The recent death of legendary actress Betty White has revived the nostalgia for the iconic 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls.
The series began in 1985 and aired for seven seasons and tells the story of three older women navigating single life in Miami.
Rose Nylund was played by the late White, Rue Mclanahan was cast as Blanche Deveraux, and Bea Arthur starred as Dorothy Zbornak,
The premise is not unlike another popular sitcom, Sex and the City, which follows the adventures of another group of single women, this time in New York.
Three of the original four cast members – Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda Hobbes, Charlotte, played by Kristin Davis, and Sarah Jessica Parker, starring Carrie – returned to our screens last month.
The trio repeated their roles for And just like that, which charts women’s lives in the 21st century, but fans of both shows noticed an interesting link.
TikToker Brownstonedmama shared a video pointing out that the Golden Girls characters were roughly the same age as Parker, Nixon and Davis.
The clip, which can be seen here, was posted on Monday and got 2.4 million views.
Fans shared the revelation and wrote it: “There are many more comparisons between #goldengirls and #satc #andjustlikethat.”
The video shows the 80s cast with their ages overlaid, with Rose, 55, Dorothy, 54 and Blanche, 53, when the show premiered.
“When the Golden Girls premiered, the characters were the same age as,” reads the text on the screen before cutting to And just like that poster.
It reveals that Nixon is 55, Parker is 56 – even though she is listed as 55 in TikTok – while Davis is 56, with TikTok indicating her as 54.
“Is this older or just middle-aged?” asks Brownstonedmama.
Despite the Golden Girls being a few years away from the New York cast, they would have overtaken their co-actresses over the course of the seven seasons.
Blanches and Dorothy’s ages in the pilot are the result of detective work from fans, as the ladies’ age is never explicitly revealed.
Instead, viewers piece together information in the series to figure out that Dorothy was about 53 years old in 1985, after her mother, Sophia, dropped in episode 5, season 3, where she was conceived in 1931.
Blanche went to extreme lengths to cover up her real age from her best friends, but her mother also accidentally reveals her true age, confirming that she was 17 in 1949.
The omission in season 3, episode 25, means Blanche would also have been around 53 in the pilot.
While White’s lovable character, Rose, is revealed to be 55 in season 1, episode 22, as Dorothy reveals her age.
In real life, the actresses were older than the characters they played, a reason why fans suspect they may seem older than Parker, Nixon and Davis.
The comparisons sparked a debate online as fans also speculated that hair, make-up and clothing were an important factor.
And Brownstonedmama shared her own view, saying in general, “And the clothes. Styling is more important than fillers IMO.
“Yes, the actors were older than their characters, which might have given them an older feeling.”
Ariella agreed, saying, “Hair and clothes make a huge difference.”
Zainie17 commented: “Wow. How different does the 2nd generation look, why does this one look so much younger?”
Matmicwin said, “Okay, but golden girls are just dressed and have hair like old women, they still look good for their age.”
Jennifer figured, “That was the hairstyle back then – it made them look so much older.”
Josh P. Jackson pointed out, “Definitely middle-aged, far from older! They’re also the same age as Jay Z, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, Faith Hill, Salma Hayek, etc.”
KJB added: “I saw an ad from the 80s with women in their 30s who looked much older. Hair and makeup make a huge difference!”
While Marcus joked, “Now I do not feel guilty about being in love with Blanche when I was younger.”
White died on December 31, just weeks before her 100th birthday on January 17.
The 10-episode miniseries of And just like that runs from December 9 to February 3.
Newsweek contacted brownstonedmama for a comment.