After nearly four decades since the premiere, "The Golden Girls" (spoilers ahead) is still essential viewing for its depiction of older women talking about sex. The show broke new ground for millennials like me who were born into a world of sexual conservatism and unfavorable attitudes toward casual sex.
Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia stoked our imagination by returning home in clothes they had on the night before, renting dirty movies, spicing up the bedroom with costumes, rating their partners' lovemaking over cheesecake and, as Blanche said, being "jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo." Okay, so we didn't always know what they were talking about, but they kept us guessing.
At times, the show was less than open-minded, including the punch lines about Dorothy's brother, Phil, who dressed in women's clothes and countless references to Blanche being a slut—although everyone claimed to be a slut when Burt Reynolds guest-starred on the show. But I digress. Blanche, despite being the most sexually liberated of the group, didn't approve of her brother marrying a man, and, in another episode, confused the words lesbian and Lebanese