24 user 5 critic

Designing Women 

1:32 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

The misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
1,598 ( 44)




7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1993   1992   1991   1990   1989   1988   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 22 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Murphy Brown (1988–1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The misadventures of a tough female television journalist and her friends.

Stars: Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli
Mama's Family (1983–1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the ... See full summary »

Stars: Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry
Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Kari Michaelsen
Alice (1976–1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A greasy-spoon diner in Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this long-running series. The title character, Alice Hyatt, is an aspiring singer who arrives in Phoenix with her teenaged son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback
Newhart (1982–1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The misadventures of an author turned innkeeper in rural Vermont and his friends.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston
227 (1985–1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.

Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
The Golden Girls (1985–1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
Night Court (1984–1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll
Rhoda (1974–1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music
Maude (1972–1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This "All In The Family" spin-off centers around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay. She's a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY with her fourth husband Walter, owner of Findlay's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain
L.A. Law (1986–1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
Coach (1989–1997)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hayden Fox is the head coach of a university football team, and eats, sleeps and lives football. His partner, however, does not share his passion for the sport, which frequently causes ... See full summary »

Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares


Complete series cast summary:


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 revolved around the work, personal, and love lives of these four women. Written by Kristen <mouse15@webtv.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

29 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mann muss nicht sein  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


| (164 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


During the first season, CBS kept moving the show around, moving it from its original Monday night time slot to Thursday, and then to Sunday. This devastated the ratings, which didn't pick up until it returned to Monday. CBS was going to cancel it, but then protests from Viewers for Quality Television convinced the network to renew it. See more »


In several episodes the characters reference going to the fast-food restaurant Carl's Jr. There are no Carl's Jr. restaurants in the Southeast. In this region they have always been Hardee's. See more »


Julia: [reading aloud a letter from Dash Goff] Yesterday, in my mind's eye, I saw four women standing on a veranda in white, gauzy dresses and straw-colored hats. They were having a conversation. And it was hot. Their hankies tucked in cleavages where eternal trickles of perspiration run from the female breastbone to exotic vacation spots that southern men often dream about. They were sweet-smelling, coy, cunning, voluptuous, voracious, delicious, pernicious, vexing and sexing... these earth sister/...
See more »


Referenced in 30 Rock: The C Word (2007) See more »


Georgia on My Mind
by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Doc Severinsen
(seasons 1-5)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sitcom Perfection
31 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Designing Women" is one of those rare shows that is utter perfection from start to finish. Each and every character is truly defined from the first scene of the pilot until the last frame of the finale. The cast is glorious and the writing pitch perfect. You will literally laugh until you can't laugh anymore. Delta Burke as uppity aging beauty queen Suzanne Sugarbaker is the glue that holds this show together. The show started to flounder when she left the series but rebounded with the casting of Judity Ivey as B.J. Poteet. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason the creator/writer/executive producer of this show flawlessly created a world in which these hilarious characters could exist without seeming unrealistic or over the top. At times the show could seem preachy to some but the delivery of the lines and the overall performance always made up for that. your sides will ache from watching this show it is hilarious.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Zach Braff tackles acting and directing on his new show "Alex, Inc.," and we take a look at the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time.

Watch the show