People love to compare The Golden Girls to Sex and the City. Rue McClanahans libidinous Southern belle, Blanche Devereaux, is always equated with Kim Cattralls monogamy-eschewing Samantha Jones. The comparison is tempting, but theres a glaring difference. The Golden Girls never needed men to be happy. Blanche may have been with a different suitor every night, but in the end, all she needed to get through the day was a slice of cheesecake and a bitch session with her three close friends. In the SATC world, the womens commitment to each other was like the green room before the big show: marriage and kids. McClanahan died recently, joining fellow stars Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty in that big pastel-colored Floridian dreamhouse in the sky. But the legacy she left for women lives on: You can be old and sexually active, and you dont need a man in your life to be happy. Pay homage to McClanahan with drag queens Heklina, Cookie Dough, Matthew Martin, and Pollo Del Mar, who have been paying homage to the girls for years with their hilarious (and affectionate) send-up of the series, "The Golden Girls: The Pride Episodes." This month's installment includes two all-new episodes. Matthew Martin as Blanche is an uproarious highlight: We think he may have reinvented the wink.
June 18-25, 7 & 9 p.m., 2010