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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.
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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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  Bernice Clifton (48 episodes, 1986-1993)
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  Carlene Frazier Dobber (45 episodes, 1991-1993)
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  Allison Sugarbaker (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
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  B.J. Poteet (22 episodes, 1992-1993)
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  J.D. Shackelford (14 episodes, 1986-1991)
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  Bill Stillfield / ... (13 episodes, 1987-1991)
Priscilla Weems ...
  Claudia Shively (11 episodes, 1986-1990)
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  Reese Watson (9 episodes, 1986-1989)
Brian Lando ...
  Quinton Shively (9 episodes, 1986-1991)
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  Etienne Toussaint Bouvier (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
Michael Goldfinger ...
  Rusty (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Dr. Ted Shively (5 episodes, 1986-1988)
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  Randa Oliver (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Daryle Ann Lindley ...
  Anne Page / ... (5 episodes, 1988-1993)
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  Vanessa Hargraves (5 episodes, 1990)
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  Payne McIlroy / ... (4 episodes, 1986-1992)
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  Orderly / ... (4 episodes, 1987-1991)
Michelle Buffone ...
  Corrine / ... (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Virginia Bingham ...
  Debbie Hammonds / ... (4 episodes, 1986-1990)
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  Delivery Man / ... (4 episodes, 1989-1992)
Charles Levin ...
  Chuck / ... (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bobbie Ferguson ...
  Monette Marlin / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
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  Ray Don Simpson (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
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  T. Tommy Reed / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Kyle Wellborn / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1993)
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  DeWitt Chiles / ... (3 episodes, 1987-1991)
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  Adam / ... (3 episodes, 1989-1992)
Roberto Cesari ...
  Kevin / ... (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
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  Minnie / ... (3 episodes, 1990-1993)
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  Felicity / ... (3 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gracie Harrison ...
  Bitty Stonecipher (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Craig (3 episodes, 1993)
James Higdon ...
  Attendant / ... (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael A. Ross ...
  Gaylon King / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
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  Dwayne Dobber (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
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  Jeff Weddington / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Dr. Elliot Newhouse / ... (2 episodes, 1990)
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  Dash Goff (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Dierk Torsek ...
  Detective Delaney / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Terry Wills ...
  Mr. Meshmeyer (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
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  Howard (2 episodes, 1987)
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  Guy #2 / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1992)
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  Manager / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1992)
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  Janet Shackelford (2 episodes, 1987)
Michael Griswold ...
  Burton Riffel (2 episodes, 1987)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Femmes d'affaires et dames de coeur (France)
  • Mann muss nicht sein (Germany)
  • Diseñadoras (Spain)
  • Chicas con clase (Spain)
  • Quattro donne in carriera (Italy)
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  • 30 min
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Trivia Dixie Carter, being a Republican, didn't always agree with her character's Liberal views. So she and the show's producers came to an agreement: whenever Julia would go off on something, on which Dixie didn't quite agree, she got to showcase her singing in a future episode. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in It Could Happen to You (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Georgia on My Mind See more »
Quotes Julia: Excuse me, aren't you Marjorie Leigh Winnick, the current Miss Georgia World?
Marjorie: Why, yes I am.
Julia: I'm Julia Sugarbaker, Suzanne Sugarbaker's sister. I couldn't help over hearing part of your conversation.
Marjorie: Well, I'm sorry. I didn't know anyone was here.
Julia: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don't know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn't know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot. Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, "What would you do to prevent war?" she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept. And you probably didn't know, Marjorie, that Suzanne was not just any Miss Georgia, she was the Miss Georgia. She didn't twirl just a baton, that baton was on fire. And when she threw that baton into the air, it flew higher, further, faster than any baton has ever flown before, hitting a transformer and showering the darkened arena with sparks! And when it finally did come down, Marjorie, my sister caught that baton, and 12,000 people jumped to their feet for sixteen and one-half minutes of uninterrupted thunderous ovation, as flames illuminated her tear-stained face! And that, Marjorie - just so you will know - and your children will someday know - is the night the lights went out in Georgia!
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