‘The Golden Girls’: How Many Episodes Did Betty White Star as Rose Nylund?

by Madison Miller

Well “Back in St. Olaf …” Fans of the show “The Golden Girls” will recognize one of Rose Nylund’s famous lines. She was known for telling stories that rarely made sense and usually focused on her weird hometown in Minnesota.

Instead of laughs and conversation, Rose was usually greeted by blank stares, silence, and maybe a few lighthearted insults. She was an often naive and easy-going character. Alongside Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia, Betty White as Rose Nylund helped create a dynamic comedy that cannot be replicated.

Betty White played her character in “The Golden Girls” for a total of 208 episodes. This is over the span of eight years. She also appeared in three different spin-offs about the show — “The Golden Palace,” “Empty Nest,” and “Nurses.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, White picked her top five roles in 2010. At the time they were, “Life With Elizabeth,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “Ally McBeal,” and “The Practice and “Boston Legal.”

”She was terminally naive. I like Rose because she thought life was like a musical comedy. It was going to have a happy ending no matter what ever happened,” White said of her character Rose Nylund.

Betty White Talks About ‘The Golden Girls’

While “The Golden Girls” is an iconic show, it certainly isn’t the only defining moment of White’s career. Some of her other key TV roles were in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Hot in Cleveland.”

Her career spans from the 1930s to now. She is known for other roles in “The Proposal,” “You Again,” and appearances in a variety of shows like “Young & Hungry” and “Community.”

She even has the nickname of “The First Lady of Television” for her decades in the business. Betty White is as iconic and hilarious as the characters she portrays. The 99-year-old hasn’t slowed down much in her entertainment world roles.

In an old 1987 interview, Betty White opens up about what it’s like to play Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.”

“Now, Rose isn’t slow-witted; she just marches to a different drum, that’s all. Rose believes anything anybody tells her and she takes each word at its surface meaning; she never looks for the overall meaning. And sometimes she backs into unfortunate situations,” White said.

White also said that the show was as funny as it was because of the chemistry between herself, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty. The good times, laughter, and comedic genius energy radiates onto the show.

“We are having so much fun, there should be a law against it. We work well together, because everybody’s very professional, but off-camera, we adore each other. And it’s a privilege to go to work. If the four of us did not get along or support each other, I don’t know how you can be funny. I really don’t,” White said.