Designing Women (1986 - 1993)

Designing Women

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Savvy single women run Sugarbakers, an Atlanta decorating business, in this saucy sitcom with feminist sensibilities, which also endured its share of tabloid notoriety (thanks in some measure to Delta Burke's fluctuating weight and her departure from the series in 1991). Created by Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the series garnered 11 Emmy nominations.

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1992, CBS, 24 episodes

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1991, CBS, 23 episodes

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1990, CBS, 24 episodes

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1989, CBS, 29 episodes

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1988, CBS, 22 episodes

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1987, CBS, 22 episodes

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1986, CBS, 22 episodes


Delta Burke
as Suzanne Sugarbaker
Dixie Carter
as Julia Sugarbaker
Jean Smart
as Charlene Frazier Stillfield
Annie Potts
as Mary Jo Shively
Meshach Taylor
as Anthony Bouvier
Hal Holbrook
as Reese Watson
Alice Ghostley
as Bernice Clifton
Julia Duffy
as Allison Sugarbaker
Jan Hooks
as Carlene Frazier Dobber
Judith Ivey
as B.J. Poteet
Sheryl Lee Ralph
as Etienne Toussant Bouvier
Douglas Barr
as Army Colonel
Olivia Brown
as Anthony's Friend
George Newbern
as Julia's Son
Brian Lando
as Mary Jo's Son
Michael Ross
as Nashville Starmaker
Dona Hardy
as Margaret
Robert Donovan
as Guy No. 1
Jack Bannon
as Sheffield
Jon Huffman
as Policeman
Bruce French
as Mr. Cohen
Jessie Jones
as Marshal
Marilyn Coleman
as Aunt Louise
Dub Taylor
as Daddy Jones
Bill Cobbs
as Henry/Charles
Brandis Kemp
as Mrs. Boeving
Ivan Bonar
as Wilmont
Barbara Beckley
as Mrs. Hoffman
Kristoffer Tabori
as Mary Jo's Friend
Robert Moran
as Soldier No. 1
Larry Cox
as Brian
Guy Boyd
as Shelby
Dierk Torsek
as Hard Hat No. 1
Ed Levy
as Newsstand Guy
Danny Thomason
as Reggie Mac
Dolly Parton
as Charlene's Guardian Movie Star
Beans Morocco
as Director
Kim Hamilton
as Annabelle
Patrick Day
as Daughter's Boyfriend
Frances E. Williams
as Anthony's Grandmother
Bruce Davison
as Rev. Eugene Chapman
Sally Champlin
as Mrs. Turkle
Karen Kopins
as Former Beauty Queen
Jay Bell
as Stewart
Ted Leplat
as Hence Winchester
Gregg Henry
as Suzanne's Ex
Lisa Peluso
as Young Lawyer
Camilla Carr
as Mrs. Salinger
Rosalind Ingledew
as Terry Wilder
Connie Lew
as Orphan
Ginna Carter
as Sugarbakers' Niece
John Shearin
as Mr. No Fat Chicks
Richard Cox
as Barringer
Marji Martin
as Donna Jo
Peter Crook
as Friendly Guy
Bobby Ferguson
as Charlene's Old School Chum
Tom Sullivan
as Blind Client
Ann Walker
as Rosalind
Rika Hofmann
as Babysitter
Peter White
as Newscaster
Mary Dixie Marter
as Sugarbakers' Niece
Kim Zimmer
as Charlene's Cousin
P.R. Paul
as Purse Snatcher
D. David Morin
as Charlene's Beau
Thomas Callaway
as Escaped Con
Fabriana Udenio
as Exotic Dancer
Shavar Ross
as Anthony's Juvenile Charge
Constance Towers
as Client's Wife
Dayna Winston
as Savannah
Nick DeMauro
as Officer
James Higdon
as Hastings
Christina Rich
as Party Girl
Newell Alexander
as Truck Driver
Jason Bernard
as Commissioner
Leann Hunley
as Client's Mistress
Richard Bull
as TV Pitchman
Gregory Wurster
as Charlene's Brother
Lyndsey Fields
as Miss Travis
Gretchen Wyler
as Broadway Has-Been
Andrew Bloch
as Gorilla Man
Tiffany Terry
as Ticket Agent
Lisa Jane Persky
as Carlene's Groupie
Kathy Connell
as Stage Manager
Warren Burton
as Reynolds
Kerry Stein
as Podiatrist
Jackie Joseph
as Mary Jo's Mom
Marius Weyers
as Julia's Mentor
James Naughton
as Orchestra Conductor
Jack Stauffer
as Croupier
Paula Trickey
as Bikini Model
Della Reese
as Etienne's Mom
James Keane
as Wildman
Anne Carney
as Waitress
Jerry Lacy
as New York Financier
Kelly Korbel
as Flight Attendant
Pat Carroll
as Julia's Friend
Frank DiElsi
as Podiatrist
John Huffman
as Officer
Sherman Hemsley
as Etienne's Dad
Tom Kindle
as Wildman
Robert Cesario
as Ticket Agent
Clayton Landey
as Guy in See-Through Shirt
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Series Details

TV Network: CBS
Premiere Date: Sep 29, 1986
Genre: Comedy
Executive Producers: Harry Thomason, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Norma Safford Vela
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