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
According to creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason during the 2006 Designing Women Reunion the character of Anthony played by Meshach Taylor was supposed to be a one off. But fans loved the character of Anthony so much that he was offered a full time role on the show. He joined the main cast officially for the second season in 1987. 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 »
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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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