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Empty Nests 

Paul Dooley and Rita Moreno guest star as neighbors of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia contending with family and friends in this initial spin-off pilot of "Empty Nest."


Jay Sandrich


Susan Harris (created by), Susan Harris




Episode cast overview:
Bea Arthur ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
Betty White ... Rose Nylund
Rue McClanahan ... Blanche Devereaux
Estelle Getty ... Sophia Petrillo
Paul Dooley ... George Corliss
Rita Moreno ... Renee Corliss
David Leisure ... Oliver
Jane Harnick Jane Harnick ... Jenny Corliss
Geoffrey Lewis ... Chuck


Paul Dooley and Rita Moreno guest star as neighbors of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose and Sophia contending with family and friends in this initial spin-off pilot of "Empty Nest."

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Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

16 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Dooley starred in a previous episode "Love, Rose" as Rose's date Isaac Q. Newton. See more »


When Dorothy snaps at Oliver, she mentions him "throwing up in the pool" at a new year's party at Blanche's house. There is no pool on the girls' property (which is Blanche's house, and they've always all lived there); it is never seen or mentioned outside of this episode. See more »


Renee Corliss: At two in the morning, waiting for George to come home, I called a radio talk show. I gave them the solution to the crisis in the Middle East.
Rose Nylund: [excited] Giving the Palestinians Greenland?
Renee Corliss: [delighted] You heard it?
Rose Nylund: I didn't know that was you. You were great!
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: [after a pause to let it sink in] Giving the Palestinians Greenland?
Renee Corliss: It's a big place. Nobody uses it.
Dorothy Petrillo-Zbornak: You would take a desert people and put them in the ice and snow?
Rose Nylund: With the proper clothes, they'll be fine.
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Spin-off Empty Nest (1988) See more »


Thank You For Being A Friend
Written by Andrew Gold
Sung by Cynthia Fee
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just awful
18 August 2009 | by corner-2See all my reviews

This must be the only truly bad episode of "The Golden Girls". One star is one too many.

It was a completely artificial attempt to create a spin off, and it fails spectacularly. After a few minutes of enjoyment with the regular stars of the show, out of nowhere, a whole family of new characters pops in, and the rest of the show is about them. Dorothy and the others act react to them as old friends and acquaintances who we are supposed to know already. This is so abrupt and out of the blue that I thought I must have missed a previous episode. In which these characters were introduced.

Since these new characters are only mildly and occasionally amusing, they are completely out of place in what is usually a constantly entertaining and very funny show. Usually, a spin off uses characters developed and part of an already-existing show. In this case, none of the new characters had ever appeared in "The Golden Girls" before, so there was no way the audience was going to care about them or find them instantly interesting.

No surprise that the spin off never spun off.

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