The Best Episodes of The Golden Girls

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2018

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.

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

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

Season 7 - Episode 25

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 8.57
70 votes
Directors: Lex Passaris
Writers: Don Seigel, Jerry Perzigian, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Long Days Journey into Marinara

#2 - Long Days Journey into Marinara

Season 2 - Episode 19

Sophia's sister, Angela arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there but while she's looking for an apartment Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has.

star 8.43
103 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
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The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present

#3 - The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present

Season 5 - Episode 23

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 8.28
72 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Philip Jason Lasker
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Mrs. George Devereaux

#4 - Mrs. George Devereaux

Season 6 - Episode 9

Blanche has a secret admirer and is shocked when she meets him, her supposedly dead husband, George. Meanwhile, Dorothy is being wooed by two men, Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner.

star 8.25
76 votes
Writers: Tracy Gamble, Richard Vaczy
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Twice in a Lifetime

#5 - Twice in a Lifetime

Season 5 - Episode 20

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 8.25
72 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Robert Bruce, Martin Weiss
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In a Bed of Rose's

#6 - In a Bed of Rose's

Season 1 - Episode 15

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 8.24
174 votes
Writers: Susan Harris
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Grab That Dough

#7 - Grab That Dough

Season 3 - Episode 16

Sophia got the girls a chance to appear on a hit game show Grab that Dough in California. At the hotel, they miss their reservations and they must sleep in the lobby...as a result, all their personal belongings are stolen. Sophia still has the tickets but once they arrive to the game, the girls fight and split into two separate competing teams.

star 8.23
99 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Winifred Hervey
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The Bloom is Off the Rose

#8 - The Bloom is Off the Rose

Season 6 - Episode 13

Rose wants more adventure in her relationship with Miles, so she signs them up for sky diving lessons. Meanwhile, Blanche's relationship with abusive man causes Dorothy to speak her feelings.

star 8.22
80 votes
Writers: Philip Jason Lasker
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Tad

#9 - Tad

Season 8 - Episode 21

It is revealed that Blanche has another brother - a mentally handicapped man who has been living in an institution.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Peter D. Beyt
Writers: Marc Cherry, Jamie Wooten
A Little Romance

#10 - A Little Romance

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.22
181 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
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It's a Miserable Life

#11 - It's a Miserable Life

Season 2 - Episode 4

The girls circulate a petition to save a 200 year old oak tree which is located on the property of the most hated woman in the neighborhood, Frieda Claxton, who wants the tree cut down.

star 8.22
158 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
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Bedtime Story

#12 - Bedtime Story

Season 2 - Episode 17

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 8.21
112 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman, Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
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An Illegitimate Concern

#13 - An Illegitimate Concern

Season 5 - Episode 18

Blanche is stunned when a man comes to the front door and claims to be the illegitimate son of her late husband. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia enter a mother-daughter pageant at Shady Pines.

star 8.21
68 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Marc Cherry, Jamie Wooten
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Big Daddy's Little Lady

#14 - Big Daddy's Little Lady

Season 2 - Episode 6

Blanche's father comes to Miami for a visit and has an announcement he's engaged to be married. Blanche is thrilled until she meets his fiancee who happens to be younger than herself. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose enter a song writing contest.

star 8.20
134 votes
Writers: Russell Marcus
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Clinton Avenue Memoirs

#15 - Clinton Avenue Memoirs

Season 5 - Episode 16

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 8.18
66 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Richard Vaczy, Tracy Gamble
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Love, Rose

#16 - Love, Rose

Season 2 - Episode 10

Rose places an ad in the personals column and she is let down when she doesn't hear an immediate response. This leads Blanche and Dorothy to begin responding under the name Isaac Newton.

star 8.17
133 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
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Rites of Spring

#17 - Rites of Spring

Season 4 - Episode 23

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 8.17
99 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Eric Cohen
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The Monkey Show (2)

#18 - The Monkey Show (2)

Season 7 - Episode 9

Dorothy discovering Gloria sleeping with Stan just adds to their sibling rivalry and Sophia has had it so she leaves just prior the the hurricane hitting.

star 8.17
36 votes
Directors: Lex Passaris
Writers: Marc Sotkin, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Old Friends

#19 - Old Friends

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 8.17
140 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
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To Catch a Neighbor

#20 - To Catch a Neighbor

Season 2 - Episode 24

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

star 8.16
124 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Russell Marcus
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Mixed Blessing

#21 - Mixed Blessing

Season 3 - Episode 23

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 8.16
100 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christopher Lloyd (II)
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The Artist

#22 - The Artist

Season 3 - Episode 13

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 8.16
113 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Christopher Lloyd (II)
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There Goes the Bride (2)

#23 - There Goes the Bride (2)

Season 6 - Episode 17

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 8.15
60 votes
Writers: Gail Parent, Jim Vallely
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Forgive Me, Father

#24 - Forgive Me, Father

Season 2 - Episode 18

Blanche and Rose plan a nice dinner at the house for Dorothy and her new boyfriend whom she later learns is a priest. She later gets another shock when she learns he plans to leave the church.

star 8.15
112 votes
Directors: Terry Hughes
Writers: Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman
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Second Motherhood

#25 - Second Motherhood

Season 1 - Episode 19

Blanche is romanced by a wealthy suitor who she learns has several small children. This fact dampens his proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose go to bat with the bathroom plumbing.

star 8.15
151 votes
Directors: Gary Shimokawa
Writers: Christopher Lloyd (II)
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