Designing Women

1986 TV-PG 6 seasons

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Designing Women

1986 TV-PG 6 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.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6

Summary of Season 1 (1986) - 4 discs

The premiere season of this long-running sitcom follows sisters Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter and Delta Burke) as they labor to get their Atlanta-based interior design company off the ground, with the help of designer Mary Jo (Annie Potts) and office manager Charlene (Jean Smart). The women spar endlessly, even as they help one another through romantic entanglements, impending middle age, voodoo death curses and more.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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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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