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 Julia Sugarbaker (163 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Mary Jo Shively (163 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Anthony Bouvier (152 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Charlene Frazier Stillfield (120 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Suzanne Sugarbaker (118 episodes, 1986-1991)
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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 <mouse15@webtv.net>

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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 »

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[after Charlene turns juror Julia in for discussing her case outside of court]
Charlene: [on the phone] Now Julia, you sound overwrought.
Julia: Yeah, well you're gonna think overwrought. If I miss my dinner with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter because of this, you're going to pay and pay big. I'm going to find you and hunt you down like a dog! I'm talking about you running through the woods in the snow with blood hounds ripping your clothes off! And remember Charlene, I have your address. You'd be wise to ask yourself...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) See more »

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Georgia on My Mind
by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Doc Severinsen
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Characters that will last a lifetime
8 August 1999 | by (Asheville, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Designing Women was wonderful. I enjoyed Delta Burke, Jean Smart, Annie Potts, Dixie Carter, Meshach Taylor, and Alice Ghostley's performances. They were the original cast. But my favorite character was portrayed by Judith Ivey. She is wonderful. Carlene had a different sense of humor than Charlene, even though they were sisters. But Dixie Carter and Annie Potts were great together. Delta Burke was good, but her very unfortunate leaving allowed different story lines.


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