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10 Storylines On The Golden Girls That Were Way Ahead Of Their Time

Thursday 16 April 2020


From Screen Rant:


The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls

10 Storylines On The Golden Girls That Were Way Ahead Of Their Time

The Golden Girls is a beloved comedy centered around the lives of four elderly women. Years later, some of the storylines remain way ahead of their time.

By Kasy Long
April 14, 2020
Copyright © 2020

The Golden Girls has become more popular in recent years. The 1980’s sitcom featured hilarious situations with four aging women: Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). At some point, everyone can identify with all four women.

The sitcom is still funny to this day. People love The Golden Girls and want to be like them as senior citizens. However, while the show was hilarious, it was also surprisingly progressive in the 1980s. It tackled difficult subjects other shows were hesitant to feature. Many of these topics are still relevant today, including deportation, drug addiction, interracial marriages, gay rights, and more. The Golden Girls was one of the first shows to introduce these topics on television.


10/10 The Issue With Gaslighting

Many women have experienced the troubling problem when their doctors don’t believe them and simply “gaslight” them—manipulating them by questioning their own sanity. In the season five two-part episode “Sick and Tired,” Dorothy knows she’s sick. She’s tired all the time, but her doctor writes it off as anxiety and natural aging. He tells her to go to the beauty parlor and she’ll feel better.

Thankfully, Dorothy doesn’t give up and she eventually gets a diagnosis from another doctor, who confirms she has chronic fatigue syndrome. When she later sees her original doctor at a restaurant, she confronts him. She says, “I don’t know where you doctors lose your humanity, but you lose it…You better start listening to your patients. They need to be heard…You know, someday Doctor Budd, you’re going to be on the other side of the table, and as angry as I am and as angry as I always will be, I still wish you a better doctor than you were to me.”

What’s the moral of the story? Doctors need to listen to their patients and not just dismiss them because of their gender or age. Oh, and if you wrong Dorothy Zbornak, she’ll drag you.


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