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Old 10-05-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I am writing here to tell you something about the golden girls.
I love this show I have all 7 DVD's of all seasons.
I love the dialogs, the writing is amazing.
There is only one thing I don't understand.
It's about the jokes when they use a name of an american celebrity.
Of course when they compare someone with Jane Fonda or Mickael Jackson i get the point but most of the time (8 times on 10) I don't get it.
It's sometimes very frustrating because Im sure these jokes are amazing if i would get them.
So my questions is for the Americans, these comparaisons about celebrities are really funny. Do i miss a lot by not understand them ?
thanks for your answers
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If you aren't familiar with the celebrities that the G.G.'s reference in an episode, I can imagine it would lead to confusion, and not finding the joke as funny as people who do know who they are.

But if it helps, most of the references were so silly and nonsensical anyway, your not knowing who they were probably doesn't mean all that much.

i.e.: Blanche's insistence on comparing herself to Susan Anton, (very tall and blonde actress) and Christie Brinkley, (tall, blonde supermodel) neither of whom she even remotely resembled.
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I also remember when Blanche said that she was Mrs. Angie Dickinson….LOL
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:26 AM   #4
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Sophia once made a joke about Buster Crabbe and I had to look him up, lol. And when I was younger I didn't get her Dick Cavet joke.
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Wow!

If you're so young you even had to look up Dick Cavet, I can just imagine your not knowing who Buster Crabbe was. He was even before MY time, and I'm 65!

Sometimes we "oldsters" forget that lots of names don't immediately bring a face to mind with younger generations. I'm sure there are millions of teenagers who wouldn't recognize a photo of Paul Newman if they saw one.
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Well I am not that Young as i was born in 1985 but I am french so I don't know all the celebrities they compare themselves sometimes in their jokes
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fandu44,
Do you live in the U.S. now, or do you watch the Golden Girls in France?

By the way, either way, your English is awesome.
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Thanks Bandonurse,

I live in France so I Watch the GG on DVD. I used to live in London 5 years that might explain why my level is better than the other frenchs (but their levels is so low that it's not so difficult to have a better one)
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The sitcom with the most celebrity references I have ever seen is, believe it or not, Mama's Family (which started out with Betty and Rue). I had to look up names like "Zola Budd" and "F. Lee" to get many of those jokes! lol
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The sitcom with the most celebrity references I have ever seen is, believe it or not, Mama's Family (which started out with Betty and Rue). I had to look up names like "Zola Budd" and "F. Lee" to get many of those jokes! lol
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Apparently a lot of viewers who only caught the show later in reruns didn't understand a lot of the topical names mentioned. Here's an entire article that explains some of the references used on The Golden Girls.
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Thank you Oriole Adams that helps a lot to understand the jokes !
Incredible, I love this show !
Does this show still rerun on TV in America in 2015 ?
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Does this show still rerun on TV in America in 2015 ?
On at least two different channels, fandu

Both TVLand and The Hallmark Channel show marathons of GG every week. Hallmark Channel shows two hours of them, every day, twice per day. That's how beloved our Golden Girls are here in America! LOL
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I'd guess that The Wayans Brothers would possibly have more.
Oh I don't know, Mama's Family surprising has a LOT...many more than you would dare to think.

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Apparently a lot of viewers who only caught the show later in reruns didn't understand a lot of the topical names mentioned. Here's an entire article that explains some of the references used on The Golden Girls.
Hey, I was with the show from day 1 in September 1985, and I still didn't understand a lot of the topical names; the thing is, I was only 7 years young.
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Wow!

If you're so young you even had to look up Dick Cavet, I can just imagine your not knowing who Buster Crabbe was. He was even before MY time, and I'm 65!

Sometimes we "oldsters" forget that lots of names don't immediately bring a face to mind with younger generations. I'm sure there are millions of teenagers who wouldn't recognize a photo of Paul Newman if they saw one.
I sometimes goes the other way. Many people of the last 20 years I don't know.
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