WASHINGTON — "The Golden Girls" scores high points for its portrayal of older women but those on "Dynasty" and "Falcon Crest" "seem oblivious to their age" in an unrealistic way, a new TV study says.
The 25-page study, "Prime Time Women: An Analysis of Older Women on Entertainment Television," prepared by the National Commission on Working Women, found that there are more older women appearing these days on prime-time television, but they still depict "a sort of Peter Pan characterization--the character never grows up, never really grapples with the concerns characteristic of her age."
" 'Golden Girls,' in its frankness about aging, stands alone," the report said. "(It) incorporates into its plots some of the real issues facing mid-life and older women," including widowhood, mid-life sexuality and aging parents.
In contrast, the report observed that the characters of Alexis Colby on "Dynasty" and Angela Channing on "Falcon Crest" "appear never to have a back pain in their quest for wealth and power. They are oblivious to their age in a way that health, luck or money would allow few older women to be."