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The Best Episodes of The Golden Girls

Every episode of The Golden Girls ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Golden Girls!

Four Southern Florida seniors share a house, their dreams, and a whole lot of cheesecake. Bright, promiscuous, clueless and hilarious, these lovely, mismatched ladies form the perfect circle of friends.


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The best episode of "The Golden Girls" is "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)", rated 10/10 from 1 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Mitchell Hurwitz. "One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)" aired on 5/9/1992 and is rated 0.9 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Home Again, Rose (1)".

  • One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #1 - One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)

    Season 7 Episode 25 - Aired 1992-05-09

    Blanche's uncle Lucas Hollingsworth is visiting but, to no surprise, Blanche is busy with a date. In order to be rid of his intrusion, Blanche tells Dorothy that he desperately wants to meet a woman of her intelligence. Dorothy agrees to see him but they both later learn that Blanche just lied to get rid of them and decide to get revenge by acting as though they're getting married, much to the dismay of Blanche. As a result, Rose decides she should move on to live with her daughter Kirsten to be the "Sophia of the household" as Blanche finally comes to terms with their idea to wed. Just as Lucas is about to reveal the truth, he decides to pop the question to Dorothy for real...

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • Home Again, Rose (1)
    9.1/10 740 votes

    #2 - Home Again, Rose (1)

    Season 7 Episode 23 - Aired 1992-04-25

    Rose is upset when she has missed her high school reunion due to being sick, so Blanche convinces her, Dorothy and Sophia to crash a reunion held in Miami, posing as absentees from that school. Dorothy goes as the lame prom queen Cindy Lou Peoples, Blanche is Susan, Rose is the Korean exchange student Kim FongToi and Sophia is Mrs. Gonzales. With that, the girls mingle with their "former" classmates, only to realize that their counterparts lives are as dull as theirs, however, when the girls are found out by the guests...Rose has a heart attack!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Gail Parent

  • Old Friends
    9.0/10 812 votes

    #3 - Old Friends

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 1987-09-19

    Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk whom she becomes quick friends with. However, his strange behavior signals that he has a medical condition, Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Terry Grossman, Kathy Speer

  • The Case of the Libertine Belle
    9.0/10 706 votes

    #4 - The Case of the Libertine Belle

    Season 7 Episode 2 - Aired 1991-09-28

    The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery. However, when Blanche is accused committing a real murder, Dorothy will have to use all her keen detective skills to find the real murderer.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Tom Whedon

  • Isn't It Romantic
    8.9/10 821 votes

    #5 - Isn't It Romantic

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 1986-11-08

    Dorothy's old friend, Jean comes to Miami for a visit and Dorothy decides not to tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. Then, after spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR, prompts Sophia to rent ""dirty movies.""

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Jeffrey Duteil

  • Ladies of the Evening
    8.7/10 719 votes

    #6 - Ladies of the Evening

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 1986-10-04

    The house is fumigated and the girls move into a Miami Beach hotel. Previously, Blanche had won three tickets to see the opening of Burt Reynolds new movie and passes to the party held afterwards where they could meet him. However, on the evening of the opening, the hotel is raided and, mistaken as prostitutes, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose are dragged off to jail.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan

  • Sister of the Bride
    8.7/10 510 votes

    #7 - Sister of the Bride

    Season 6 Episode 14 - Aired 1991-01-12

    Blanche's gay brother Clayton, makes a visit to Miami with a surprise, he has found the right person to make a commitment to, but Blanche still can't get over Clayton's sexual orientation. Meanwhile, Rose expects to win a Volunteer of the Year award.

    Director: Matthew Diamond

    Writer: Marc Cherry

  • The Way We Met
    8.6/10 671 votes

    #8 - The Way We Met

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 1986-05-10

    One night after watching Psycho, the girls find it hard to sleep so they stay up and reminisce about how they all came to live with one another.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Winifred Hervey, Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan, Kathy Speer

  • It's a Miserable Life
    8.5/10 689 votes

    #9 - It's a Miserable Life

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1986-11-01

    The girls circulate a petition to save a 200 year old oak tree which is located on the property of the most hated woman in the neighborhood, Frieda Claxton, who wants the tree cut down.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan

  • Mrs. George Devereaux
    8.5/10 559 votes

    #10 - Mrs. George Devereaux

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 1990-11-17

    Blanche has a secret admirer and is shocked when she meets him, her supposedly dead husband, George. Meanwhile, Dorothy is being wooed by two men, Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner.

    Director: Matthew Diamond

    Writer: Richard Vaczy, Tracy Gamble

  • A Little Romance
    8.4/10 754 votes

    #11 - A Little Romance

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1985-12-14

    Rose has been dating Dr. Jonathan Newman and begins to think their relationship is leading to the alter. However she begins to have second thoughts especially since he's a midget.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan

  • Scared Straight
    8.4/10 540 votes

    #12 - Scared Straight

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 1988-12-10

    Blanche's brother, Clayton comes to Miami for a visit and Blanche goes all out fixing him up on blind dates. However, Rose learns the truth, Clayton is gay and is afraid to tell Blanche the truth about himself.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: N/A

  • Not Another Monday
    8.4/10 478 votes

    #13 - Not Another Monday

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 1989-11-11

    Sophia's friend has come up with an idea that will change her life. She wants to commit suicide and she wants Sophia there to hold her hand. Meanwhile, Blanche, Rose and Dorothy become singing nursemaids to a sick baby that they are taking care of for the weekend.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Gail Parent

  • Ebbtide VI: The Wrath of Stan
    8.4/10 458 votes

    #14 - Ebbtide VI: The Wrath of Stan

    Season 7 Episode 18 - Aired 1992-02-15

    It is the annual Buy Sophia New Shoes day, and Dorothy is forced to take her. Blanche also tags along, mentioning that it might be fun. Meanwhile, Uncle Angelo drops by and Rose is there. Since she is trying to find a good story to report on, she is more than happy to hear Angelo's story. Apparently, his apartment building is infested with huge bugs. When the ladies watch the news, Rose insists they watch the news story about the bugs. Dorothy then tells Rose she and Stan are the landlords. Rose then tells her she didn't realize there was a family side to the story. She won't give up on the story, and a minute later, the cops show up to arrest Dorothy. They have a trial, and Stan drops his attorney for a younger woman who knows nothing. The defense lawyer is unbeatable by giving compliments to the witnesses which makes them vulnerable to his advantage. Stan and Dorothy end up losing and are forced to live in a sleasy apartment building for a while.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Flu Attack
    8.3/10 644 votes

    #15 - Flu Attack

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1986-03-01

    A week before an awards ceremony, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose each come down with a nasty flu, which compounds their arguing over who will win a prestigious award.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: James Berg, Stan Zimmerman

  • To Catch a Neighbor
    8.3/10 645 votes

    #16 - To Catch a Neighbor

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 1987-05-02

    Two police detectives stake out the girls' home to investigate the neighbors who are believed to be dealers in stolen gems.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Russell Marcus

  • Mother's Day
    8.3/10 497 votes

    #17 - Mother's Day

    Season 3 Episode 25 - Aired 1988-05-07

    While waiting for phone calls from their children wishing them a happy Mother's day, the girls reminisce about past Mother's days.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan

  • Valentine's Day
    8.3/10 468 votes

    #18 - Valentine's Day

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 1989-02-11

    It's Valentine's Day, and the girls are all excited until each one of their dates cancel at the last minute. This leaves them to reminisce about Valentine's Day past.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan, Terry Grossman, Kathy Speer

  • Sick & Tired (2)
    8.3/10 531 votes

    #19 - Sick & Tired (2)

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 1989-09-30

    Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Susan Harris

  • An Illegitimate Concern
    8.3/10 432 votes

    #20 - An Illegitimate Concern

    Season 5 Episode 18 - Aired 1990-02-12

    Blanche is stunned when a man comes to the front door and claims to be the illegitimate son of her late husband. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia enter a mother-daughter pageant at Shady Pines.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Marc Cherry

  • Ebbtide's Revenge
    8.3/10 480 votes

    #21 - Ebbtide's Revenge

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 1990-12-15

    Dorothy must give the eulogy at her brother (a cross dresser), Phil's funeral. Meanwhile, a feud between Sophia and Phil's widow reaches a peak leading Sophia to reveal her hidden feelings about her son's alternative lifestyle.

    Director: Matthew Diamond

    Writer: N/A

  • What a Difference a Date Makes
    8.3/10 417 votes

    #22 - What a Difference a Date Makes

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 1991-03-23

    The man who stood Dorothy up for her senior prom contacts her and they make a date. After learning why he stood her up, Dorothy unleashes her wrath on the person at fault, Sophia.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Marc Cherry

  • In a Bed of Rose's
    8.2/10 662 votes

    #23 - In a Bed of Rose's

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1986-01-11

    Late one evening, Rose brings a man home and they spend the night together. However, in the morning she finds that he has passed away. Even worse, she later discovers he was married.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Susan Harris

  • The Actor
    8.2/10 606 votes

    #24 - The Actor

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1987-01-17

    Dorothy, Blanche and Rose each vie for the attention of an actor in the local community theatre, who on the sly begins romancing each of them.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan

  • One for the Money
    8.2/10 551 votes

    #25 - One for the Money

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1987-09-26

    Sophia's latest get rich quick scheme prompts the girls to recall other various get rich quick schemes they've had over the years including, catering, a dance marathon and a memory of Sophia's from 1954.

    Director: Terry Hughes

    Writer: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan, Terry Grossman, Kathy Speer