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Old 10-08-2016, 12:29 AM   #1
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Confused Why is "Golden Girls" so iconic but not "Designing Women"?

I know that they were both popular series while they were on the air but why has The Golden Girls sustained all these years while Designing Women is long forgotten?
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I'd say:

1. The Golden cast were uniformly better actors, and the characters felt more real;
2. The Golden writing was faster and more conversational, while Designing was more a series of speeches that could get tedious;
3. Golden was pretty consistent through its run, while Designing dropped off drastically. By about season 3, Designing ' s self - righteousness was approaching MASH levels.
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Sad for Designing Women. Also, all 4 Golden Girls stayed on thru out the entire run. There were cast changes thru out the run of Designing Women.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:46 PM   #4
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Because The Golden Girls has a stable cast and far better writing and a consistent Top 25 show for 6 of its 7 seasons. Oh and a legend in Betty White.

Designing Women never really got off the ground until Season 4. DW also had a revolving door of cast changes towards the end of its run once Delta Burke and Jean Smart left. Not quite as memorable as TGG.
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Julia Sugarbaker. That character is too severe and serious for repeated viewing. I couldn't handle having a friend who went off into rants and scolded me all the time. The funniest episodes were the ones that were centered around Delta Burke and Meshach Taylor. I wish they would have had spinoff together.
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Julia Sugarbaker. That character is too severe and serious for repeated viewing. I couldn't handle having a friend who went off into rants and scolded me all the time. The funniest episodes were the ones that were centered around Delta Burke and Meshach Taylor. I wish they would have had spinoff together.
Julia was the main reason I could never enjoy the show.
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I wish they would have had spinoff together.

Throw in Noelle the pig and you might have something.
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Weren't they on around the sametime? I thought the writing was sharper on TGG and funnier.
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The Golden Girls came out in the fall of 1985. Designing Women came out in the fall of 1986.
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While not as legendary as Betty White, Bea Arthur had quite a following too. As mentioned earlier, thd moral conscience of DW was also a bit more heavy handed than GG. Starving kids, breast cancer and porn magazine stands were the center of the episodes and dealt with in the most serious fashion. GG took a much more light hearted approach when tackling serious issues (most of the time). DW seemed to also bust at the seams with feminism where GG was just a fun show about ladies making it on their own. There is certainly nothing wrong with an ultra pro-woman show like DW; it just limits the following.
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Golden Girls also featured women "of a certain age," which was a first on television. Designing Women showed 30-40-something's, still considered "in the prime" to TV producers and audiences.
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I often see Designing Women as a ripoff
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I often see Designing Women as a ripoff

From your perspective, exactly how is it a ripoff?
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The Golden Girls came out in the fall of 1985. Designing Women came out in the fall of 1986.

That probably had very little (if anything) to do with it.
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The important thing is, they're both great shows and every episode is on DVD!
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