the lead performances of Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. Since the short-lived spinoff The Golden Palace (which was created when Bea Arthur decided to leave the series) left the airwaves in 1993, The Golden Girls has become a cult sensation, airing regularly in syndication and on several cable channels. Naturally then, it also has become the basis of some merchandising, including, believe it or not, a special edition of Clue in which players have to figure out who ate the last piece of cheesecake. Fantastic. The purveyors of pop culture cuteness over at Funko have also released Pop! vinyl figures of each of the girls. Each of these measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall and comes packaged in a window display box. And yes, Sophia’s figure is seen clutching her trademark purse. These are perfect for you to recreate your own St. Olaf stories or to poke fun at Blanche’s voracious desires. We recommend you check them out. If not, Shady Pines, ma!
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