The BEST Episodes of The Golden Girls

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2019

Network: NBC

Defying the TV-industry "rules" that A) no viewer is interested in watching a situation comedy with an all-female cast and B) no viewer wants to see anybody over the age of 34, The Golden Girls was one of the few sitcoms in which all of the regulars were women, and none was under the age of 50 -- and it turned out be NBC's biggest hit of the 1985-1986 season.

We're Outta Here (2)

#1 - We're Outta Here (2)

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired May 13, 1989

Blanche debates on whether or not to sell the house as her and the rest of the girls recall times they have spent together (via flashbacks).

star 8.81
54 votes
Larceny and Old Lace

#2 - Larceny and Old Lace

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 27, 1988

Sophia's latest boyfriend, Rocco claims to have been involved in the mob, so when the girls discover a bag of Rocco's with thousands of dollars in it, they assume he robbed a bank. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche sneak a peak at Rose's diary.

star 8.77
232 votes
Writers: Martin Weiss, Robert Bruce
Bedtime Story

#3 - Bedtime Story

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 7, 1987

When the girls learn that a number of relatives are going to be visiting, they reminisce about times they've had to share a bed and strange places they've had to sleep, including a train station.

star 8.71
222 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Kathy Speer, Mort Nathan, Terry Grossman
Old Friends

#4 - Old Friends

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1987

Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk whom she becomes quick friends with. However, his strange behavior signals that he has a medical condition, Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.

star 8.68
304 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
Mixed Blessing

#5 - Mixed Blessing

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 19, 1988

Dorothy's son, Michael pays another visit to Miami and this time he has an announcement, he's engaged. However, Dorothy has two more surprises in store, her future daughter-in-law is also black and twenty years older than Michael.

star 8.66
256 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christopher Lloyd (II)
Clinton Avenue Memoirs

#6 - Clinton Avenue Memoirs

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 3, 1990

Dorothy becomes alarmed when Sophia forgets the date of her wedding anniversary. This leads Dorothy to face the fact that Sophia is becoming more and more forgetful with age. After visiting a doctor, Sophia decides to regain some of the memories she has lost and decides to take a trip to Brooklyn and their old apartment.

star 8.64
98 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Richard Vaczy, Tracy Gamble
Son-in-Law Dearest

#7 - Son-in-Law Dearest

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 11, 1987

Dorothy's daughter, Kate is coming for a visit and has a big announcement. Dorothy is excited when she thinks the announcement is going to be that Kate is pregnant. However, when Kate arrives, her announcement is far from exciting. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose stay up and watch an "I Love Lucy" marathon.

star 8.62
224 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Harriet Weiss, Patt Shea
Diamond in the Rough

#8 - Diamond in the Rough

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 21, 1987

While Dorothy and Rose are planning a hospital charity banquet, Blanche falls for Jake, the caterer hired for the event. She quickly learns he's more blue jeans than a black tie which prompts her to foolishly put a stop to their romance.

star 8.60
224 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Jan Fischer, William Widener
The Artist

#9 - The Artist

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 19, 1987

Dorothy, Blanche and Rose each secretly pose nude for a Hungarian sculptor who will unveil the statue at an art show opening at a museum. Meanwhile, Sophia brushes up on practical jokes to get back a prankster at the Senior Citizens Center.

star 8.60
244 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christopher Lloyd (II)
Twice in a Lifetime

#10 - Twice in a Lifetime

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 24, 1990

Rose must decide between her boyfriend, Miles or an old boyfriend who has just come to town and asks her to go to Europe with him. Meanwhile, fed up with Dorothy's rules, Sophia decides to move out.

star 8.59
156 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Martin Weiss, Robert Bruce
The Truth Will Out

#11 - The Truth Will Out

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 18, 1986

Rose is apprehensive about a visit from her daughter and granddaughter, since their reason for coming is to settle Rose's late-husband's will. Meanwhile, Blanche gets caught up in the tabloids of a society murder.

star 8.57
321 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Susan Beavers
'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas

#12 - 'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 1986

The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.

star 8.56
258 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
Blanche's Little Girl

#13 - Blanche's Little Girl

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 9, 1988

Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has now gained quite a bit of weight. Also visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts down her weight. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.

star 8.56
211 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
In a Bed of Rose's

#14 - In a Bed of Rose's

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 11, 1986

Late one evening, Rose brings a man home and they spend the night together. However, in the morning she finds that he has passed away. Even worse, she later discovers he was married.

star 8.55
341 votes
Writers: Susan Harris
The Case of the Libertine Belle

#15 - The Case of the Libertine Belle

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 1991

The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery. However, when Blanche is accused committing a real murder, Dorothy will have to use all her keen detective skills to find the real murderer.

star 8.55
242 votes
Directors: Lex Passaris
Writers: Tom Whedon
One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)

#16 - One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)

Season 7 - Episode 25 - Aired May 9, 1992

Blanche's uncle Lucas Hollingsworth is visiting but, to no surprise, Blanche is busy with a date. In order to berid of his intrudence, Blanche tells Dorothy that he desparetely wants to meet a woman of her intelligence. Dorothy agrees to see him but they both later learn that Blanche just lied to get rid of them and decide to get revenge by acting as though they're getting married, much to the dismay of Blanche. As a result, Rose decides she should move on to live with her daughter Kirsten to be the "Sophia of the household" as Blanche finally comes to terms with their idea to wed. Just as Lucas is about to reveal the truth, he decides to pop the question to Dorothy for real...

star 8.54
173 votes
Directors: Lex Passaris
Writers: Don Seigel, Jerry Perzigian, Mitchell Hurwitz
The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present

#17 - The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 31, 1990

The girls attend the wedding of Dorothy's niece who's father was once engaged to Sophia. Sophia thinks that the wedding reception is the perfect spot for revenge after supposedly putting a curse on him years ago.

star 8.53
129 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Philip Jason Lasker
There Goes the Bride (2)

#18 - There Goes the Bride (2)

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 9, 1991

Totally against Dorothy and Stan's impending nuptials, Sophia vows to not let the ceremony go off. Meanwhile, Blanche begins interviewing for a new roommate since Dorothy is planning to move out.

star 8.53
163 votes
Directors: Matthew Diamond
Writers: Gail Parent, Jim Vallely
Rites of Spring

#19 - Rites of Spring

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 29, 1989

A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.

star 8.52
185 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Eric Cohen
A Little Romance

#20 - A Little Romance

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 14, 1985

Rose has been dating Dr. Jonathan Newman and begins to think their relationship is leading to the alter. However she begins to have second thoughts especially since he's a midget.

star 8.52
346 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
Sick and Tired (2)

#21 - Sick and Tired (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 1989

Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling.

star 8.51
174 votes
Writers: Susan Harris
The Audit

#22 - The Audit

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 28, 1987

Dorothy is stunned to learn that Stan's tax problems are her tax problems since Stan is being audited for a number of years when they were still married. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose take a Spanish class, each for different reasons.

star 8.50
235 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Winifred Hervey
Great Expectations

#23 - Great Expectations

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 13, 1990

Rose joins a positive thinking group and tries to get a pessimistic Dorothy to join. Meanwhile, Blanche is scared to get serious with her latest boyfriend especially after he has a heart attack.

star 8.50
139 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Martin Weiss, Robert Bruce
Love Me Tender

#24 - Love Me Tender

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 6, 1989

When Sophia sets Dorothy up on a blind date, Dorothy secretly falls for the seemingly simple man, claiming "he's the greatest lover she ever had." Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose join the "Be a Pal" and become pals to two motherless girls.

star 8.49
227 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Richard Vaczy, Tracy Gamble
To Catch a Neighbor

#25 - To Catch a Neighbor

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 2, 1987

Two police detectives stake out the girls' home to investigate the neighbors whom are believed to be dealers in stolen gems.

star 8.47
259 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Russell Marcus