Flashback Friday: The Golden Palace (1992-1993)

When a beloved television series goes off the air, the temptation is to keep the IP going by creating a sequel. But as good as the ideas may be, it does not guarantee success.

The Golden Palace (1992-1993) premiered just after its predecessor, The Golden Girls, went off the air. Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) is newly re-married and onto the next stage in her life. With an empty room in their house, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), and Rose Nylund (Betty White) also decide that it’s also time to move on. They buy a hotel called The Golden Palace, expecting this experience to be smooth sailing. They quickly learn that it is far more difficult than it appeared to be.

The show gets an A for effort. I understand the reasons for extending the brand for as long as the audience would allow. I can also see why it was canceled after one season. The spark that kept The Golden Girls on the air for seven years is not quite there for The Golden Palace.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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