Today I found out there is a little-known season of the Golden Girls that aired after the “final season” when Bea Arthur left the show.
It contains the same theme song, and features Sophia, Rose, and Blanche after Dorothy gets married. It even has the same lead in music to the scenes.
It was called the Golden Palace and co-starred Cheech Marin and Don Cheadle.
In it, the girls purchase and run a hotel. But they are short-staffed, so they must do a lot of the work themselves. Rose, surprisingly, steps up to be the brains of the operation.
Here’s its opening sequence:
It lasted 24 episodes. It might have continued if Bea Arthur decided to rejoin the show, but she ultimately declined.
It is not available on DVD or anywhere else. And I’m desperate to see it!
Did you know this show existed?