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      Season 5 – The Golden Girls

      1989 Comedy List
      Reviews 95% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Four mature women live together in Miami and experience the joys and angst of their golden years. Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche and matriarch Sophia, Dorothy's mom, occasionally clash but are there for one another in the end. After all, when the show's theme song is titled "Thank You for Being a Friend," the ladies have to remain friendly with one another. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Mar 02 Buy Now

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      Episode 1 Aired Sep 23, 1989 Sick and Tired Rose and Sophia are concerned when Dorothy consults medical experts about her chronic fatigue. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 30, 1989 Sick and Tired Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan) recommends a specialist who diagnoses Dorothy's illness. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 14, 1989 Accurate Conception Blanche's unmarried daughter (Debra Engle) announces her desire to have a baby. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 21, 1989 Rose Fights Back Rose returns to the work force when her late husband's pension runs out. Guest stars: Chick Vennera, Beth Grant. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 28, 1989 Love Under the Big Top Dorothy's beau (Dick Van Dyke) gives up a lucrative legal practice to become a circus clown. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 4, 1989 Dancing in the Dark Rose feels insecure about her romance with a college professor (Harold Gould). Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 11, 1989 Not Another Monday Sophia faces a moral dilemma when an ill friend (Geraldine Fitzgerald) asks for help in ending her life. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 18, 1989 That Old Feeling Blanche turns the tables and proposes to her brother-in-law (George Grizzard). Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 25, 1989 Comedy of Errors Dorothy's stab at stand-up shtick is sidetracked by Sophia's heckling. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 2, 1989 All That Jazz Dorothy sends her unemployed son (Scott Jacoby) to live with his equally irresponsible father (Herb Edelman). Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 9, 1989 Ebb Tide Blanche renews hostilities with her sister (Sheree North) when she travels home to attend her father's funeral. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 16, 1989 Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas The ladies volunteer to serve Christmas dinner at a soup kitchen. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 6, 1990 Mary Has a Little Lamb The girls help a pregnant teen (Julie McCullough) and play host to Blanche's visiting pen pal (John Dennis Jonston). Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 13, 1990 Great Expectations Blanche cannot bring herself to enter the hospital following her boyfriend's (Robert Mandan) heart attack. Details Episode 15 Aired Jan 27, 1990 Triple Play Rose prepares herself for a visit from her boyfriend's daughter; Blanche schemes to meet wealthy men. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 3, 1990 Clinton Avenue Memoirs Sophia visits Brooklyn, N.Y., where she hopes to confront the ghost of her dead husband. Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 10, 1990 Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom-Tom Blanche must have a pacemaker implanted and is worried that it will affect her sex life. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 12, 1990 An Illegitimate Concern A young man (Mark Moses) claims to be the illegitimate son of Blanche's late husband. Details Episode 19 Aired Feb 17, 1990 72 Hours Rose is tested for AIDS following the revelation that she may have received a tainted transfusion. Details Episode 20 Aired Feb 24, 1990 Twice in a Lifetime Rose's childhood love (Eddie Bracken) reappears and vies with Miles (Harold Gould) for her attention. Details Episode 21 Aired Mar 3, 1990 Sisters and Other Strangers Blanche's love life is the basis for her sister's (Barbara Babcock) latest novel. Details Episode 22 Aired Mar 24, 1990 Cheaters Dorothy sees an old flame (Jerry Orbach); Blanche and Sophia fall prey to con artists. Details Episode 23 Aired Mar 31, 1990 The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present Blanche supplies a date for wedding-bound Dorothy; Sophia puts a curse on the newlyweds. Details Episode 24 Aired Apr 28, 1990 All Bets Are Off Dorothy's gambling addiction worries Sophia; Blanche dates a co-worker. Details Episode 25 Aired May 5, 1990 The President's Coming! The President's Coming! The women reminisce about their experiences prior to a visit to their home by the president. Details Episode 26 Aired May 5, 1990 The President's Coming! The President's Coming! The women continue to share their memories as the president's arrival time approaches. Details

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      Nikki Tranter PopMatters After four seasons of varying quality... the fifth returns to form. Rated: 6/10 Sep 17, 2018 Full Review Filip Vukcevic IGN Movies The Golden Girls is a very funny show, to be sure. But unless you're really in love with the characters once you've seen an entire season's worth of episodes, it feels like you've seen them all. Rated: 6/10 Sep 17, 2018 Full Review

      Audience Ratings

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      Cyrus K My personal favorite TV show of all time! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/02/22 Full Review dave d Slight backwards step, but still funny as hell. Hard to fathom some of the plots to this campaign. Dorothy with a gambling addiction? Yikes! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member So funny. Blanche is my queen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review andrew k One of the best-written sitcoms ever. An absolute gold standard for the form, while also being a departure at the time. Great show. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member for me the show hit its peak during this season. lots of laughs Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Post a review

      Season Info

      Terry Hughes, Lex Passaris
      Philip Jason Lasker, Tom Whedon, Gail Parent, Robert Bruce, Richard Vaczy, Marc Cherry, Marc Sotkin, Susan Harris, Eugene B. Stein, Don Reo, Harold Apter, Martin Weiss, Jamie Wooten, Tracy Gamble
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      Release Date
      Sep 23, 1989