Bea Arthur would have turned 93 today. A great day to remember the legacy. A great way to do so is by pulling out those Golden Girls and Maude DVDs, reading through fan stories, watching the ever growing YouTube playlist or taking a look at this article that was posted about Bea’s school days at Susquehanna Valley. So many great ways to remember Bea today and everyday!
Shout! Factory, who recently released Maude: The Complete Series, will be releasing Maude: Season Two on DVD August 11! If the complete series is a little too big of chunk to take at once, we will soon have the option to grab the long awaited season two in a few months.
This is also a good move on Shout! Factory’s part, as Maude: Season Two has been specifically requested ever since season one was released back in 2007.
Read more over at tvshowsondvd.com.
Although I rarely play media on discs any longer, as most media is now available up in a cloud of your choice, Maude is one of the tangible must haves of this century :)
I usually don’t post about Golden Girls as a collective, however this story is just too good to pass up! Apparently, many other people think so too, as it was a trending topic on Facebook and news throughout the medias yesterday.
Golden Girls fan, Samuel Hatmaker, hit it off when his LEGO ideas hit the 10,000 votes within 8 hours to be considered for official review. I assume the rights would need to be obtained, but with this much fanfare and attention, I have a good feeling they will give the green light.
Read more over at Vocativ and keep a watch on the developments to this fun bit of news.
P.S. Did you obtain the newly released Maude DVD set? Leave a comment on what you think of it!
I wanted to wait a few days before posting this to make sure it was legit. It was back in 2007 when Maude Season 1 was released on DVD from Sony Entertainment, which was received very well by Bea’s fans. Since then Maude has appeared on various streaming sites and finally iTunes and Amazon for digital purchase. Season two, which seemed right around the corner off the success of season 1, never appeared. So, a few days ago when the complete series, all 6 seasons, 141 shows started to spring up on Shout! Factory’s webpage seven years later, I was and still am hesitant to it’s existence. Meanwhile, fans seem pretty happy about it and I have been receiving messages with no mention of any reserves about this specific release.
Shout! Factory seems to be the reincarnation of Rhino, which I am very familiar with. You can read more about their history here via their about page. After learning this, I feel more comfortable with this release. That being said, I doubt it will be available on Amazon, iTunes and the like anytime soon, if ever at all due to it’s unique commercial licensing. I also just found out from our contributor Alex, that this is now listed on the creditable site TVShowsOnDVD.com.
It looks like this is the time to get your long awaited box set of Maude: The Complete Series!
If you do order this, please send photos in of your unboxing, embracing, absolute joy-ing to share this momentous occasion starting on March 17, 2015!
Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women… and then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory.
Created by Norman Lear (All In The Family), Maude pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year network run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way.
Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan) – and of course, the amazing Ms. Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy® award, Bea Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms from Roseanne and Murphy Brown to 30 Rock.
Right on, Maude!
Until next time,
[ UPDATE – JAN 09 2015 ]
More detailed information has been announced on the contents of the box set from our contributor Alex, below:
“And then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory on March 17, 2015.
The box set contains all 141 episodes on 19 DVDs, as well as a 40-page collector’s book containing an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales, and several bonus features.
Maude: The Complete Series Bonus Features:
Original All In The Family episode “Cousin Maude’s Visit”
Original All In The Family episode “Maude – Pilot”
Unaired episode 115 “The Double Standard”
Unaired episode 316 “Maude’s New Friends”
Syndication Sales Presentation (Hosted by Norman Lear)
And Then There’s Maude: Television’s First Feminist
Everything but Hemorrhoids: Maude Speaks to America
Memories of Maude – featuring new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau and Bill Macy”
*The two unaired episodes of Maude share titles and story elements that eventually did air. “The Double Standard” was originally shot for Season One as episode 15 and did not air. However, the same script was reshot for Season Two with cast changes and aired on 10/30/73. “Arthur’s Friends” (a.k.a. “Maude’s New Friends”) was originally shot for Season Three as episode 16. This version also did not air, but the script was reshot in Season Five with cast changes and aired 11/29/76. Tapes for both episodes were recently found in the Sony vault and have never been seen by the public until now.
I ran across some videos from 2005 and 2007 recently of when I took a hand full of clips on my still camera back at that time (spoiled on the quality of phone cameras of today). I combined the small, raw clips, into one video and threw it up on YouTube. Good memories, hopefully they bring some back to you, too.
The Bea Arthur clips are from her April 19, 2005 Mount Pleasant, MI show. After the show, my friend and I met with Bea for a short time where I caught a clip of Bea giving her flowers to my friend. The clips of Rue McClanahan were from her May 17, 2007 book signing at Borders on Michigan Avenue at the time, in Chicago.
UPDATE: I also uploaded a higher quality version of my footage from Bea’s appearance at Sidetrack bar here in Chicago back in 2001.
Wishing all the Bea fans a happy Bea-Day today! Bea would have been 92 today and many of her fans are remembering and reflecting on her performances. Other fans are pulling out their photos and stories of when they were
fortunate enough in meeting her, primarily during her one woman show. Either way, a great time of the year!
Still haven’t shared your story? Like and post to the Facebook page that coincides with this fan site here!
iTunes, Apple’s digital media ecosystem, thriving for years now, is finally delivering all 7 seasons of The Golden Girls digitally. Each episode cost $1.99, as it is only available in standard definition resolution. Season 2-7 can be purchased for $19.99 each, while with season one, each individual episode has to be purchased. I, personally, was hoping for the episodes to be remastered in high definition in which I would have gladly re-bought all of the seasons. I remember seeing at one time a network was airing it in true high definition, so they must exist! Either way, it is nice to finally see The Golden Girls in the iTunes network. Still waiting on those further seasons of Maude. Hint hint distribution companies.
Here are the direct links below :
Based from the off and on defunct Flappy Bird iOS game, Michael Denison from #BeaADay and Brian Kokernak from Headrush team up to unveil today, Busy Bea. It is just as painfully addicting as Flappy Bird has been. You will be throwing your phone in no time, but this time it will be with the playful FakeBit rendering of Bea and the Golden Girls (simplified MIDI background Golden Girls theme music).
I find it to be a fun medium to keep Bea’s memory alive and kicking, check it out. Free on iOS, Android coming soon.
Before there was the YouTube era, video clips were provided on this website in Quicktime format. At the time, I would convert my favorite clips from the videos I was buying on VHS from eBay. Most videos were not larger then 320×240 and quality varied.
Then YouTube came along and, slowly but surely, people started to upload their own video collections. After a period of time, the videos on YouTube were the same as the ones that I had uploaded on the website. Their quality and range of compatible playing devices over performed from the ones on the website. I decided to take down the videos due to this, as well as, save on hosting space and bandwidth.
Then YouTube started to get smarter and began to kill off some of those hard to find videos due to copyrights. After another while, the availability of Bea’s performances started to remain and grow in numbers as acceptable content. Therefore, I decided to make my own playlist available to the public and now feature it as the video section to this website.
Going forward, I’d love to hear from fans that have their own special treasures favorited on YouTube to add to this playlist. Feel free to message me on Youtube or leave a comment below if you do.
It has been a while! I realized recently that it has been a solid decade since Bea’s one women show was at the height of its existence. Generally I think of it between 2000 and 2004. She continued on longer then 2004, however it was less frequent and staggered in performances. I also believe this site and the fans were at it’s prime. So, I thought it would be a good time to do some flashbacks from this era.
I’ll start by revisiting what was going on 10 years ago today ( for February / March 2014 ). Bea brought her show back to her home state, California. She spent quite some time in Los Angeles specifically where there was a concentration of fans attending and writing on a particular showing. These stories were collected on a special page dedicated to this time. View it here, to relive the moment.
At the same time, the long and awaited spoof on the Sex and the City was revealed to great fan fair and the video went viral before videos went viral. This special aired on TVLand and starred Bea Arthur, Sally Struthers, Katherine Helmond and Charlotte Rae.
To this day, people are still talking about the skit and specifically Bea’s memorable roll.
In reviewing this timeframe, I found it interesting to be reminded of what our wish list was at the time. We still hoped for The Golden Girls and Maude to be released on DVD. At least that wish was granted more so for The Golden Girls then Maude. However, we were also asking for Bea Arthur on Broadway / Bea Arthur Just Between Friends on DVD and unfortunately today, we still are (and/or digital download). The soundtrack is fantastic, but many of us want to relive her performance as it was to her own vision. To be seen. So, let us not give up on that. There is also a video that some fans ask me about often that is yet to be released titled Lunching with a Legend. Hopefully that is released someday soon, as well.
If you want to flashback some more, visit these other links
Posts for 2004 here.
Bea Arthur on Broadway complete schedule archive here.
Stories from fans who saw the show over the years here.
Sex and the City parody on YouTube here.
Let me know your thoughts on these events. I remember these particular two like it was yesterday. Feel free to revisit 2004 as a whole and leave your comments on what you remember. It would be great to hear again from some of the fans again!