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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.

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Episode Info

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

Dixie Carter
As Julia Sugarbaker
Annie Potts
As Mary Jo Jackson Shively
Meshach Taylor
As Anthony Bouvier
Delta Burke
As Suzanne Sugarbaker Goff Dent Stonecipher (S01-S05)
Jean Smart
As Charlene Frazier Stillfield (S01-S05)
Julia Duffy
As Allison Sugarbaker (S06)
Jan Hooks
As Carlene Fraizer Dobber (S06-S07)
Judith Ivey
As Bobbie Jo "B.J." Poteet (S07)

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Recurring Guests

Alice Ghostley as Bernice Clifton (16 eps)
Richard Gilliland as J.D. Shackelford (10 eps)
Douglas Barr as Col. Bill Stillfield (9 eps)
Priscilla Weems as Claudia Shively (7 eps)
Hal Holbrook (6 eps)
Brian Lando as Quinton Shively (6 eps)
Sheryl Lee Ralph as Etienne Toussaint Bouvier (5 eps)
Scott Bakula as Ted Shively (5 eps)
Beah Richards as Minnie (3 eps)
M.C. Gainey as Junior (3 eps)

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Warning: Designing Women guide may contain spoilers
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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