Designing Women




Designing Women Cast


Series Description

The Designing Women TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a women with an "abrasive" personality who runs an interior design firm and her interaction with friends and (mostly) co-workers.

Designing Women Cast

Delta Burke .... Suzanne Sugarbaker Goff Dent Stonecipher
Dixie Carter .... Julia Sugarbaker McIlroy
Annie Potts .... Mary Jo Jackson Shively
Alice Ghostley .... Mrs. Bernice Clifton
Jean Smart .... Charlene Olivia Frazier Stillfield
Meshach Taylor .... Anthony Bouvier
Richard Gilliland .... James Dean "J.D." Shackelford
Priscilla Weems .... Claudia Marie Shively
Hal Holbrook .... Reese Watson
Douglas Barr .... Colonel William "Bill" Stillfield


Designing Women Trivia

The name of the interior design firm owned by Julia Sugarbaker was, "Sugarbaker and Associates". The exterior of that buiding was actually a Victorian mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was built in 1881 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It even has a name, "Villa Marre".

Delta Burke was fired from the Designing Women cast after the fifth season ended in May of 1991. Her feud with the TV show's producers, "Linda Bloodworth-Thomason" and her husband "Harry Thomason" was fueled by the fact that Delta had gained a considerable amount of weight. Linda and Harry (and others) felt that she had lost her "sex appeal" and urged her repeatedly to lose the weight. By 1995, they put their past differences aside to do a short-lived "spin-off" of Designing Women titled, "Women of the House". Delta Burke reprised her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker. Her fifth husband died and she moved to Washington, D.C. to finish his term as a U.S. Congresswomen.

Being a Designing Women cast member was apparently good for one's love life! Jean Smart met her husband, Richard Gilliland on Designing Women. Dixie Carter also met her husband, Hal Holbrook by playing his girlfriend on the TV show! Ironically, in January of 1990, Charlene & Bill Stillfield had a baby girl on the TV show. This was written into the scripts because, in real life, Jean Smart and Richard Gilliland were having a baby!

Designing Women was canceled near the end of its first season! CBS had moved the TV show's time slot twice in only 5 months! Viewers kept "losing" it. The TV show was a critical and ratings success in its original Monday night time slot. Viewer protests to the cancellation finally won out and the TV show was returned to its Monday night spot for five more seasons. For the seventh (and final) season, it was moved to Friday night.


Designing Women Theme Song

Title: "Georgia On My Mind"

Words Written By: "Stuart Gorrell / Music By: Hoagy Carmichael"

Performed By: "Ray Charles" (6th Season Only)

(This is also the state of Georgia's official song.)


Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind
Georgia, Georgia, a song of you
Comes sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find
Just and old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind

Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find
Just and old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind
Just and old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind
On my mind...


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1
  1. Designing Women (9/29/1986)
  2. The Beauty Contest (10/6/1986)
  3. A Big Affair (10/20/1986)
  4. Julia's Son (10/27/1986)
  5. Mary Jo's First Date (11/3/1986)
  6. Design House (11/17/1986)
  7. Perky's Visit (11/24/1986)
  8. I Do, I Don't (12/4/1986)
  9. The IT Men (12/04/1986)
  10. The Slumber Party (12/18/1986)
  11. New Year's Daze (1/1/1987)
  12. Old Spouses Never Die - Part 1 (2/1/1987)
  13. Old Spouses Never Die - Part 2 (2/1/1987)
  14. Monette (2/8/1987)
  15. And Justice For Paul (02/15/1987)
  16. Reese's Friend (2/22/1987)
  17. Nashville Bound (3/16/1987)
  18. Oh, Suzannah (3/23/1987)
  19. Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene (4/6/1987)
  20. Seams From a Marriage (4/13/1987)
  21. Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am (5/4/1987)
  22. Bachelor Suite (5/11/1987)
Season 2
  1. 101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station (9/14/1987)
  2. Ted Remarries (9/21/1987)
  3. Anthony, Jr. (9/28/1987)
  4. Killing All the Right People (10/5/1987)
  5. Half an Air Bubble Off (10/19/1987)
  6. Dash Goff, the Writer (10/26/1987)
  7. Heart Attacks (11/9/1987)
  8. Cruising (11/16/1987)
  9. I'll Be Seeing You (11/23/1987)
  10. Stranded (12/7/1987)
  11. Howard the Date (12/14/1987)
  12. I'll Be Home For Christmas (12/21/1987)
  13. Great Expectations (1/4/1988)
  14. Second Time Around (1/11/1988)
  15. Oh, Brother (1/18/1988)
  16. There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner (1/25/1988)
  17. The Return of Ray Don (2/1/1988)
  18. High Rollers (2/8/1988)
  19. The Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club (2/15/1988)
  20. How Great Thou Art (2/22/1988)
  21. Ted-Bare (3/21/1988)
  22. Reservations for Eight (3/28/1988)
Season 3
  1. Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula (11/14/1988)
  2. The Candidate (11/21/1988)
  3. E.P. Phone Home (11/28/1988)
  4. Getting Married and Eating Dirt (12/5/1988)
  5. Big Haas and Little Falsie (12/12/1988)
  6. Hard Hats and Lovers (12/19/1988)
  7. But They're Really Great Curtains (1/2/1989)
  8. The Wilderness Experience (1/9/1989)
  9. Tyrone (1/16/1989)
  10. Mr. Bailey (1/23/1989)
  11. The Naked Truth (2/13/1989)
  12. The Junies (2/20/1989)
  13. One Sees, the Other Doesn't (2/27/1989)
  14. Odell (3/6/1989)
  15. Full Moon (3/13/1989)
  16. Ms. Meal Ticket (3/20/1989)
  17. The Engagement (3/27/1989)
  18. Come On and Marry Me, Bill (4/10/1989)
  19. The Women of Atlanta (5/1/1989)
  20. Stand and Fight (5/8/1989)
  21. The Last Humorously-Dressed Bellboy in America (5/15/1989)
  22. Julia Drives Over the First Amendment (5/22/1989)
Season 4
  1. The Proxy Pig and Great Pretenders (9/18/1989)
  2. One Night With You (9/25/1989)
  3. There She Is (10/2/1989)
  4. Nightmare From Hee Haw (10/16/1989)
  5. The Girlfriend (10/23/1989)
  6. The Rowdy Girls (10/30/1989)
  7. Bernice's Sanity Hearing (11/13/1989)
  8. Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence (11/20/1989)
  9. Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure (11/27/1989)
  10. Manhunt (12/4/1989)
  11. They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They? (12/11/1989)
  12. You Got to Have Friends (12/18/1989)
  13. The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century - Part 1 (1/1/1990)
  14. The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century - Part 2 (1/1/1990)
  15. The Mistress (1/8/1990)
  16. The Fur Lies (1/15/1990)
  17. Oh, What a Feeling (1/29/1990)
  18. Anthony and Vanessa (2/05/1990)
  19. Payne Grows Up (2/19/1990)
  20. Tornado Watch (2/26/1990)
  21. Tough Enough (3/12/1990)
  22. It's A Wonderful Life (3/19/1990)
  23. Foreign Affairs (4/3/1990)
  24. Suzanne Goes Looking For a Friend (4/9/1990)
  25. Have Faith (5/7/1990)
  26. Their Finest Hour (5/9/1990)
  27. Anthony's Graduation (5/14/1990)
  28. La Place sans Souci (5/21/1990)
Season 5
  1. A Blast From the Past (9/17/1990)
  2. Papa Was a Rolling Stone (9/24/1990)
  3. Working Mother (10/1/1990)
  4. Miss Trial (10/15/1990)
  5. The Bachelor Auction (10/22/1990)
  6. Charlene Buys a House (10/29/1990)
  7. Old Rebels and Young Models (11/5/1990)
  8. Nowhere To Run To (11/12/1990)
  9. A Class Act (11/19/1990)
  10. Keep the Homes Fire Burning (11/26/1990)
  11. My Daughter, Myself (12/10/1990)
  12. And Now, Here's Bernice (12/17/1990)
  13. Pearls of Wisdom (1/7/1991)
  14. High Noon in a Laundry Room (1/14/1991)
  15. How Long Has This Been Going On? (1/28/1991)
  16. The Emperor's New Nose (2/4/1991)
  17. Maybe, Baby (2/11/1991)
  18. This is Art? (2/25/1991)
  19. Blame it on New Orleans (3/4/1991)
  20. I'll See You in Court (3/18/1991)
  21. The Big Circle (4/8/1991)
  22. Friends and Husbands (4/29/1991)
  23. Fore! (5/6/1991)
  24. The Pride of Sugarbakers (5/13/1991)
Season 6
  1. The Big Desk - Part 1 (9/16/1991)
  2. The Big Desk - Part 2 (9/16/1991)
  3. A Toe in the Water (9/23/1991)
  4. Dwayne's World (9/30/1991)
  5. Marriage Most Foul (10/7/1991)
  6. Picking a Winner (10/14/1991)
  7. Last Tango in Atlanta (10/21/1991)
  8. The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita (11/4/1991)
  9. Just Say Doe (11/11/1991)
  10. Julia and Rusty, Sittin' in a Tree (11/18/1991)
  11. Julia and Mary Jo Get Stuck Under a Bed (12/2/1991)
  12. Real, Scary Men (12/9/1991)
  13. Tales Out of School (12/16/1991)
  14. Driving My Mama Back Home (1/6/1992)
  15. Payne Comes Home (1/13/1992)
  16. Carlene's Apartment (1/20/1992)
  17. Mamed (2/3/1992)
  18. A Scene From a Mall (2/24/1992)
  19. All About Odes to Atlanta (3/2/1992)
  20. I Enjoy Being a Girl (3/9/1992)
  21. L.A. Story (3/23/1992)
  22. A Little Night Music (4/27/1992)
  23. Shades of Vanessa (5/4/1992)
Season 7
  1. Of Human Bondage (9/25/1992)
  2. Sex and the Single Woman (10/2/1992)
  3. Mary Jo vs. the Terminator (10/16/1992)
  4. On the Road Again (10/23/1992)
  5. Screaming Passages (10/30/1992)
  6. Viva Las Vegas - Part 1 (11/6/1992)
  7. Fools Rush In - Part 2 (11/13/1992)
  8. Love Letters (11/20/1992)
  9. The Vision Thing (12/4/1992)
  10. Trial and Error (12/11/1992)
  11. Too Dumb to Date (1/8/1993)
  12. The Odyssey (1/15/1993)
  13. Oh Dog, Poor Dog (1/22/1993)
  14. Wedding Redux (2/5/1993)
  15. Nude Julia, New York Morning (2/12/1993)
  16. Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days (3/5/1993)
  17. Shovel Off to Buffalo (3/12/1993)
  18. It's Not So Easy Being Green (4/2/1993)
  19. The Woman Who Came to Sugarbakers (4/30/1993)
  20. The Lying Game (5/7/1993)
  21. Gone With a Whim - Part 1 (5/24/1993)
  22. Gone With a Whim - Part 2 (5/24/1993)




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