The ‘Golden Girls’ Of Season One Were As Old As The Stars Of ‘Sex And The City’ Reboot

Jan 20, 2022 by apost team

Who doesn’t love a strong female ensemble cast? Today’s generation is able to witness some great friendships on television between women in series such as “The Bold Type,” “Younger” and “Euphoria.” However, no one can forget the amazing friendships and female empowerment on shows such as “The Golden Girls” and “Sex and the City.”

“The Golden Girls” is a classic that has easily stayed a fan favorite, and even experienced some rejuvenated interest following Betty White’s passing in December 2021. For fans wanting a similar series, there is also a “Sex and the City” reboot called “And Just Like That…” that features several of the original cast members. 

The reboot kicked off on HBO Max in December 2021 and received mixed reviews, with some people praising the show’s authenticity to the original storyline, and others criticizing the choice to keep the original cast members, as they have grown older since the ending of “Sex and the City” in 2004. However, some of its cast members spoke out about the negativity toward their age, and some people have even pointed out the “Sex and the City” reboot could potentially be the modern-day version of “The Golden Girls.”

A major similarity between the shows is that the female leads in “And Just Like That…” are actually the same age that the “The Golden Girls” were in the first season of the latter series. The reboot is changing the narrative of aging, showing that being a certain age doesn’t mean your life has to come to a halt, and that you can still embark on new adventures with your gal pals.

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Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty. (1980s), (Fotos International/Getty Images)

During their segment on “TODAY” on Jan. 17, 2022, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager talked about the uncanny similarities between “And Just Like That…” and “The Golden Girls,” specifically how the female leads were all of similar ages. They pointed out that fans have noticed this similarity as well, and are talking about just how important it is to show women represented at all ages enjoying life to the fullest.

All of “The Golden Girls” lead female stars have sadly passed on, but their memory is definitely still very alive today. Bea Arthur starred as Dorothy, Rue McClanahan starred as Blanche, Estelle Getty starred as Sophia and White starred as Rose. The sitcom aired from September 1985 until May 1992 and had a total of 180 episodes over the course of its seven seasons.

As for the “And Just Like That…” stars, Sarah Jessica Parker plays the role of Carrie, Cynthia Nixon portrays Miranda and Kristin Davis stars as Charlotte. The series first aired in December 2021 as a reboot to “Sex and the City.” The latter was originally on air from June 1998 until February 2004 and had a total of 94 episodes over the course of six seasons.

According to TODAY, in the first season of “The Golden Girls,” Rose was 55, Dorothy was 53, Blanche was 47 and Sophia was 79. The ages are similar or even the same as the female leads in “And Just Like That…” as Carrie is 55 years old, and both Miranda and Charlotte are 54 years old.

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Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon (2021), (Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images)

TODAY highlighted just how important it is that the storyline and the main characters’ ages in the latter series shows how women in their fifties can still have fulfilling lives, and is consciously changing the narrative about growing older. While “The Golden Girls” painted the women as almost matronly, “And Just Like That…” shows that no one is ever too old to embark on a new adventure and pursue their passions.

Kotb explained, “Is that so crazy? Now when you think of 54 and 55, or people in their fifties, you don’t think about ‘The Golden Girls.’ You don’t think about a bunch of ladies in a community.” Hager agreed, saying, “The way that they dressed them in cardigans – I mean , I know I’m wearing a cardigan, but I like to dress like a granny. They made them older than they actually were.” 

The women continued talking about how women are now being portrayed on television compared to what it was like many years ago, agreeing that “the way age is perceived now” has drastically changed. 

Nowadays, television shows concentrate on portraying women balancing their personal life, professional life and motherhood all at the same time, and still show how they like to have fun in their spare time. “What about the fact that you can be a mom to two young girls at any age?” Hager asked, pointing out that Hoda, 57, is a mother of two. 

It’s clear that “The Golden Girls” will always be iconic, but “And Just Like That…” is definitely changing the way people view aging, and there are certainly many people in the world who can relate to the show’s portrayal.

What do you think about the similarities and differences between “And Just Like That…” and “The Golden Girls?” Let us know, and feel free to pass this along to your loved ones, too. 

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