Why 'Golden Girls' is coming to Hulu

Iconic hit series The Golden Girls makes its streaming debut on Hulu February 13, 2017. Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times. From left, Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) and Rose Nylund (Betty White), shown. (Photo Courtesy of Hulu)

Fans of The Golden Girls can mark Feb. 13 -- Galentine's Day -- on their calendars: That's the day the decades-old sitcom makes its debut on the streaming service Hulu.

Hulu content chief Craig Erwich made the announcement Saturday during its day at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif., where he also said the service had secured exclusive streaming rights to reruns of ABC's Black-ish.

 It's not as if The Golden Girls, which ran on NBC from 1985-92, isn't still available: Reruns can be seen on cable's TV Land and Hallmark.

But the entire series  has never been available on demand before, said Erwich when I asked why he'd wanted to add the show about four older women living together in Florida to Hulu.

"We really take a point of pride in having some of the most iconic shows on television. We have Seinfeld, we have Frasier. This is a crown jewel that you covet," he said.

"It's a timeless show. One of the things we know about it...is that it still appeals to people of all ages. So this is not a nostalgia play," Erwich said.

"I actually think there's a wish fulfillment to it with young audiences [in] the irreverence and the wisdom and the camaraderie" of the characters, he said.

 [Corrected to say the show originally aired on NBC.]



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