Golden Girls

15 Unbelievably Progressive ‘Golden Girls’ Episodes

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Happy 30th anniversary to our favorite silver-haired residents of Miami, the Golden Girls. The series created by Susan Harris in 1985 ran for seven seasons. “I had to write Golden Girls,” Harris told the New York Times in 1985. “I’ve never gotten excited about a network idea before, but this was compelling. I could write grown-ups. Television is always several steps behind life. When do you see passionate older people on television?” The elderly in popular culture are often dismissed as a joke, but Harris’ show presented older women having the time of their life, openly discussing sex, death, and everything in between. Here are just a few of the most progressive Golden Girls episodes that were way ahead of their time.
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TV’s Most Unlikely Spin-Offs

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Yesterday’s news that the powers that be at Breaking Bad are contemplating a spin-off series centered on Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk’s sleazy lawyer, was a bit of a head-scratcher. Sure, we love Saul as much as anybody, but he’s not just a supporting character (and thus, via precedent, possible spin-off fodder) — he’s also the “comic relief” on a decidedly serious program, meaning that Better Call Saul (or whatever it might be called) would presumably have a tone, style, and length altogether removed from its predecessor. It’d be a peculiar transition, is the point — but it certainly wouldn’t be the strangest spin-off we’ve seen. Examples after the jump.
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