With Betty White being the last living Golden Girl, our world is currently deprived of three of the funniest women to ever grace the television screen. Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan were — hands down — nothing less than pioneers when, as women hovering just above middle age, they brought sass, bawdiness, and downright hilarity to NBC as the ensemble cast of The Golden Girls, the rare TV show that focused on women of a certain age (sixty).
Now, we think, is a good a time as any to celebrate one of TV’s most beloved sitcoms, which lives on in syndication on WEtv and The Hallmark Channel (and also on my DVR, 80% of which is filled with nothing but the reruns, to which I know every line of dialogue because I am crazy). In fact, Golden moments are strewn all over YouTube, a prime medium in which to spend part of your day ignoring work and, instead, quietly bellowing at the sound of one of Rose’s St. Olaf stories, Sophia and Dorothy’s barbs, or Blanche’s tawdry tales of dirty laundry.
Personally, my very favorite moment (#toughchoices) comes with two pieces of story: Sophia wearing prescription Ray Bans and Blanche reviewing her family tree. Bea Arthur (my favorite Girl, whose easy comedic flow seemed to only become more playful and jubilant as the seasons wore on and her hair became bigger) (that’s my actual theory, seriously) knocks it out of the park here, but if you have your own favorite scene — and here’s hoping it’s on YouTube — let us know in the comments!