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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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English

Release Date:

29 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mann muss nicht sein See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Dixie Carter was seventeen years older than Delta Burke. It's reported in a later episode, that their mother was married to their father, they divorced, their father married again, had their brother Clayton, played by the late Lewis Grizzard, they divorced and he remarried Julia and Suzanne's mother, accounting for the age difference. 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: [packing for a camping trip] Those are all my cosmetic bags.
Reese Watson: No-one's that ugly.
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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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Brilliant comedy
21 October 2014 | by clive-13See all my reviews

This show along with The Golden Girls were the only reasons to watch TV during the last half of the 1980's. Thank God that both series are in syndication and can be seen on numerous channels today. Designing Women was the warmer of the two series, particularly the first five years before the change of cast. Just great writing and brilliant acting took this series to the very top of comedy shows. It was always a hoot to see all the girls supposedly working in an interior decorating company when they never appear to actually be working. Many of the shows featured Julia singing and those were the shows that I liked the best. My other favorite character was played by Jean Smart who unfortunately left the show after the fifth season when she married Bill the serviceman. All in all such a wonderful entertaining show that can still be seen today.


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