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Designing Women

Series Summary
Series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason uses the fictional Atlanta design firm of Sugarbaker and Associates as a witty bully pulpit for caustic social and political humor. The founder of the company is Julia Sugarbaker, a sharp-tongued but elegant and surprisingly compassionate woman. Her younger sister, Suzanne, is a former beauty queen who is long on charm but a bit slow on the uptake. Their associates are Mary Jo Shively, a recent divorcee, and officer manager Charlene Frazier, whose sweetness is matched only by her naivete. Their deliverman is Anthony Bouvier, a well-spoken ex-convict, and cheerfully dotty senior citizen Bernice Clifton often drops by for a visit as well.

Air Dates: 1986 - 1993

Genres: Sitcom

Network: CBS

  • Season 7, Ep. 14 : Wedding Redux Feb 5, 1993

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    When Anthony and Etienne's families finally meet, Julia persuades them to repeat their marriage vows.

  • Season 7, Ep. 13 : Oh Dog, Poor Dog Jan 22, 1993

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    When Mary Jo and Julia discuss putting a dog to sleep, Bernice (Alice Ghostley) assumes they're referring to her.

  • Season 7, Ep. 12 : The Odyssey Jan 15, 1993

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    The weather wreaks havoc on B.J.'s plan to fly everyone to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

  • Season 7, Ep. 11 : Too Dumb to Date Jan 8, 1993

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    Mary Jo's colleagues cannot understand why she's interested in her dumb boyfriend (Patrick Warburton), a top male model.

  • Season 7, Ep. 10 : Trial and Error Dec 11, 1992

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    When Anthony agrees to testify in court for Mary Jo, he reluctantly becomes her legal adviser.

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  • Ms. Bloodworth-Thomason is no Susan Harris, whose crackling humor keeps "The Golden Girls" popping steadily from week to week. On the other hand, Designing Women has a first-rate cast. show more

  • The premiere of Designing Women...provides fewer answers than indications. And the indications are that even good performers in an appealing setting won't make Designing Woman funny without better-designed scripts. Snappy, yes. Laughs, no. show more

  • May be the most outrageous new comedy since "All in the Family," in terms of what it's willing to try and say. It's going to make some people laugh. It's going to offend some people...For my money, it's the best and brightest new sitcom of the year -- sharp and tart in its writing, sharp and tart in its execution by four splendid actresses. They, and it, have got spirit and style and sass. [29 Sept 1986, p.C1] show more

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