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Designing Women 

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The misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 22 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dixie Carter ...  Julia Sugarbaker 163 episodes, 1986-1993
Annie Potts ...  Mary Jo Shively 163 episodes, 1986-1993
Meshach Taylor ...  Anthony Bouvier 152 episodes, 1986-1993
Jean Smart ...  Charlene Frazier Stillfield 120 episodes, 1986-1991
Delta Burke ...  Suzanne Sugarbaker 118 episodes, 1986-1991
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Storyline

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>

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Release Date:

29 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mann muss nicht sein See more »

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Runtime:

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During Delta Burke's falling out with the ladies on the show, she privately apologized to everyone. But it took over a decade for Delta and Dixie Carter to make amends. Burke apologized to Carter (who at the time of the falling out between the two of them, sided with producers over Burke's on set behavior.) in 2002 and made an appearance on Carter's show "Family Law" and all appeared well between the 2 during the 2003 designing women reunion, and looked even better during the 2006 reunion. Burke and the ladies were heartbroken over Carter's death as well, and in one media photo Burke is seen having to be held up by husband Gerard and co-star Annie Potts. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Suzanne: She's not only old, she's stupid!
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Connections

Referenced in The War of the Roses (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Georgia on My Mind
by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Ray Charles
(seasons 6-7)
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Characters that will last a lifetime
8 August 1999 | by JennLynnSee 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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