The Golden Girls

Estelle Getty

Sophia Petrillo

Actress Estelle Getty stars as Sophia Petrillo on the hit show The Golden Girls.

Getty was born in 1923 in New York. Her career began with a part in the 1978 film Team-Mates, and she landed the famous role of Sophia while she was in Los Angeles on tour for the play Torch Song Trilogy, in which she played Harvey Fierstein's mother.

Getty reprised her Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning role of Sophia on The Golden Palace and Empty Nest. Some of her other television credits include Newhart, Blossom, Mad About You and Cagney & Lacey.

She appeared in films such as Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot with Sylvester Stallone, Mask with Cher, Tootsie, Mannequin, and Stuart Little.

Estelle Getty passed away in 2008 in Los Angeles.

The Golden Girls TV Schedule

Sunday
September 4
9:00am
Blanche and the Younger Man
Blanche goes all out to try to look good for her latest beau, her aerobics instructor half her age. Meanwhile, Rose's dynamic mother comes for a visit and gets fed up with Rose's "mothering" ways.
TV-PG
9:30am
In a Bed of Rose's
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.
TV-PG
10:00am
Ladies of the Evening
The house is fumigated and the girls move into a Miami Beach hotel. Dressed up to attend a Burt Reynolds movie premiere, the girls are caught in a hotel raid, mistaken as prostitutes, and dragged off to jail.
TV-PG
10:30am
Isn't It Romantic
Dorothy's friend Jean comes to visit and Dorothy doesn’t tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. After spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR prompts Sophia to rent "dirty movies."
TV-PG
11:00am
Big Daddy's Little Lady
Blanche's father comes to Miami for a visit and announces he's engaged. Blanche is thrilled until she meets his fiancee, who happens to be younger than her. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose enter a Miami song writing contest.
TV-PG
11:30am
Long Days Journey into Marinara
Sophia's sister, Angela, arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there. Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Mixed Blessing
Dorothy's son, Michael, pays another visit and this time he has an announcement: he's engaged. However, Dorothy has two more surprises in store. Her future daughter-in-law is also black and twenty years older than Michael.
TV-PG
12:30pm
And Ma Makes Three
Feeling sorry for a lonely Sophia, Dorothy allows her to come along on a date with her latest beau. However, pretty soon Sophia begins tagging along on every date, which puts a rift in Dorothy's romantic plans.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Yes, We Have No Havanas
Blanche's new boyfriend is a charming Cuban who sweeps her off her feet, but she's not the only one. Blanche discovers he's also been dating Sophia. Rose takes a course taught by Dorothy so she can get a high school diploma.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Love Me Tender
When Sophia sets Dorothy up on a blind date, Dorothy secretly falls for the seemingly simple man, claiming "he's the greatest lover she ever had." Blanche and Rose join the "Be a Pal" and become pals to two motherless girls.
TV-PG
2:00pm
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it is discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
2:30pm
An Illegitimate Concern
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.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Sick and Tired (1)
Dorothy is feeling rundown, tired all the time and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Sick and Tired (2)
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.
TV-PG
Monday
September 5
1:00am
In a Bed of Rose's
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.
TV-PG
1:30am
Ladies of the Evening
The house is fumigated and the girls move into a Miami Beach hotel. Dressed up to attend a Burt Reynolds movie premiere, the girls are caught in a hotel raid, mistaken as prostitutes, and dragged off to jail.
TV-PG
2:00am
Isn't It Romantic
Dorothy's friend Jean comes to visit and Dorothy doesn’t tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. After spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR prompts Sophia to rent "dirty movies."
TV-PG
2:30am
Long Days Journey into Marinara
Sophia's sister, Angela, arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there. Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has.
TV-PG
3:00am
And Ma Makes Three
Feeling sorry for a lonely Sophia, Dorothy allows her to come along on a date with her latest beau. However, pretty soon Sophia begins tagging along on every date, which puts a rift in Dorothy's romantic plans.
TV-PG
3:30am
Yes, We Have No Havanas
Blanche's new boyfriend is a charming Cuban who sweeps her off her feet, but she's not the only one. Blanche discovers he's also been dating Sophia. Rose takes a course taught by Dorothy so she can get a high school diploma.
TV-PG
4:00am
Love Me Tender
When Sophia sets Dorothy up on a blind date, Dorothy secretly falls for the seemingly simple man, claiming "he's the greatest lover she ever had." Blanche and Rose join the "Be a Pal" and become pals to two motherless girls.
TV-PG
4:30am
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it is discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
5:00am
Sick and Tired (1)
Dorothy is feeling rundown, tired all the time and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel.
TV-PG
5:30am
Sick and Tired (2)
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.
TV-PG
9:00am
The Flu
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.
TV-PG
9:30am
The Way We Met
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.
TV-PG
10:00am
End of the Curse
Blanche is mortified after taking a pregnancy test which indicates she's pregnant. After visiting her doctor, she learns the truth that she's beginning menopause. Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia go into the mink breeding business.
TV-PG
10:30am
It's a Miserable Life
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.
TV-PG
11:00am
Love, Rose
Rose places an ad in the personals column and she is let down when she doesn't hear an immediate response. This leads Blanche and Dorothy to begin responding under the name Isaac Newton.
TV-PG
11:30am
The Actor
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.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk. However, his strange behavior signals that he has Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
TV-PG
12:30pm
My Brother, My Father
Sophia's brother Angelo, a priest, comes to visit and doesn't know Dorothy and Stan are divorced. To spare his feelings, Sophia has Dorothy and Stan pretend to be married. Rose and Blanche prepare to star in The Sound of Music.
TV-PG
1:00pm
The One That Got Away
Blanche is determined to sleep with the one man who has refused her once in the past. Meanwhile, Rose claims to have seen a UFO and gets the Air Force involved.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Scared Straight
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.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Valentine's Day
It's Valentine's Day, and the girls are all excited until each one of their dates cancels at the last minute. This leaves them to reminisce about Valentine's Day past.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Bang the Drum, Stanley
At a baseball game, Sophia gets beaned. This prompts Stan to talk her into filing a lawsuit for payment on her severe injuries, which he gets her to fake. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose prepare for roles in the play "Cats."
TV-PG
3:00pm
Foreign Exchange
Sophia's Sicilian friends Philomena and Dominic come for a visit with shocking news. Philomena and Sophia met in the hospital when they were giving birth, and now Philomena and Dominic claim that Dorothy was switched at birth.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Ebb Tide
Blanche is shattered after her father, Big Daddy, passes away. However, when she goes back to her childhood home, she gets into a big argument with her sister, Virginia, and decides not to attend the funeral.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Twice in a Lifetime
Rose must decide between her boyfriend, Miles, or an old boyfriend who has just come to town and asks her to go to Europe with him. Meanwhile, fed up with Dorothy's rules, Sophia decides to move out.
TV-PG
4:30pm
Mrs. George Devereaux
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.
TV-PG
5:00pm
The Case of the Libertine Belle
The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend, and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery. But when Blanche is accused committing a real murder, Dorothy will have to use all skills to find the real culprit.
TV-PG
5:30pm
Journey to the Center of Attention
Blanche brings a lonely Dorothy down to the Rusty Anchor for a night of excitement. However, Blanche had no intention of being pushed off her throne by Dorothy, who begins singing and instantly becomes the center of attention.
TV-PG
Sunday
September 11
7:48am
Two Rode Together
Dorothy wants to spend some "quality" time with Sophia and takes her to Disney World for the weekend. However, her attempts fail when a fed up Sophia storms out. Rose and Blanche try their hand at writing children's stories.
TV-PG
8:24am
You Gotta Have Hope
Dorothy is in charge of a hospital charity show and things aren't going her way. Rose's solution for her problem makes things worse when the girls scour Miami in hopes of getting Bob Hope to perform in the show.
TV-PG
9:00am
Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings into backing Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.
TV-PG
9:30am
Till Death Do We Volley
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
TV-PG
10:00am
Little Sister
Rose's sister, Holly, comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, leaving Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend, Dorothy and Blanche refuse to believe her.
TV-PG
10:30am
Sophia's Choice
Sophia goes into action to break her friend Lillian out of "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
TV-PG
11:00am
Rites of Spring
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.
TV-PG
11:30am
We're Outta Here (1)
Blanche, Dorothy and Rose return home to discover Sophia in the midst of selling the house. A for sale sign was placed on the front lawn accidentally, but Blanche begins to consider it after seeing the amount that she's offered.
TV-PG
12:00pm
We're Outta Here (2)
Blanche debates on whether or not to sell the house as she and the rest of the girls recall times they have spent together (via flashbacks).
TV-PG
12:30pm
The Accurate Conception
Blanche's daughter, Rebecca, has some wonderful news. She's going to become a mother through artificial insemination. However, Blanche is less then thrilled. She's totally against the entire thing.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Rose Fights Back
When the company that Rose's husband worked for cuts off their pension plan, Rose has to get a new job, but never expects to have to deal with age discrimination. Sophia goes wild buying in bulk at Shopper's Warehouse.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Love Under the Big Top
Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer (guest star Dick Van Dyke) and assumes he's about to propose. But it turns out he's planning to become a circus clown. Rose and Blanche organize a protest to save dolphins.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Dancing in the Dark
Rose has been dating Miles Webber, a college professor. When Miles invites her to a party, Rose feels like a fish out of water with all his intelligent friends. Meanwhile, Blanche battles a dating slump.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Not Another Monday
Sophia's friend 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.
TV-PG
3:00pm
That Old Feeling
Blanche is visited by her brother in-law and is taken back by his resemblance to her deceased husband. She quickly finds herself falling in love with hopes of marriage.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Comedy of Errors
Dorothy finds a list of things that she wanted to accomplish before a certain age, but hasn't accomplished many of them. So she signs up to do a stand up routine at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Blanche finds herself battling the IRS.
TV-PG