After five seasons, the pattern remains the same, but rather than becoming formulaic, "The Golden Girls" continue to delight viewers thanks to the excellent writing and the brilliant comedic ensemble. Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose have weathered many a storm, and by Season 6, they - and we - are ready for whatever life throws their way, from Blanche's dating crises, to Dorothy's on-again, off-again relationship with Stan. The girls continue to be dumbfounded by Rose's quirky life in St. Olaf's, and Sophia (and some of her relatives from Sicily) provide a zany dose of sound advice wrapped up in hilarity. The stand-out actress in this penultimate season is Bea Arthur, whose husky voice, slow double-take and deadpan delivery is the foundation that makes the over-the-top antics of Betty White, Estelle Getty and Rue McLanahan sparkle. Highly recommended for devotees of great casting and classic TV comedy.