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The Best of Designing Women (1986)

Dixie Carter , Delta Burke  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, Annie Potts, Mesach Taylor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A7W13
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Designing Women" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodes: Pilot, Killing All the Right People, Reservations for Eight, Big Haas and Little Falsie, They Shoot Fat Women Don't They?

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Product Description

Join Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker along with Mary Jo and Charlene in five of the most popular episodes! Fans have requested these episodes the most: the pilot episode that began it all, "Killing All the Right People" and "Reservations for Eight" from the second season, "Big Hass and Little Falsie" from the third season, and "They Shoot Fat Women Don't They?" from the fourth season. Starring Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor.

For a while, Designing Women captured some of the spirit of Hollywood's silkiest and smartest, Golden Age sophistication. Debuting in the fall of 1986, this half-hour sitcom--about four Atlanta belles who either owned or worked for an upscale interior design firm--seamlessly blended an understated glamour with razor-sharp dialogue, polished Southern grace, and a ripened female perspective--a sort of perfumed but unequivocal feminism for college-educated women over 30. The core cast of stage and film veterans--Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, and Jean Smart--was unusually strong, and their characters' problems and conflicts were unique to adulthood rather than the protracted adolescence common among today's comedies. The five episodes on this disc represent some of the show's strongest material, including season two's "Killing All the Right People," which--for its time--was bold in introducing a character dying of AIDS complications. Also quite witty is "Reservations for Eight," in which the Georgia quartet and their lovers bicker over gender stereotypes. --Tom Keogh

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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reason WHY entire seasons haven't been released December 5, 2006
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Requests continue to pour in for full seasons of Designing Women to be released on DVD, and we wanted to keep you updated on the reasons for the delay and the current news regarding an upcoming release.

As many of you have probably seen, TV-on-DVD is currently flooding the marketplace, and as a result, the holders of the publishing rights to the music are asking a price that the DVD studio is simply unwilling to pay because it will drive up the cost of the release past the project's budget limits. Although diehard fans would pay higher prices, the loss of the casual fan will result in fewer sales which will not cover the ludicrous licensing increases. In the case of Designing Women, the situation is heightened by the fact that there were many popular songs used in the episodes that create additional licensing costs.

Sony has made it clear that it knows Designing Women is important to the fans, and they are continuing to push for a release of the series. This website has even been contacted to help with artwork, but until an agreement can be reached regarding the music licensing, no official release date will be announced.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the WOMEN are finally on DVD July 11, 2005
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Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's hilarious sitcom about 4 Atlanta belles running a design firm, DESIGNING WOMEN, makes it's digital debut with this budget-priced disc containing 5 episodes (one episode from each season).

"Pilot" - Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) begins dating her new gynecologist...the only problem is that he's the ex-husband of Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts).

"Killing All the Right People" - The girls get hired to design the funeral of one of their friends who is dying from AIDS.

"Reservations for Eight" - The girls and their boyfriends head off for a skiing holiday, only to get snowed-in. Stuck in their cabin, the atmosphere becomes heated when Suzanne is confronted by her ex-husband Dash Goff (Gerald McRaney), and the holiday dissolves into a Men vs Women battle. Guest-starring Hal Holbrook as Julia's boyfriend Reese

"Big Haas and Little Falsie" - Mary Jo discovers she has inherited a cool $3,000, though she must spend it quickly.

"They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" - Suzanne attends her highschool reunion, whilst Julia (Dixie Carter) and Mary Jo take part in a charity fasting.

While full season sets would have been a better idea, this disc should be a great treat for fans of the show.

Also starring Jean Smart, Meshach Taylor and Alice Ghostley.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL SEASONS!!!! February 27, 2004
This is a WONDERFUL DVD! Unlike some of the other reveiwers the quality of this dvd is WONDERFUL! I Love all the episodes they put on this dvd. Now, if they would go by the seasons. I would own all of them!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want all the seasons! These aren't the funniest! April 28, 2006
I mostly posted this because I want someone with the production company to read this and see that they need to put out more! I used to tape this off of Lifetime in reruns in 1994-95. None of my VCR tapes are in such great condition any more, and my VCR jammed recently. The best shows are NOT on this DVD; we need a DVD of all the seasons-- at least until DB left the show. The shows on this "Best Of" DVD are kind of dramatic. My favorite shows are the ones that are a little less political, such as the one where MaryJo had to decorate a nudist colony, the one where Bernice is courted by the Sugarbaker's crazy client (the guy with the bowtie who thinks his TV is getting struck by lightning)and then competes in a senior home beauty contest, and the one where MaryJo and Julia go to a keg party and must give Charlene lessons on class by telephone while she visits Bill's uptight family.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to see again September 23, 2005
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I ordered the Best of Designing Women as it doesn't look like a full season DVD will be out anytime soon. From what I have read they are having trouble getting permission for all the great music that was in Designing Women. But that being said it was good to see the girls again. I enjoyed this "Best Of" very much. There were so many memorable shows. As they say, it is better than nothing until the real thing somes along.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! August 21, 2004
When this dvd was released, I gave it to my sister as a birthday present. Needless to say, she and I love it! With no other Designing Women dvd on the market, this is like a welcome appetizer to the die-hard fan. One of my favorite episodes, "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" is featured in this dvd, and it's great because it addresses beauty queen Suzanne's weight gain in a way that is both funny and thought-provoking. To call it "the best of designing women" is misleading, because there wasn't a bad episode in the series. Now it's time for the whole series to come out!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time...but where's the rest of the episodes! September 5, 2003
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I marked on my calendar the date this DVD was being released so that I could go right out and buy it. In my opinion, there is no better television program then or now than Designing Women. I have seen every episode (with the original four women) many times over and never get tired of watching them. I only wish Lifetime TV aired it more often than they currently do. I hope they continue to keep it on their schedule.
Better yet, I hope Sony Pictures will release all the episodes on DVD in the very near future. The five episodes on this DVD is a good start but, PLEASE Sony Pictures, if you're reading this, there are many diehard fans that would buy the entire series on DVD. (I am only talking about the episodes with the original four women.)
If you've never seen Designing Women, buy this DVD and be ready to get addicted to this show. If you are like me and have seen every episode, you'll want to buy this DVD so that you can watch it whenever you want.
I have been waiting for a long time for Designing Women to be released on DVD. All I can say is, it's about time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast, Great Comedy
Susan and Julia Sugarbaker. Great Cast, Great Comedy. I wish they'd release the entire series.
Published 1 month ago by TV Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As fun as I remember the show being!
Published 2 months ago by Pam Walace
4.0 out of 5 stars These Women Were Always a Hoot!
Who didn't love this series? With the feistiness of Delta Burke and Dixie Carter, the goofiness of Alice Ghostley (when she was on), Annie Potts who was always the logical one and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sara Weisbrodt
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Best" ?
I don't agree with the title, but, with the exception of only a few , I love all " Designing Women " episodes, This is a mixture of hard hitting episodes dealing with... Read more
Published 10 months ago by brenda h
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of designing women
This is a collection of the creme of the crop of shows from this entertaining series. It makes my day to watch this show.
Published 20 months ago by Cindy Bucher
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic with great, real topics brought to public attention....
I love this show. Thank you, to the writers and producers of this show for bringing to public eye taboo topics from homosexuality to weight gain and financial loss! Read more
Published 21 months ago by malpensa
5.0 out of 5 stars Designing Women collection
We are totally pleased with this. The product contained each of the episodes most important to us, and the quality was superior.
Published 22 months ago by Harry Cole
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what we remembered.
I suppose it's been too long since we watched this series on TV. Some if it is very funny. Much is just bad taste.
Published 22 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Designing Women is one of my favorites!
My sister gave me this DVD for a birthday gift, and I put it in my DVD player whenever I need a good laugh! Read more
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what about the whole show?
Thanks for the info about the Sony website - I agree that Designing Women is a classic and have been checking for the last year to see if it has been released - all you Designing Women fans please go to the website and vote.
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