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* 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).
** 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.
** One of the songs that Dorothy sings at the Rusty Anchor in the final season episode "Journey to the Center of Attention" is "Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)" (from ''Tin Pan Alley''), which Bea Arthur had previously sung in an episode of ''Series/{{Maude}}''.
** Another possible allusion to ''Maude'' is in the Season Two episode "A Piece of Cake," in the flashback scene at Mr. Ha-Ha's Hot Dog Hacienda. When Mr. Ha-Ha is about to reveal Dorothy's age in his "birthday roundup," Dorothy yells, "I'll punch your heart out, Ha-Ha!" One of Maude Findlay's (also played by Arthur) catch phrases on ''Maude'' was "I'll rip your heart out."



* CastTheRunnerUp: Creator/BettyWhite was offered Blanche due to playing Sue Ann Nivens on ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' and Rue [=McClanahan=] had played a ditzy character named Vivian on ''Series/{{Maude}}'' which lead to her being offered Rose. However, there was fear of Blanche being too much like Sue Ann and Rue didn't feel comfortable with Rose and they swapped.



** As mentioned in PlayingAgainstType above, Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were originally envisioned to play Rose and Blanche, respectively, and Bea Arthur was not interested in doing the series if that happened, because it would have been a rehash of Rue's character from ''Maude'' and Betty's from ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show''. Once the roles were reversed, Bea became interested in the concept and signed up.


* 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.

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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 girls' 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.


* AdoredByTheNetwork: The show played frequently on the Lifetime network during the 1990s and 2000s, airing at least six times per day. Parodied in a post-9/11 ''Onion'' [[https://web.archive.org/web/20100325205520/http://www.theonion.com/issue/3734/ article]]; while every channel was airing a program tied with the tragedy, Lifetime aired nothing but ''Golden Girls''.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: The show played frequently on In general, any station that has the rights to this series will play the hell out of it, either in daily/nightly blocks or weekly hours-long marathons. Even though Lifetime network during played the 1990s and 2000s, airing show at least six times per day. Parodied in day during the 1990s and 2000s (to the point where a post-9/11 ''Onion'' [[https://web.archive.org/web/20100325205520/http://www.theonion.com/issue/3734/ article]]; parody article]] stated that while every channel was airing a program tied with the tragedy, Lifetime aired nothing but ''Golden Girls''.Girls''), other networks seem to be playing the show even more times than that nowadays.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: The show played frequently on the Lifetime network during the 1990s and 2000s, airing at least six times per day. Parodied in a post-9/11 ''Onion'' [[https://web.archive.org/web/20100325205520/http://www.theonion.com/issue/3734/ article]]; while every channel was airing a program tied with the tragedy, Lifetime aired nothing but ''Golden Girls''.

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** Estelle Getty felt uncomfortable making jokes about Phil's cross-dressing while standing at his casket in "Ebbtide's Revenge" and wouldn't do the scene without some rewrites. Unlike Arthur's discomfort with the mink fur plot, Getty was successful in prompting the writers to tone the scene down.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Betty White is famous for being an animal lover, so her character Rose often had subplots involving finding or taking care of animals.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The clothes, hair, technology, and topical references all ''scream'' UsefulNotes/TheEighties.
** "Sisters and Other Strangers" aired after the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, but ''before'' the "Velvet Divorce"[[note]] (Czechoslovakia's split into the UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic and UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}})[[/note]], so Dorothy's mentions of the former and not the latter will likely confuse younger viewers.


** The famous shot seen in the opening titles of Blanche pulling her sleeve over her hand was shot for the episode "Break In," but was deleted from the final cut. It has subsequently been called the "Flying Dutchman" of deleted scenes for this series.

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** The famous shot seen in the opening titles of Blanche pulling her sleeve over her hand was shot taped for the episode "Break In," but was deleted from the final cut. It has subsequently been called the "Flying Dutchman" of deleted scenes for this series.


* CreatorBacklash:
** Bea Arthur grew tired of the increasing reliance on Dorothy put-down jokes as the series progressed. Jokes about Blanche's promiscuity or Rose's naivety only applied to the characters, so their actresses could shake them off. For Dorothy, however, most jokes about the character focused on her height and appearance, which also applied to Arthur. Arthur was reportedly quite insecure underneath her tough façade, and had a tough time handling the insults.
** Bea Arthur intensely disliked the subplot from "End of the Curse" about raising minks for fur coats. She unsuccessfully lobbied the writers to change it.



** The famous shot seen in the opening titles of Blanche pulling her sleeve over her hand was shot for the episode "Break In," but was deleted from the final cut. It has subsequently been called the "Flying Dutchman" of deleted scenes for this series.



** As mentioned in PlayingAgainstType above, Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were originally going to play Rose and Blanche, respectively, and Bea Arthur was not interested in doing the series if that happened, because it would have been a rehash of Rue's character from ''Maude'' and Betty's from ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show''. Once the roles were reversed, Bea became interested in the concept and signed up.
** Coco was originally going to be a regular character on the show, with Sophia a recurring character. After filming the first episode, the audience loved Sophia so much that she became a regular instead, and Coco was never seen again.

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** As mentioned in PlayingAgainstType above, Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were originally going envisioned to play Rose and Blanche, respectively, and Bea Arthur was not interested in doing the series if that happened, because it would have been a rehash of Rue's character from ''Maude'' and Betty's from ''The Mary Tyler Moore Show''. Once the roles were reversed, Bea became interested in the concept and signed up.
** Coco was originally going to be a regular character on the show, with Sophia a recurring character. After filming the first episode, pilot, the audience loved Sophia so much that she became a regular instead, and Coco was never seen again.

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** Bea Arthur had originally intended to leave after the ''sixth'' season, but was persuaded by the producers to stay for one more. This seemed to be a recurring thing with Arthur, as her previous series ''Series/{{Maude}}'' had ended after ''its'' sixth season because Arthur had wanted to leave.


** Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were initially sought after to play Rose and Blanche, respectively. At the time, Betty White was well-known for playing "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens on ''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''. It was director Jay Sandrich who suggested switching them during the audition process.[=McClanahan=] was delighted, as she coveted the role of Blanche and had no handle on how to play Rose.

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** Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were initially sought after to play Rose and Blanche, respectively. At the time, Betty White was well-known for playing "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens on ''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''. It was director Jay Sandrich who suggested switching them during the audition process. [=McClanahan=] was delighted, as she coveted the role of Blanche and had no handle on how to play Rose.


** 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 ''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''.

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** Rue [=McClanahan=] and Betty White were supposed initially sought after to play Rose and Blanche, respectively. They suggested switching around. At the time, Betty White was well-known for playing "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens on ''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''. It was director Jay Sandrich who suggested switching them during the audition process.[=McClanahan=] was delighted, as she coveted the role of Blanche and had no handle on how to play Rose.



*** According to Rue, this was a major reason that Bea Arthur agreed to star; previously, she'd told Rue that she had no interest in doing "Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann Nivens."

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*** According to Rue, this the casting swap was a major reason that factor in getting Bea Arthur agreed to star; sign on; previously, she'd told Rue that she had no interest in doing "Maude and Vivian meet Sue Ann Nivens."


* 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 (despite the fact that they had previously worked together on ''Maude'') calling her very eccentric. With the exception of Betty and Rue, the cast weren't really friends.

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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=] [=McClanahan=] has said she didn't have a relationship with Bea either (despite the fact that they had previously worked together on ''Maude'') calling her very eccentric.eccentric. Rue would also get ''very'' annoyed with Estelle Getty's constant line flubs and retakes in later seasons (though she changed her tune quite considerably when it was revealed Getty was going through dementia). With the exception of Betty and Rue, the cast weren't really friends.


** Another possible allusion to ''Maude'' is in the Season Two episode "A Piece of Cake," in the flashback scene at Mr. Ha-Ha's Hot Dog Hacienda. When Mr. Ha-Ha is about to reveal Dorothy's age in his "birthday roundup," Dorothy yells, "I'll punch your heart out, Ha-Ha!" One of Maude Findlay's (also played by Arthur) catch phrases on ''Maude'' was "I'll rip your heart out."



** The Season Five episode "Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom-Tom" has one deleted scene that didn't even make it into the otherwise uncut DVD release of the series. The plot of the episode involves Blanche struggling with making adjustments in her life after she has a pacemaker implanted. In the deleted scene, Sophia is craving microwave popcorn but then sees the popcorn is gone, and Dorothy and Rose mention they're giving away the microwave at doctor's orders out of concern for Blanche's safety. This scene (aired in 1990) was likely cut due to medical knowledge at the time that has been debunked since.

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** The Season Five episode "Like the Beep Beep Beep of the Tom-Tom" has one deleted scene that didn't even make it into the otherwise uncut DVD release of the series. The plot of the episode involves Blanche struggling with making adjustments in her life after she has a pacemaker implanted. In the deleted scene, Sophia is craving microwave popcorn but then sees the popcorn is gone, and Dorothy and Rose mention they're giving away the microwave at doctor's orders out of concern for Blanche's safety. This scene (aired in 1990) was likely cut due to medical knowledge at the time that has been debunked since.



* 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.

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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 (despite the fact that they had previously worked together on ''Maude'') calling her very eccentric. With the exception of Betty and Rue, the cast weren't really friends.

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* RecycledScript: "High Anxiety" (about Rose's prescription pill addiction) and "All Bets Are Off" (about Dorothy's gambling addiction). They both feature similar dialogue near the end, with one of the characters commenting that Rose/Dorothy is cured, and Rose/Dorothy correcting them by saying that they're not cured, but that they can fight their addiction by taking it one day at a time.

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