History Trivia / TheGoldenGirls

30th Sep '17 7:26:42 AM ClintEastwood
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The show is set in Miami, FL. but was shot in Los Angeles. StockFootage of the city was used in opening credits and other scenes. The exterior of the girl's house was part of an actual studio backlot house at Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, until the backlot ride was demolished in 2004 to make room for a new attraction.
30th Sep '17 7:24:32 AM ClintEastwood
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* CelebrityParadox: Shows up a few times:
** In an early episode, the girls are suffering from a flu and argue over which soap opera they should watch; Blanche wants to see ''Series/AnotherWorld.'' Rue [=McClanahan=] appeared on that particular soap for one season, from 1970-1971.
** In "Ladies of the Evening," Rose lists off some of the celebrities that will be attending the premiere of Burt Reynolds's new movie. Charles Nelson Reilly is on the list; Betty White made several appearances on ''Series/MatchGame'' with Reilly during the 1970s and '80s. Also, the later episode "Grab That Dough" sees the girls going on the game show of the same name, and Rose compares the host, Guy Corbin, to several other famous game show hosts of the era; one such host is Gene Rayburn, who hosted the aforementioned ''Match Game''.
** Sylvester Stallone clearly exists in the Girls' universe, as Rose mentions ''Film/RockyIV'' in one episode. Stallone appeared with Estelle Getty, who played Sophia, in the infamous flop ''Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!''
** In two different episodes, Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur, sings a few bars of songs from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''. Guess who played Yente the Matchmaker in the original Broadway production?


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* PostScriptSeason: Creator/BeaArthur decided to leave the show after the seventh season, and the series ends with Dorothy getting married and moving to Atlanta. However, her mother Sophia decides to stay in Miami with the roommates, setting up the premise for said AfterShow, ''The Series/GoldenPalace'', as the girls buy a struggling high-end hotel. It wasn't well received, but has gained something of a cult following in subsequent years.
22nd Aug '17 4:55:07 AM ClintEastwood
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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/BeaArthur reportedly did not get along with her co-stars very well. Creator/BettyWhite admitted that they did not have a good relationship, and that she found White's optimism annoying. Rue [=McLanahan=] has said she didn't have a relationship with Bea either calling her very eccentric. With the exception of Betty and Rue, the cast weren't really friends.



* OldShame: In later years, Bea Arthur declined interviews to talk about the show, claiming it was from "an unhappy period" in her life, and much preferred to speak about her work on ''Series/{{Maude}}.''

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* OldShame: In later years, Bea Arthur Creator/BeaArthur declined interviews to talk about the show, claiming it was from "an unhappy period" in her life, and much preferred to speak about her work on ''Series/{{Maude}}.''
6th Jul '17 5:24:54 PM nombretomado
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** Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were supposed to play Rose and Blanche, respectively. They suggested switching around. Betty White was well-known for playing "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens on ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''. Outside of her TV persona, Sue Ann was cruel and man-hungry, the antithesis of Rose. Rue, meanwhile, had played sweet but scatterbrained Vivian Harmon on ''Series/{{Maude}}'', as well as prissy spinster Aunt Fran on ''Series/MamasFamily''.

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** Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were supposed to play Rose and Blanche, respectively. They suggested switching around. Betty White was well-known for playing "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens on ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''. Outside of her TV persona, Sue Ann was cruel and man-hungry, the antithesis of Rose. Rue, meanwhile, had played sweet but scatterbrained Vivian Harmon on ''Series/{{Maude}}'', as well as prissy spinster Aunt Fran on ''Series/MamasFamily''.
21st May '17 11:47:55 AM creader
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* TheCastShowoff: Bea Arthur got to sing in a few episodes. Not to mention Betty and Rue get to show off their dancing skills.

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* TheCastShowoff: TheCastShowoff:
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Bea Arthur got to sing in a few episodes. Not to mention Betty and Rue get to show off their dancing skills.



* FakeNationality[=/=]CastingGag: In keeping with the precedent set by the casting of Dorothy and Sophia, every prominent Italian on the series was played by a Jewish actor.

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* FakeNationality[=/=]CastingGag: FakeNationality: In keeping with the precedent set by the casting of Dorothy and Sophia, every prominent Italian on the series was played by a Jewish actor.



* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Bea Arthur said that Herb Edelman was nothing like Stan (the character he portrayed in the series).
3rd May '17 1:41:10 PM teeveetropes
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* RealLifeRelative: Blanche's grandson David was played by David Jayne/Jacoby, brother of Scott Jacoby, who portrayed Dorothy's son Michael; then in the finale, the characters are related when Dorothy marries Blanche's and David's Uncle Lucas.

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* RealLifeRelative: Blanche's grandson David was played by David Billy Jayne/Jacoby, brother of Scott Jacoby, who portrayed Dorothy's son Michael; then in the finale, the characters are related when Dorothy marries Blanche's and David's Uncle Lucas.
10th Mar '17 1:54:16 PM NWolfman
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* WorkingTitle: ''Miami [[IncrediblyLamePun Nice]].'' [[Series/MiamiVice Get it??]]
30th Sep '16 8:27:43 PM Green_lantern40
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* RecycledSet:
** The girls' kitchen was recycled from Susan Harris' earlier short-lived sitcom ''It Takes Two''.
** The show frequently made use of a "lobby" set in several episodes, including "Grab That Dough" and "Valentine's Day", usually dressed for use as a hotel lobby. It was even featured in an episode of ''The Series/GoldenPalace'' as the set for Shady Pines.
17th Aug '16 6:04:42 PM Green_lantern40
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* ActorAllusion: In "Brotherly Love", Dorothy recounts how while on a double date with Stan and his brother at a soda shop, Stan "entertained" them by sticking straws up his nose and pretending to be a walrus. In the "Cousin Maude" episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', Arthur's character Maude recalls Archie Bunker doing the same thing on a double date with her cousin Edith and herself.

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
** In "Second Motherhood", Blanche mentions how her latest beau insisted on having her meet his family, which she took to mean "his little ol' gray-haired momma and his spinster aunt"[[note]]but actually meant his two very young kids[[/note]]. Rue [=McClanahan=]'s previous series, ''Series/MamasFamily'', featured a little ol' gray-haired Mama and a spinster aunt as two of its main characters, with [=McClanahan=] playing the spinster aunt (Aunt Fran).
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In "Brotherly Love", Dorothy recounts how while on a double date with Stan and his brother at a soda shop, Stan "entertained" them by sticking straws up his nose and pretending to be a walrus. In the "Cousin Maude" episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', Arthur's character Maude recalls Archie Bunker doing the same thing on a double date with her cousin Edith and herself.
5th May '16 3:49:50 PM VoxAquila
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* OldShame: In later years, Bea Arthur declined interviews to talk about the show, claiming it was from "an unhappy period" in her life, and much preferred to speak about her work on ''Series/{{Maude}}.''
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