The misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Julia Sugarbaker (163 episodes, 1986-1993)
 Mary Jo Shively (163 episodes, 1986-1993)
 Anthony Bouvier (152 episodes, 1986-1993)
 Charlene Frazier Stillfield (120 episodes, 1986-1991)
 Suzanne Sugarbaker (118 episodes, 1986-1991)


Outspoken feminist Julia Sugarbaker runs a design firm out of her Atlanta home, along with her shallow ex-beauty queen sister, Suzanne, divorced mother Mary Jo, and, naive country girl Charlene. Black ex-con Anthony helps deliver furniture for the business and voices his unique opinion on whatever the women are discussing. Episodes typically revolve around the work, personal, and love lives of these four women. Written by Kristen <>

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Release Date:

29 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicas con clase  »

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Did You Know?


Despite the fact that she had already had significant roles in two prior TV series, CBS was unsure about Delta Burke as one of the stars of the show because of her beauty queen background. See more »


Charlene: I asked this Northern woman, "Where are ya'll from?" And she said, "I'm from a place where we don't end our sentences with prepositions." So I said, "Okay, where are ya'll from, bitch?"
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Spoofed in Southern Exposure (1991) See more »


Georgia on My Mind
by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Doc Severinsen
(seasons 1-5)
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As A True Southern Belle, I Adore This Show!!
2 December 1998 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I know most episodes word for glorious word, and hope that Designing Women stays in syndication for a long time. It would be wonderful to see a reunion between the main characters, Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart and Annie Potts. The recurring themes to the show are the strong-willed Julia's many social campaigns and commentaries, and the ultra-feminine Suzanne as her manipulative yet sexy counterpart. I rather see myself in both characters, and feel that Southern women are portrayed pretty accurately in the show. We are very feminine, yet strong as Steel Magnolias. I live in Atlanta, and wish that I knew 4 wonderful friends as spunky and interesting as these main characters.

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