Why ‘Golden Girls’ Will Never Have a Reboot

by Megan Molseed
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We are certainly in the season of reboots. From Magnum PI, Sex and the City, and even the Waltons, television fans are being treated to some updates and reimagined takes to some of our all-time favorite television moments.

So, does this mean that one of our all-time favorite television casts will be rebooting? Giving us a chance to once again “thank you for being a friend?”

The wildly popular sitcom Golden Girls took the airwaves by storm for seven years from 1985 until 1992. And, the iconic series has recently faced a sort of revival.

The popular series which features four women in their Golden years of life is now fully available on Hulu. There are also various opportunities to catch reruns of the hit series in syndication. It’s no doubt that the long-running series is certainly a fan favorite these days.

Unfortunately, say Golden Girls showrunners, fans cannot expect a reboot of the hit series. Why? The reason is simple, really. The charming series is only as good as it is because of the dynamic created by the original cast.

“They’ve wanted to do Golden Girls the Musical and re-do Golden Girls,” said one of the creators of the sitcom Susan harris.

“We’ve always said no because Golden Girls would not be Golden Girls without that cast,” the showrunner added in a 2017 conversation with Entertainment Weekly.

The Original ‘Golden Girls’ Holds Its Own

This, Harris added, is something the creators of the series learned the hard way as the show’s spin-off, Golden Palace failed to find the same audience reaction that the original series experienced.

When Bea Arthur’s Golden Girls character, Dorothy Zbornak, ran off to enjoy life as a newlywed to fellow Golden Girls Blanche’s (Rue McClanahan) southern uncle who was portrayed by the great Leslie Nielson, the rest of the group stayed together to begin a new venture.

In this new series, the three original Golden Girls Blanche (Rue McClanahan), Rose (Betty White), and Sophia (Estelle Getty) were joined by Cheech Marin and Don Cheadle while they became business partners running a hotel.

This series, however, lasted only one season. This, showrunners say, is because the show was missing one important piece, Beatrice Arthur’s Dorothy.

“Without Dorothy, it didn’t work,” Susan Harris explained. And, the showrunner noted, this is why the Golden Girls is “what it was and that’s the way it should remain.”

Always A Way To Enjoy One Of Television’s Best

No worries for fans of the series, though.

As mentioned above, there are many opportunities in which fans can still rewatch the popular series in its entirety.

And, I guarantee, once you do, every member of your household will regularly be humming the hit television sitcom’s catchy tune. Assuring each other that “if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew. You would see the biggest gift would be from me. And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend!”