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Designing Women 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1986–1993)
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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

29 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Designing Women See more »

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Runtime:

| (164 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After being a very successful ensemble player on Saturday Night Live; Jan Hooks followed up that major success with this slight one; playing one of the supporting characters on Designing Women for two years. After that she did a couple parts here and there, and then dropped out of showbiz altogether; before dying relatively young in 2014. Tina Fey spoke out about Jan Hooks at the time; about the tragedy of her potential not being realized:' "It made me sad when she passed, and it made me mad at the time how available she was," Fey said. "Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career. Certainly as big as Rob Schneider's fucking career. She was a bigger star on S.N.L."' 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 modeling a fur pull-over]
protestor: 50 animals died because of that coat!
Suzanne: Wanna make it 51?
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Georgia on My Mind
by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell
Performed by Ray Charles
(seasons 6-7)
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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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