Retro TV Kitchen – Golden Girls
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The layout of the Golden Girls’ home and the kitchen could be described as a precursor to what’s known today as “aging in place” design. The house only has one floor for ease of mobility as the occupants age. The door to the kitchen seems slightly wider than normal to perhaps accommodate a wheelchair, and the kitchen door swings open both ways as well! The kitchen cabinetry and decor could almost be called a caricature of 1980’s tastes and colors! Indeed, many CliqStudios customers are replacing kitchens that they themselves term as “Golden-Girls-looking.”
The next time you catch a Golden Girls rerun, here are some fun facts about their kitchen to keep in mind:
- The tablecloth on the kitchen table changes for every episode. Sometimes to match what the characters are wearing; sometimes to not clash with it!
- So that no character would have her back to the camera, the kitchen table only has three chairs! Whenever all four Girls would sit together, a counter stool would be pulled in from the butcher-block kitchen island.
- Dorothy always sat in the middle at the kitchen table. Not only because she was so tall, but this way the camera would be sure to catch all of Bea Arthur’s famous facial expressions.
- The Girls were to originally have a flamboyant butler/cook. “Coco” was dropped once it became apparent that a lot of the main action would occur in the kitchen, and the additional character would be a distraction.
- The entire kitchen set was a hand-me-down from a short-lived series in the early 1980’s called “It Takes Two,” which starred Richard Crenna, Patty Duke Austin, and a VERY young Helen Hunt.
More Fun Facts and Recommended Reading:
Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai