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Old 11-21-2015, 04:39 PM   #16
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It was mostly in year 3 when the original writers wrote current events into the dialogue. I believe it started in the 2nd half of year 2.

Somewhere I read that Bea Arthur didn't like that because viewers in the future won't understand the references.

Did you know that when Rose wrote a letter to someone in Russia, it was out of the headlines?
I think the Gary Hart/Donna Rice scandal was mentioned in year 3.
Also some evangelist - maybe Jimmy Swaggert?
The Jacksons, especially Michael were mentioned a lot.

By year 4, the current events dialogue was gone.
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Howie Mandel and Thirtysomething got a fair amount of mentions, but those were all insults.
I don't mind the references. It's like a quick throwback to that time.
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By year 4, the current events dialogue was gone.
I don't know about that, it seems then-current references to pop culture and politics were always sprinkled in throughout the series.

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mentions, but those were all insults.
A "fair amount"? I can think of maybe one each, unless someone can think of more.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:05 AM   #19
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Golden Girls is a great show, but some of the humor is dated for the times, which were the mid 1980's, so some of the people they talked about are now obscure people.

Much like older 1950's shows when they talk about people "before my time" like Walter Winchell or Bishop Sheen for example. All in the Family was a lot about political humor and debate of the 1970's, Nixon, Agnew, Watergate, McGovern, etc., if you are unfamilar with these people (Nixon is famous but the others) if you do not know who they are.

I am 48, almost 49 years old, I do not know what is popular with the "youngins", which is why I dont get into Two Broke Girls. But the womder of history and these reruns is hearing a name that got a laugh 40 years ago (like Bebe Rebezo) and the person might be interested in seeing who thst person was. TV shows are a history lesson.
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Just thought of a very ironic one:

In the "Mr. Pfeiffer" dialog at the funeral home, the GG's refuse to do Mrs. Claxton's funeral on a Thursday night, implying they wouldn't want to miss The Cosby Show.

Today, any "fond" reference to him turns my stomach. But how could they possibly have known? If only they could have seen into the future, huh?
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There was no implication about it ... it was flat out stated that "The Cosby Show" took precedence.
I think it's humorous no matter what we've learned since then. Like I said in my earlier post, it's a throwback to those times, and I see nothing wrong with it.
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Never said I thought there was something "wrong with" the show making that reference back then. I specifically used the word "ironic", didn't I? I also pointed out the obvious....that they couldn't have possibly known what would come to light decades later. Sorry if I wasn't clear.
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It was mostly in year 3 when the original writers wrote current events into the dialogue. I believe it started in the 2nd half of year 2.

Somewhere I read that Bea Arthur didn't like that because viewers in the future won't understand the references.

By year 4, the current events dialogue was gone.
This is untrue. The Golden Girls always had pop culture/current event references in it, all throughout the series. Just this weekend I finished watching season 4 and these sorts of references were sprinkled all throughout the season.
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"God's very busy these days....most of his time is spent talking to Pat Robertson"

Even *I* don't remember who Pat Robertson was. A televangelist, perhaps?
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Yep. He was a famous Televangelist in that era.
Other jokes some wouldn't get would be the Danny Thomas joke, Lebanese or lesbian lol.
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Tv shows can be a history show of sorts. I always get a kick out of Lucy Richardo and Ethel Mertz talking about "How Bess and Harry Truman got the last seats at nightclub" in one of the episodes as Lucy was making bonus reservations. I like the time frame lingo. Probably in the future a show will talk about a singer from this time frame, who I won't know about.
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I remember Dorothy referencing someone I didn't know. I went and looked it up, but still didn't fully understand the reference. I want to say it was how she looked like someone, or something like that.
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