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The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments

The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments is a 2003 American television special that reunited the cast of the 1985–1992 sitcom The Golden Girls. It originally aired on Lifetime on June 2, 2003.

The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments
Written byAndrew Solt
Greg Vines
Directed byAndrew Solt
StarringBea Arthur
Rue McClanahan
Betty White
Music byRichard Friedman
Tony Hodson
Cory Lerios
Opening theme"Thank You for Being a Friend"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Andrew Solt
Greg Vines
Producer(s)Barry Kaplan
Mary Sherwood
Editor(s)Ernie Hornberger
Leslie Tong
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Andrew Solt Productions
Lifetime Productions
Original networkLifetime
Original releaseJune 2, 2003
Related showsThe Golden Girls



A retrospective of The Golden Girls hosted by Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, with the exception of Estelle Getty, who was unable to participate due to failing health. The special features a montage of clips from the women's favorite episodes and musical moments from the show, never-before-seen bloopers and outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews with executive producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, and creator/writer Susan Harris.

The women also introduce clips focused on their individual characters and comment on their character's specific traits and quirks. During the special, Bea Arthur pays tribute to late actor Herb Edelman, who played the recurring role of her character's ex-husband Stanley Zbornak during the series' seven-year run. A new version of the theme song "Thank You for Being a Friend" was recorded for this special.



The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments became the highest-rated special in Lifetime network's 19-year history, averaging a 3.7 household rating (4.2 million viewers) during its premiere on June 2, 2003; the second was The Designing Women Reunion which scored a 3.1 rating with 3.3 million viewers when it aired the following month.

The six-hour "Golden Girls" event on Lifetime from 6:00 p.m. to 12 midnight, which included the 90-minute reunion special, the pilot episode, the one-hour series finale and additional favorite episodes of The Golden Girls, was seen by an estimated 15 million viewers.[1]

Lifetime subsequently rebroadcast the special on December 15, 2003 and again on November 12, 2005 to commemorate the show's 20th anniversary.


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