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

Critics Consensus: Although the jokes don't always stick the landing, the excellent actresses alone make Designing Women worth watching.

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