The series centered around four older women played by Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty. They lived together in a Miami, Florida home and dealt with a wide variety of issues like adult parenting, dating, love, sex and death. Here are a few clips from the series, commercials, and two of the spin-offs.
|The original full-version of the “Thank You For Being a Friend” opening.
||A clip from the pilot episode and the introduction of Sophia. Note how her appearance changed for later episodes.
|A great scene from the 1990 episode “Ebbtide’s Revenge” about the death of Dorothy’s gay brother. Watch Estelle Getty at the end.
||Lifetime aired a special devoted to the series’ greatest moments. Here are a few bloopers. Look for Estelle without her make-up in rehearsal.
|A PSA from 1988 with the girls encouraging viewers to “Just Say No.”
||Bea, Rue and Betty are all longtime animal-rights supporters and taped this anti-fur spot for PETA.
|The opening from the successful spin-off series Empty Nest starring Richard Mulligan.
||The opening from the CBS spin-off series The Golden Palace. See a future film star?