A.V. Club - 06/03/2009
"At its core, DESIGNING WOMEN was a relaxed workplace comedy like TAXI and BARNEY MILLER, crossed with a bristling social-issues comedy in the mold of ALL IN THE FAMILY and MAUDE....It was a standout in its time, and it still retains much of its snap."
Shot through with Southern sass, the debut season of DESIGNING WOMEN introduced the world to four of the finest, funniest sitcom characters in TV history: the strong-willed entrepreneur Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter); her ex-beauty queen sister, Suzanne (Delta Burke); the sly, recently divorced Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts); and the aw-shucks small-town girl Charlene Frazier (Jean Smart). As the four principal players in a small Georgia-based decorating firm, the women took care of business--and each other--with grace, strength, and buckets of wit. This collection includes every episode from DESIGNING WOMEN's 1986 season on CBS, as well as a reunion special featuring the original cast and creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.
Designing Women focuses on sisters Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) and Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) who despite being opposites, run a business together.