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Golden Girls, The (NBC 1985-1992, Bea Arthur, Betty White)

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TV ladies over the age of fifty generally don’t mouth off too terribly much, and they rarely take an active interest in sex. But the spitfires in The Golden Girls took those old-fashioned gray-haired paradigms and threw them right out the window.

Blanche Devereaux was a Southern belle and a tireless man chaser. Under her roof lived housemates Dorothy Zbornak, a divorced substitute teacher whose husband had left for a younger woman; Rose Nylund, a dim-witted grief counselor who was forever rambling on about her small-town Midwestern roots; and Sophia Petrillo, Dorothy’s mom, who moved in when her retirement home burned to the ground. All except Rose had good, healthy, wisecracking mouths, though none quite as sharp as little old Sophia’s. One had to doubt that Sophia was ever demure, but the show had you believe that after she had a stroke, she was especially acid-tongued. You’d better respect your elders, because if any of them could unload insults like this lady could, you were in for it.

Between their jobs, their ex’s, their grown kids, the stream of new beaus that traipsed through their sunny Miami family room, and the comedy that came when the ladies played off of each other, there wasn’t a lot of time for bridge games or needlework. Each of the four stars won Emmys, and the show had a powerful ratings run during its seven years.

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When Bea Arthur (Dorothy) left the series at the end of the 1992 season, the show left the NBC airwaves. CBS picked up Blanche, Rose and Sophia for a spin-off series called The Golden Palace (Dorothy did make one guest appearance), but it only lasted another season. After the new show was cancelled, Sophia became a regular on the Golden Girls spin-off Empty Nest, about the doctor who lived near the ladies in the original show.

Plenty of television shows had token older actors, but never had an all-senior cast cleaned up quite like this. If this was what growing old was about—good friends, wily romance and plenty of laughs—then it might not be so bad after all.

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“The point, Rose, get to the point!”

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USA / NBC – Touchstone – Witt- Thomas-Harris / 176×25 minute episodes 2×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 September 1985 – 12 September 1992

Creator: Susan Harris / Executive Producers: Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Susan Harris, Marc Sotkin

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Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak
Betty White as Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux
Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo
Herb Edelman as Stanley Zbornak
Harold Gould as Miles Webber (1989-92)

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Copper’s End (ITV 1971, Bill Owen, Josephine Tewson)

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Sitcom Coppers End was very much from the Will Hay  (and Ask A Policeman in particular) school of comedy; When the series began the boys at the station led by Sergeant Stan Short, had the art of doing nothing down to a tee, so much so that they were even able to hire out their squad car for all manner of weddings, driving lessons and even stock car racing. All until the arrival of the super efficient W.P.S. Penny Pringle that is.

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BILL OWEN as Sgt Sam Short
RICHARD WATTIS as PC Eddie Edwards
GEORGE MOON as PC Chipper Collins
JOSEPHINE TEWSON as WPS Penny Pringle
ROYCE MILLS as PC Dinkworth
GEORGE MOON as Ch Supt Ripper

crew details
Creator: Ted Willis
Producer: Shaun O’Riordan
Director: John Sichel

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – ATV
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 19 February – 14 May 1971

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Conjugal Rights (ITV 1993-1994, Gwen Taylor, Michael Williams)

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Conjugal Rights

Sitcom Conjugal Rights detailed the ups and downs of middle-class, middle-aged married couple Gen and Barry.

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GWEN TAYLOR as Gen
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Barry
STEPHEN MOORE as Philip
CORDELIA BUGEJA as Gillian
MAGGIE HENDERSON as Pam
WARREN MITCHELL as Voice of Toby the Dog (Season 1)
CHRIS ELLISON as Voice of Toby (Season 2)

crew details
Writer: Roger Hall
Producers: Humphrey Barclay, Justin Greene

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada – Humphrey Barclay
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 16 April 1993 – 17 June 1994

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Christmas Story, A (Fox 2017, Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick)

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A Christmas Story Fox 2017

A three-hour live television event, inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”

Executive-produced by award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”). The epic adaptation is filmed at the historic Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

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Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker
Matthew Broderick as Ralphie as an Adult
Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields
Chris Diamantopoulos as Old Man Parker
Santino Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz
Andy Walken as Ralphie Parker
Laura Dickinson as Off Camera Vocalist
Sacha Carlson as Scut Farkus
Jessica Fontana as Off Camera Vocalist
Abigail Dylan Harrison as Louise
Artyon Celestine as Richie
Sammy Ramirez as Schwartz
Elie Samouhi as Grover Dill
Chris Mann as Off Camera Vocalist

crew details
Writers and Executive Producers: Jonathan Tolins, Robert Cary
Executive Producers: Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Alex Rudzinski
Director and Executive Producer: Scott Ellis

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Fox – Warner Horizon Television
Duration: 1×180 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 17 December 2017 at 7.00pm

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