Designing Women

Designing Women

Designing Women
Half hour comedy series
Four uniquely diverse women-the best of friends-are trying to break into an unfriendly business world with their fledgling decorating firm. Delta Burke is the much-married Suzanne Sugarbaker, glamorous femme fatale and "front person" for the firm. Dixie Carter is Suzanne's flamboyant elder sister Julia, founder of Sugarbaker's Design Center. Julia is a widow with a sharp wit and dramatic flair that reminds people of a young Bette Davis. Annie Potts is Mary Jo Shively, a shy divorcee and mother who has great talents as a decorator but little self-confidence. This is her first job since putting her ex-husband through medical school. Jean Smart is Charlene Frazier, the sharp, super-organized office manager who has the distinct talent of attracting the wrong men.
"Designing Women," created and written by EMMY Award winner Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, explores relationships and discovers the bonds of friendship... and a rich vein of humor.

Episode Info

Final: 7x22 -- Gone With a Whim (2) (May/24/1993)

The ladies worry that Sugarbaker's will be taking over until Craig comes to the rescue.
Dixie CarterDixie Carter
As Julia Sugarbaker
Annie PottsAnnie Potts
As Mary Jo Jackson Shively
Meshach TaylorMeshach Taylor
As Anthony Bouvier (S03-S07; recurring previously)
Delta BurkeDelta Burke
As Suzanne Sugarbaker Goff Dent Stonecipher (S01-S05)
Jean SmartJean Smart
As Charlene Frazier Stillfield (S01-S05)
Julia DuffyJulia Duffy
As Allison Sugarbaker (S06)
Jan HooksJan Hooks
As Carlene Fraizer Dobber (S06-S07)
Judith IveyJudith Ivey
As Bobbie Jo "B.J." Poteet (S07)

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Recurring Guests

Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton (48 eps)
Meshach Taylor as Anthony Bouvier (32 eps)
Richard Gilliland as J.D. Shackelford (16 eps)
Douglas Barr as Col. Bill Stillfield (13 eps)
Priscilla Weems as Claudia Shively (13 eps)
Brian Lando as Quinton Shively (12 eps)
Hal Holbrook (9 eps)
Sheryl Lee Ralph as Etienne Toussaint Bouvier (7 eps)
Michael Goldfinger as Rusty (5 eps)
Scott Bakula as Ted Shively (5 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 29, 1986
Ended: May 24, 1993
Seasons 1-6  
Season 7 (with Ray Charles vocal)  
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