Barbara Weston was a character in the spin-off series Empty Nest which ran from 1988-1995. Barbara lives in the same Miami neighborhood as Blanche Devereaux, Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund and Sophia Petrillo and is the middle daughter of Harry Weston. When Empty Nest begins, Barbara and her sister Carol move in with their father. Barbara is portrayed by Kristy McNichol.
Barbara appeared on two episodes of The Golden Girls. In Witness, Barbara stops by in her capacity as a police officer to follow up on Sophia's report of her missing glasses. In A Midwinter Night's Dream, Barbara confronts Sophia, who had been attempting to start a fight between Barbara and Carol in order to break a Sicilian curse.