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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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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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English

Release Date:

29 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mann muss nicht sein See more »

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| (164 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In September after the DW Creator wrote an Op-Ed piece in the Hollywood Reporter, ABC decided to give Designing Women a script commitment, less then a day after Linda Thomason blasted ex-CBS boss Les Moonves (the network the show was originally on) and ABC was highly interested in rebooting the series. Jean Smart also claimed she wanted in on the reboot, as well as Annie Potts who said earlier in 2018 she'd do a reboot/revival during her spare time. The project is still in its script commitment faze. 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

Mary Jo: And why do you know all the capitols of every country, Charlene?
Charlene: Because, Mary Jo, I love knowledge. As a matter of fact, I yearn for it.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Sting (1993) See more »

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Georgia on My Mind
by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Doc Severinsen
(seasons 1-5)
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Without Delta Burke and Jean Smart, this show floundered
7 March 2001 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

This show was funny most of the time--and a might preachy some of the time, but always fun to watch. As long as Delta Burke and Jean Smart were on the show, it really was great, but when these two funny women left the show, it went downhill FAST!! That means that the first five years of the show were the best and should not be missed. Suzanne, Charlene and Anthony were the funniest characters on this show and Julia was too preachy, while Mary Jo was a pain in the neck--always whining about something!!


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