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This page lists all of the episodes aired during Season 1 of the NBC-TV series The Golden Girls; a total of 25 episodes were aired. The first season of The Golden Girls premiered on NBC on September 14, 1985, and concluded on May 10, 1986.

Broadcast history[]

The season originally aired Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) on NBC from September 14, 1985 to May 10, 1986.[1][2]

DVD release[]

The Region 1 DVD was released on November 23, 2004. The Region 2 and 4 DVD were respectively released on July 14 and August 17, 2005.

Season Summary[]

In winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy, the first season has the Four previously married women meeting and living together in Miami, FL.

Season 1 Episodes (1985-86)[]

Picture Title Original Airdate Episode # No. in Series Prod. code Directed by Written by
Ep1-1.jpg The Engagement, aka The Pilot September 14, 1985 1 1 1.1 Susan Harris Jay Sandrich
In the series pilot, Blanche announces that her latest boyfriend, Harry, has proposed marriage. Hearing this, Rose worries over where she will live while Dorothy is more than exuberant over Blanche's plans. Meanwhile, Dorothy's mother, Sophia, arrives after her retirement home, Shady Pines, burns down.
Ep1-2.jpg Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding? September 21, 1985 1 2 1.2 Paul Bogart Winifred Hervey
Dorothy's daughter, Kate, comes to Miami with an announcement. She's engaged to a podiatrist named Dennis. Dorothy is thrilled but her happiness quickly turns to anger when she realizes that ex-husband, Stanley Zbornak, is going to be invited.
Ep1-3.jpg Rose the Prude September 28, 1985 1 3 1.3 Jim Drake Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Having not dated since her husband died, Rose reluctantly agrees to go on a double blind date with Blanche. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia have a gin rummy marathon.
Ep1-4.jpg Transplant October 5, 1985 1 4 1.4 Paul Bogart Susan Harris
Blanche's sister, Virginia, comes to Miami for a visit and Blanche is convinced she's after something. Meanwhile, Rose and Dorothy babysit for an infant.
Ep1-5.jpg The Triangle October 19, 1985 1 5 1.5 Paul Bogart Susan Harris
A doctor, whom Dorothy dates, makes a pass at Blanche. But when Blanche tells Dorothy about it, Dorothy doesn't believe her.
Ep1-6.jpg On Golden Girls October 26, 1985 1 6 1.6 Jim Drake Winifred Hervey
Blanche's 14-year old grandson comes to Miami for a visit. Meanwhile, Dorothy studies for her French final but with a guest in the house she must share a room with Sophia.
Ep1-7.jpg The Competition November 2, 1985 1 7 1.7 Jim Drake Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
In a bowling competition, it's Dorothy and Blanche versus Rose and Sophia.
Ep1-8.jpg Break-In November 9, 1985 1 8 1.8 Paul Bogart Susan Harris
After a concert, the girls arrive home to discover their house has been broken into. This causes Rose to become so paranoid thinking the robbers will come back that she purchases a gun.
Ep1-9.jpg Blanche and the Younger Man November 16, 1985 1 9 1.9 Jim Drake James Berg & Stan Zimmerman
Blanche goes all out to try to look good for her latest beau: her aerobics instructor, who is half her age. Meanwhile, Rose's dynamic mother comes for a visit, and gets fed up with Rose's "mothering" ways.
Ep1-10.jpg The Heart Attack November 23, 1985 1 10 1.10 Jim Drake Susan Harris
After hosting a dinner party, Sophia thinks that her chest pain is a heart attack.
Ep1-11.jpg The Return of Dorothy's Ex November 30, 1985 1 11 1.11 Jim Drake Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
When Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan, visits to have her sign some legal documents regarding their retirement property in Miami, but they end up in bed after Stan tells her that Chrissy, his wife, had left him for a younger man. Dorothy sees this as a fling, while Stan sees it as their reconciliation, possibly even the start of a new marriage. Dorothy goes to Stan's hotel room to tell him she is not getting back together with him, when Chrissy arrives. She begs Stan to come back to her, but he refuses, saying he loves Dorothy too much. After Chrissy throws a drink on them and leaves, Dorothy tells him the bad news. He runs out of the hotel room to grab Chrissy before somebody else does.
  • Guest stars: Herb Edelman as Stan Zbornak; Simone Griffeth as Chrissy.
Ep1-12.jpg The Custody Battle December 7, 1985 1 12 1.12 Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey
Blanche is auditioning for the role of Lady Macbeth in an upcoming spring production of Macbeth). Dorothy's sister, Gloria, has arrived for a visit. Dorothy is hopeful to have a relationship with her sister and suggests that they share Dorothy's room for the night. While reminiscing about their childhoods, Gloria tells Dorothy that she asked Sophia to live with her in California, and she agreed. Rose comes home and tells Blanche that she received a minor role, while Rose, who also auditioned, was cast as the lead. Dorothy then tells the girls that Sophia is leaving. Dorothy then tells Gloria that she is already rich, and doesn't need to have Sophia. Gloria reveals that even though she is rich, Dorothy's life seems more important. She also tells Dorothy that she thinks Sophia wants to stay in Miami. Dorothy speaks with Sophia and gets her to stay.

Guest star: Doris Belack as Gloria Harker. Note: Gloria would be played by Dena Dietrich in Season 7.

Ep1-13.jpg A Little Romance December 14, 1985 1 13 1.13 Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Rose is ashamed to admit that her new beau, Jonathan, is a little person.
  • Guest stars: Brent Collins as Dr. Jonathan Newman; Billy Barty as Gunter Lindstrom; Jeane Dixon as herself.
  • Note: Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for this episode.
Ep1-14.jpg That Was No Lady December 21, 1985 1 14 1.14 Jim Drake Liz Sage
Dorothy has an affair with a married man. Dorothy comes home from work and tells the girls about an attractive gym teacher named Glen O'Brien. She goes out with him, and they hit it off. Later, after making love at what would become The Golden Palace Hotel seven years later, he admits to her that he is married. She storms out, but later regrets it and continues to miss him. Sophia and Rose agree that he is a liar and cheater and that Dorothy should not call him, but Blanche says that you have to get happiness whenever you can in life and tells her to call him. Rose comes home with bad news about Blanche's car, but Blanche tells Rose that she intended to cheat her, so she could get full blue-book value for the car. Rose says that she can't sell it to anyone because it was stolen. Blanche gets furious, but Sophia tells her that if an insured car is stolen, you are paid full blue-book. Dorothy calls Glen, and they get back together, but only for a short while. After talking with Sophia, Dorothy admits that she is hating herself, and needs to break off the relationship. She breaks it off, and they all go cruising in Blanche's new car.

Guest star: Alex Rocco as Glen O'Brien. Note: Glen O'Brien returned in Season 5, played by Jerry Orbach.

Ep1-15.jpg In a Bed of Rose's January 11, 1986 1 15 1.15 Terry Hughes Susan Harris
Rose's latest beau dies in her bed. She brings a date home and in the morning Sophia discovers that he is dead. She confides in her roommates that her husband also died while they were making love. Believing that she kills men by sleeping with them, Rose becomes depressed and says she will never sleep with another man.
  • Guest stars: Priscilla Morrill as Lucille Beatty; Richard Roat as Al Beatty.
  • Note: Betty White won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 1986 Emmy Awards for this episode. Richard Roat would reappear in the seventh season as Kendall in the episode "The Case of the Libertine Belle".
Ep1-16.jpg The Truth Will Out January 18, 1986 1 16 1.16 Terry Hughes Susan Beavers
Rose's late husband's modest will baffles her daughter. Rose has often bragged to her children and grandchildren about Charlie's success, but the settlement of his estate discloses that he left his widow nearly nothing.

Guest stars: Christine Belford as Kirsten; Bridgette Andersen as Charley. Note: Kirsten was played by Lee Garlington in Season 7.

Ep1-17.jpg Nice and Easy February 1, 1986 1 17 1.17 Terry Hughes Stuart Silverman
Blanche's visiting niece is even easier with men than Blanche. Blanche upbraids her favorite niece, Lucy, for flitting from bed to bed, while Lucy charges Blanche with her own reputation for being "fast."
Ep1-18.jpg The Operation February 8, 1986 1 18 1.18 Terry Hughes Winifred Hervey
Dorothy fears having foot surgery. She injures herself attempting to perform a "Cincinnati time step with a double pull-back" and requires foot surgery. She is terrified until she meets her hospital roommate: a woman with breast cancer. When Dorothy asks the woman if she's afraid, the women responds by saying that of course she is but," Life goes on, when it comes right down to it what other choice do we have." The woman's words of wisdom leave Dorothy feeling silly over making such a big fuss over her own minor surgery. Dorothy goes through with the surgery and wakes up to find that she has been kicked out of the ladies tap dancing trio. Blanche and Rose have now formed a new name for the two of them: "The Two Merry Widows"

Guest stars: Robert Picardo as Dr. Revell ; Anne Haney as Bonnie; Bill Quinn as the priest.

Ep1-19.jpg Second Motherhood February 15, 1986 1 19 1.19 Gary Shimokawa Christopher Lloyd
Blanche's wealthy beau puts business before family.
Ep1-20.jpg Adult Education February 22, 1986 1 20 1.20 Jack Shea James Berg & Stan Zimmerman
A frisky professor promises Blanche a passing grade if she sleeps with him. The girls try desperately to get Frank Sinatra tickets, while Blanche attends night school in hopes of getting a promotion at the museum. When she struggles with one of her courses, her professor offers her an "easy" way to a good grade: sleep with him. In the end she tells off Professor Cooper.
  • Guest star: Jerry Hardin as Professor Cooper.
Ep1-21.jpg Flu Attack March 1, 1986 1 21 1.21 Terry Hughes James Berg & Stan Zimmerman
The ladies all get sick prior to an awards banquet.
Ep1-22.jpg Job Hunting March 8, 1986 1 22 1.22 Paul Bogart Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman
Rose desperately searches for a new job. Due to a lack of funding, the grief-counseling center is closed, forcing Rose to seek employment elsewhere, but she faces age discrimination. Due to her frustration of failing to find work, Rose decides to continue counseling people from home, much to the annoyance of Dorothy and Blanche. At their wit's end, the ladies inspire Rose to persevere and "stretch the truth" on her job interviews. Meanwhile, Blanche flirts with one of Rose's former clients who has an infatuation with fat women and Dorothy reconnects with an old flame who she later finds out is gay.
  • Note: This episode was the second one to be produced, but was held over for later in the season.
Ep1-23.jpg Blind Ambitions March 29, 1986 1 1 23 1.23 Bob Colleary
Rose's self-reliant blind sister visits for the first time since losing her sight; the rest of the girls do spring cleaning and hold a garage sale to raise funds for a new television. It is revealed that Lily only came to ask Rose to come home with her and take care of her. Rose tells her she has to go to blind school and in the end Lily goes to the school and receives Becky, a Service Canine.
  • Guest stars: Polly Holliday as Lily Lindstrom ; Stuart Fratkin as Man # 2.
Ep1-24.jpg Big Daddy May 3, 1986 1 24 1.24 Terry Hughes Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan
Blanche's father decides to become a country singer.
  • Guest stars: Murray Hamilton as Big Daddy Hollingsworth; Gordon Jump as Leonard Barton; Peggy Pope as Gladys Barton; Gary Grubbs as waiter; Tony Frank as Cowboy # 1; Blake Emmons as Cowboy # 2.
  • Note: Big Daddy was played by David Wayne in the second season.
Ep1-25.jpg The Way We Met May 10, 1986 1 25 1.25 Terry Hughes Kathy Speer & Terry Grossman

Winifred Hervey, Mort Nathan & Barry Fanaro

After watching a scary movie, the ladies reminisce about how they came together.