Golden Years (also referred to as Stephen King's Golden Years) is an American television science fiction thriller miniseries that aired in seven parts on CBS from July 16 to August 22, 1991 as a part of its 1991 schedule.
|Also known as||Stephen King's Golden Years|
|Created by||Stephen King|
|Developed by||Josef Anderson|
|Theme music composer||David Bowie|
|Opening theme||"Golden Years"|
|Ending theme||"If You Won't Leave Me, I'll Find Somebody Who Will"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Camera setup||Joe D'Alessandro|
|Production company||Laurel Productions|
|Original release||July 16 –|
August 22, 1991
Harlan Williams, an elderly janitor, is caught up in an explosion at the top-secret laboratory where he works. After surviving but discovering he is now "aging" in reverse, he ends up on the run from an operative of "The Shop".
King called Golden Years a "novel for television"; it originated as an idea for a novel that sat in his notebook for years. He "wrote the first five episodes and outlined the last two." King credited Twin Peaks for making it possible for Golden Years to be produced:
"Up until Twin Peaks came on, the only sort of continuing drama that TV understood was soap opera, Dallas, Knots Landing, that sort of thing. To some degree David Lynch gave them that. But he turned the whole idea of that continuing soap opera inside out like a sock. If you think of Twin Peaks as a man, it's a man in delirium, a man spouting stream-of-consciousness stuff. Golden Years is like Twin Peaks without the delirium."
The miniseries was intended to lead into a regular series, and therefore ended on a cliffhanger. CBS, however, decided not to pick up the option on the full series, and it was never realized. King asked for four hours of airtime in the following spring to finish the story, but CBS denied him this as well. The home video version changes the last few minutes of the final episode to give the story an optimistic ending.