Episode List

Sample Method

According to The Golden Girls IMDb webpage, during its run from 1985-1992 the series aired 177 episodes over 7 seasons. To obtain a sample that would adequately represent the series 21 episodes, representing a little more than 10% of the total number of episodes, were randomly selected for content analysis. Specifically, an online random number generator was used to select 3 episodes per season for formal analysis.


Final Sample Episode List

Season 1

Episode 1 Harris, S. (Writer), & Sandrich, J. (Director). (1985). The engagement [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 12 Harris, S. & Hervey, W. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1985). The custody battle[Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 24 Harris, S., Fanaro, B., & Nathan, M. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1986). Big daddy [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Season 2

Episode 3 Grossman, T., Harris, S., & Speer, K. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1986). Take him, he’s mine [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 14 Grossman, T., Harris, S., & Speer, K. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1986). The actor [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 18 Grossman, T., Harris, S., & Speer, K. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1987). Forgive me, father [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Season 3

Episode 10 Harris, S. & Hervey, W. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1987). The audit [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 15 Bruce, R., Harris, S. & Weiss, M. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1988). Dorothy’s new friend [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 24 Grossman, T., Harris, S. & Speer, K. (Writers) & Hughes, T. (Director). (1988). Mister terrific [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Season 4

Episode 1 Fanaro, B., Harris, S. & Nathan, M. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1988). Yes, we have no havanas [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 24 Fanaro, B., Harris, S. & Nathan, M. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1988). Foreign exchange [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 26 Harris, S., Helberg, H.B., & Helberg, S. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1989). We’re outta here: Part 2 [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Season 5

Episode 1 Harris, S. (Writer), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1989). Sick and tired: Part 1 [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 2 Harris, S. (Writer), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1989). Sick and tired: Part 2 [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 12 Harris, S. & Whedon, T. (Writers), & Hughes, T. (Director). (1989). Have yourself a very little christmas [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Season 6

Episode 1 Harris, S., Parent, G., & Vallely, J. (Writers), & Diamond, M. (Director). (1990). Blanche delivers [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 10 Harris, S., Parent, G., & Vallely, J. (Writers), & Diamond, M. (Director). (1990). Girls just wanna have fun… before they die[Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 13 Harris, S. & Lasker, P.J., (Writers), & Diamond, M. (Director). (1991). The bloom is off the rose [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Season 7

Episode 1 Harris, S. & Hurwitz, M. (Writers), & Passaris, L. (Director). (1991). Hey, look me over [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 2 Harris, S. & Whedon, T. (Writers), & Passaris, L. (Director). (1991). The case of the libertine belle [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).

Episode 6 Harris, S., Perzigian, J., & Seigel, D. (Writers), & Passaris, L. (Director). (1991). Mother load [Television series episode]. In Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions & Touchstone Television (Producers), The golden girls. Hollywood, CA: Hulu (Digital).


Notes:

  1. Episode information was obtained from The Golden Girls IMDb webpage and formatted according to APA guidelines. APA formatting immediately follows the episode number.
  2. As of September 27, 2019, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) credits Susan Harris, the creator of The Golden Girls, under writing credits for each episode.
  3. Each episode was accessed on Hulu (Hulu.com), a digital streaming network. The entire series is available in its catalog.
  4. The ‘formal synopsis’ and ‘air dates’ of each episode were pulled from descriptions on Hulu. This information was included in each episode's coding sheet for content analysis.

References

Formal Definitions