R.I.P. Rue McClanahan; In Memory, the Top Golden Girls Musical Moments
Blanche's Dad Tries to Become a Country Singer
In the season one episode "Big Daddy," Blanche's father comes for a visit to reveal that he's decided to become a country singer, and sold the family home to do so. Unfortunately, he's a bit low on talent, a fact painfully displayed at the beginning of this clip. (Skip ahead to about 0:43.)
Dorothy Sings "What'll I Do"
There's nothing funny here; rather, Dorothy's piano lounge rendition of this Irving Berlin standard is a more or less comedy-free moment of touching sincerity. Bea Arthur, you are missed.
Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy Sing "Mr. Sandman"
his comes from a season five episode, "Not Another Monday," with a pretty depressing theme -- the main plot line revolves around a friend of Sophia's who wants to voluntarily shuffle off this mortal coil. Luckily, it's lightened a bit by a plotline involving the other three Girls tending to a sick baby. Here, they placate its cries by a deftly harmonized rendition of "Mr. Sandman."
Sophia and Dorothy Do "I Got You Babe"
What's more adorable than pint-size Sophia impersonating Sonny Bono? Well, maybe something involving kittens, but this is pretty amazing too. Again, R.I.P. Estelle Getty.
The Absolute Best: The Girls Write a Jingle About Miami
Miami has done everything possible to try to shake its Golden Girls-era reputation. These days, there's no way in hell the tourism board would allow 1) a jingle sounding like a showtune built around a piano, 2) a jingle sung by seniors, 3) a jingle, period. Still, this is a sweet, chirpy homage to the city that makes us see it anew through the eyes of a spunky retiree. Thanks girls for the reminder that we should try more often to "dance samba till morning, then lie on the beach."