10 Ways ‘The Golden Girls’ Was Way Before Its Time

As a kid in the mid 80s, I had no business watching The Golden Girls. How my parents let me watch is beyond me. The topics, the sexual overtones. Now as a person in my late 30s, I actually get the jokes that were so far over my head as a kid.

I can say this with the utmost confidence: every episode of The Golden Girls still hold up.

So with that being said, this list not only has to do with The Golden Girls but also has a point: I’m going to demonstrate how the show was ahead of its time.


10 | Episode:  Isn’t it Romantic?

Story: Dorothy’s friend Jean, who happens to be a lesbian, has a crush on Rose.

golden girls lesbian episode

My Take: What if Rose was actually down? The whole Golden Girl universe would be turned upside down. The fact that they even tackled this subject at the time put the show in a class of its own.


9 | Episode:  Whose Face Is This, Anyway?

Story:  Blanche goes to her high school reunion and thinks her looks are fading. She of course decides to have plastic surgery.

golden girls blanche plastic surgery

My Take: Dear Blanche, we love your “saggy bottom”, droopy cheeks and every other lady part. Never change. Many shows tackled body issues, but never in such a straightforward manner.


8 | Episode:  Mixed Blessing

Story: Dorothy’s son is engaged. Not only is the woman black but she’s also a lot older.

My Take: Racism and Cougars, years before anyone else.


7 | Episode:  The Impotence of Being Ernest

Story: Rose’s new boyfriend suffers from sexual dysfunction.

My Take: Thankfully as kids we didn’t get bombarded with Viagra commercials, but every parent who watches NFL football with their kids today has to field “what’s a 4 hour erection?” questions. The Golden Girls tackled erectile dysfunction when it was still mega-taboo.


6 | Episode: 72 Hours

Story: Rose had a blood transfusion a few years prior and she’s worried it may have contained HIV-infected blood.

golden girls rose hiv

My Take: This episode aired in 1990 and I can safely say, not many shows were touching this topic. And the writers/producers/cast didn’t just tackle it to cross it off the list, they knocked it out of the park.



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