Designing Women

1986 TV-PG 5 seasons

Designing Women

1986 TV-PG 5 seasons
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This Southern-fried, ladies-first sitcom was a lasting hit after its 1986 debut, fueled by the catty wit of Dixie Carter and Delta Burke as the Sugarbaker sisters, and Annie Potts and Jean Smart as their staff at the Sugarbaker interior design firm. Despite the crackling sarcasm, the women also loyally support one another as they struggle through the classic challenges of life, from family to romance to breast augmentation and bankruptcy.
Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Meshach Taylor, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, Jan Hooks, Judith Ivey, Julia Duffy
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 2 (1987) - 4 discs

Southern belles Julia and Suzanne, along with the rest of the Sugarbaker and Associates crew, return for a sophomore season of this long-running, Golden Globe Award-nominated comedy series. In this season, Julia and company take on the task of redecorating a rundown gas station; Suzanne discovers that her ex-husband's writer's block has pushed him to the brink of suicide; and a fellow decorator asks the girls to design his funeral.
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this series takes on strong, sometimes-controversial topics (AIDS, racism, etc.) from a feminist point of view. There are also occasional non-explicit references to sexual behavior (after all, the women do have "designs"). Perhaps most significantly, this series emphasizes strong, independent female roles and discusses important social and moral issues.

Sexual Content

Mild references to sexual behavior. Lots of dating and romance.


Occasional discussions of violence against women.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The show deals with many controversial issues, including racism, homosexuality, AIDS, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. The discussions of these issues are often feminist in nature and focus on being socially aware and morally responsible. Strong, independent female role models (even Suzanne).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional references to alcohol, including wine and homemade alcoholic beverages. Characters rarely smoke, but when they do, it's treated as negative behavior.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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