Kate Fortmueller. “‘Picture it, U.S. 2020…’: The Golden Girls and sitcom nostalgia during the pandemic,” in The Golden Age of Television: The Golden Girls Reader. Edited by Taylor Cole Miller and Alfred Martin. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Abstract: In 2020 the coronavirus swept across the world, shutting down scripted media production and thwarted streaming premiers. With many shows postponed or on unplanned hiatus, and audiences clamoring for lockdown content, streamers began licensing more programming. During the pandemic vintage network sitcoms found renewed popularity with streaming audiences. This chapter considers the importance of nostalgia to contextualize the industrial and cultural significance of The Golden Girls in the streaming era and during the Covid pandemic.