Designing Women

Designing Women
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Original cast (1986–1991)
Created byLinda Bloodworth-Thomason
Opening theme"Georgia on My Mind"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes163 (list of episodes)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Bloodworth/Thomason Mozark Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorColumbia Pictures Television Distribution
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29) –
May 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)
Followed byWomen of the House (1995)

Designing Women is an American sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 163 episodes. The comedy series Designing Women was a joint production of Bloodworth/Thomason Mozark Productions in association with Columbia Pictures Television for CBS.

The series centers on the lives of four women and one man working together at an interior designing firm in Atlanta, Georgia called Sugarbaker & Associates. It originally starred Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker, president of the design firm; Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker, Julia's ex-beauty queen sister and the design firm's silent partner; Annie Potts as head designer Mary Jo Shively; and Jean Smart as office manager Charlene Frazier. Later in its run, the series gained notoriety for its well-publicized behind-the-scenes conflicts and cast changes. Julia Duffy and Jan Hooks replaced Burke and Smart for season six, but Duffy was not brought back for the seventh and final season, and she was replaced by Judith Ivey.


The title of the series is a play on words using the old American-English phrase “designing women” which, in its original usage, described women who were constantly scheming by concocting various “designs” or surreptitious plans. The dual entendre within the title is that the almost entirely female cast works in and around the Sugarbaker Design firm and are often seen discussing their love lives and related plot twists centered on their private lives and other interspersonal dynamics.