The world is down one woman as of yesterday, April 10, 2010. Not just any woman. Dixie Carter died at the age of 70. You could say that she was the “Designer Woman” as she played the motherly figure on the popular CBS 80’s sitcom, Designing Women. As I read breaking news such as this, like always I ask myself a few questions that perhaps a few like-minded individuals on the planet may ponder.
Who holds the torch as the most popular gaggle of female actors in entertainment history? In tribute to Ms. Carter, I’m including the gals from Designing Women on the list but really, I think it winds down to the Miami stationed silver beauties in The Golden Girls vs the pre-cougar prowlers of Manhattan in Sex and the City.
Most people might say Sex and the City since maybe… they’re all still alive AND they have a movie based on their series. But let’s talk about audience appeal. I’ve heard The Golden Girls anthem, “Thank You for Being a Friend” covered by a handful of punk bands. This is evidence that while Sex and the City holds a chunk of modern day females by their pastrami flaps, The Golden Girls have a wild appeal of TV viewers that were around in the 80’s… men AND women. Just look at the last Superbowl. Did they not feature a Snickers commercial with dim-witted Golden Girl, Betty White? It’s because dudes know who she is because whether you were a boy or girl watching NBC in the 80’s, you watched the Golden Girls and that’s just the way life was.
I vote The Golden Girls… what say you?