9 Ways To Live Your Best “Golden Girls” Life

Besides gorging on cheesecake, duh.

Golden Girls has been off the air for a quarter-century, but the classic sitcom is just as relevant today as it was when the girls first met.

If binge watching isn’t satisfying your Golden Girls craving, though, we’ve got some handy tips on living your best Golden Girls life.

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  1. Play The “Golden Girls” Clue Game

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    Was it Sophia on the lanai with the wicker purse?

    In this revamp of the classic board game Clue, players aren’t searching for a murderer, but rather, who ate the last piece of cheesecake.

  2. Visit Ru La Rue Cafe

    If you’ve always dreamed of chatting over cheesecake with the girls, then you need to visit New York’s Golden Girls-themed restaurant, Rue La Rue Cafe. Owner Michael J. LaRue dedicated the restaurant to his late friend, Rue McClanahan, and packed the place full of sitcom memorabilia and desserts named after all four leading ladies.

  3. Play “Golden Girls” Mad Libs

    Most of us know every episode of the classic sitcom by heart, but a Golden Girls-edition of Mad Libs now allows us to flip the storylines on their heads. Relive all the ladies’ antics and rework their famous quotes in this book featuring 21 different stories.

    If you’re not very literary, there’s always the Golden Girls adult coloring book.

  4. Throw Yourself A “Golden Girls” Birthday Party

    Arizona mom Jessica Lewis recently threw her 2-year-old, Elisa, a GG-themed birthday party, complete with cheesecake, pictures of the ladies, and even an Instagram-ready photo prop that read “Picture it…”

    Lewis says sometimes the only way she could get baby Elisa to stop crying was to sing the theme song or play an episode from their DVR.

    We can relate.

  5. Listen To “Out On The Lanai”

    Comedians H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty host this popular podcast that dissects a different episode of the Golden Girls each week.

  6. Buy A Pair Of “Golden Girls” Leggings.

    Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia were known for their, er, unique fashion sense—and now you can be, too: Tights with the famous foursome are available in a variety of styles on Redbubble, including one that reads “Miami: You’ve Got Style” and another that reproduces the wallpaper print from Blanche’s boudoir.

    If your love for the girls is more, well, intimate, there are Golden Girls undies and granny panties.

  7. Make A Donation To The Ali Forney Center’s Bea Arthur Residence

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    The Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed shelter for homeless LGBT youth operated by New York’s Ali Forney Center, is scheduled to open in late summer 2017. Make a donation and thank Bea for being a friend to the queer community.

  8. Read “Golden Girls Forever”

    Think you know everything about the girls? Think again. Jim Colucci’s book takes you behind the scenes of every single episode, with trivia, tidbits, secrets and more from writers, producers and the stars themselves.

  9. See A “Golden Girls” Drag Show

    Golden Girls Live!

    Something about Golden Girls and drag just goes together—maybe it’s all the padding and soft light? In Boston, Golden Girls Live! has entertained sold-out crowds for more than a dozen years, with an original “episode” that captures the flavor and humor of the original.

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    If you’re on the West Coast, Sam Pancake, Drew Droege, Sherry Vine and Jackie Beat are known to re-create our favorite foursome in The Golden Girlz Live. The show will also have you seeing stars: Everyone from Parker Posey and Jennifer Coolidge to Willam and Katy Perry has been spotted in the audience!

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
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