The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide

Lyons: Globe Pequot. Sept. 2021. 408p. ISBN 9781493060351. pap. $24.95. REF
The Golden Girls has kept audiences laughing since 1985, and fans of all ages often wonder about the show’s numerous cultural references. Enter Browning (founder of the blog Empty Nest TV, devoted to a Golden Girls companion series), who leaves no stone unturned in this exhaustively researched guide. Each of the show’s seven seasons gets a section, in which each episode’s references are explained. There are subject and episode title indexes and recurring subjects are cross-referenced, making it easy for new and longtime fans alike to look up even the most obscure mentions from Golden Girls. Some readers may need to do more research to fully grasp the humor of certain bons mots, but Browning’s explanations of the references are concise and provide jumping-off points for topics from Baked Alaska to the Ziegfeld Follies.
VERDICT A superb resource for popular culture and media studies collections; Golden Girls fans will be delighted.
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