The BEST Episodes of The Golden Girls
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019
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.
#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...
#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.
#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.
#4 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - Isn't It Romantic
Season 2 - Episode 5
Dorothy's old friend, Jean comes to Miami for a visit and Dorothy decides not to tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. Then, after spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR, prompts Sophia to rent ""dirty movies.""
#23 - Triple Play
Season 5 - Episode 15
Blanche tries to lure men by placing a fake ad in the paper trying to sell a Mercedes. Meanwhile, Rose has to deal with meeting Miles's daughter who makes it clear she wants their relationship to be no more and Dorothy discovers Sophia is hoarding Social Security money, thanks to a computer error.
#24 - Till Death Do We Volley
Season 4 - Episode 19
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
#25 - Foreign Exchange
Season 4 - Episode 24
Sophia's old friends, Philomena and Dominic, come to Miami from Sicily, for a visit and have shocking news for Dorothy. Philomena and Sophia had met in the hospital when they were giving birth and now Philomena and Dominic claim that there was a mix-up and Dorothy was switched at birth. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose take ""dirty dancing"" lessons.