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Designing Women (1986 - 1993)

Designing Women (1986 - 1993)




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Series Info

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