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Designing Women: Season 4 (1989)

Dixie Carter , Annie Potts  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Meshach Taylor, Delta Burke, Jean Smart
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Designing Women: Season 4" on IMDb

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Designing Women provides your weekly dose of Southern charm mixed with womens empowerment and, oh yeah: big laughs!

Seasons Four is perhaps one of the most pivotal in the series. Charlene (Jean Smart) gives birth to her new baby girl; Suzannes (Delta Burke) high school reunion provokes realizations about body image; Mary Jo (Annie Potts) gets a part-time job flipping burgers and begins dating a minister; Julia (Dixie Carter) attends her sons wedding; and Anthony graduates and gets shot by Suzanne! Alice Ghostley continues her recurring role as the befuddled and lovable Bernice Clifton, who in Season Four must go to court to prove her competence with the help of the Sugarbaker women.

Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Designing Women aired on CBS from 1986 1993, running for seven seasons and becoming a premier landmark sitcom in television history.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode Guide June 24, 2010
PROXY PIG AND GREAT PRETENDERS (September 18, 1989) When Suzanne's pig runs away, Charlene and Anthony become her new pets. Mary Jo uses an out-of-town client's home to make an old rival believe she's wealthy.

ONE NIGHT WITH YOU (September 25, 1989) A dying man wants to spend a night with Julia, his high school crush.

THERE SHE IS (October 9, 1989) Suzanne's Miss Georgia crown is in jeopardy when a voting error is discovered fifteen years later.

NIGHTMARE FROM HEE HAW (October 16, 1989) The ladies vacation to the mountains is ruined by a family of hillbillies.

THE GIRLFRIEND (October 23, 1989) The ladies aren't impressed with Anthony's new girlfriend.

THE ROWDY GIRLS (October 30, 1989) Charlene's cousin Mavis helps the ladies prepare to play the Supremes in the Decorative Arts Center Talent Show, but Charlene is devastated to accidentally discover that her beloved childhood companion is the victim of spousal abuse.

BERNICE'S SANITY HEARING (November 13, 1989) When Bernice's niece Phyllis announces that she plans to have her declared incompetent and put in a nursing home, the ladies jump to her defense -- not realizing that they appear to the judge to be the root of Bernice's problems.

JULIA GETS HER HEAD STUCK IN A FENCE (November 20, 1989) Julia gets her head stuck in the staircase of the Governor's mansion just hours before the Governor's Ball.

JULIA AND SUZANNE'S BIG ADVENTURE (November 27, 1989) Juia and Suzanne's trip to Japan is interrupted when they are robbed.

MANHUNT (December 4, 1989) Mary Jo buys a book on trapping a man and enlists Suzanne's expert advice to help her end her dating dry-spell.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The One We've All Been Waiting For July 6, 2010
By Kasey G
The great people at Shout! Factory rescued "Designing Women" from the Sony vaults in May 2009 when they began releasing long-overdue season sets.

Although I have a special fondness for Seasons 5, 6 and 7 of "Designing Women" since those are the years I discovered the series in prime time, I have come to realize that Season 4 is the pinnacle of the series in terms of writing and acting.

Special mention goes to "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century", in which Charlene gives birth to baby Olivia on the first day of the new decade.

The writing in this episode is exquisite, and one memorable scene shows that even death can be beautiful as the Sugarbaker ladies watch a 102-year-old lady pass on right after sharing her wisdom with them. Julia and Mary Jo's reactions in the scene are stunning. Completing the circle of life, Charlene brings a new life into the world at the same time as the woman dies.

As if this outstanding episode needed a gimmick, Dolly Parton, then red-hot off her success in "Steel Magnolias" makes a delightful cameo appearance. Always a class act, Dolly seems right at home on this show and it's wonderful to have her in this beautiful, poignant installment.

Conversely, "Foreign Affairs" is one the series' funniest episodes a little later in the season. Suzanne uses cash to convince Anthony to impersonate her maid Consuela in taking a citizenship test to prevent her from being deported. This entry features some of the snappiest dialogue ever; Charlene is especially sassy in this; Mary Jo makes her usual dry comments while frolicking on a giant waterbed (don't ask); Julia shakes her head, powerless to stop the insanity that surrounds her.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The women June 21, 2010
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With the passing of Dixie Carter, watching my favorite show is somewhat bittersweet. It will always be a classic. Julia will forever be the terminator, Susanne will always be the beauty queen, Mary Jo will always be the nuturing earth mother and Charlene will always be sweet and sassy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful August 29, 2010
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I have always enjoyed Designing Women, so I purchased seasons 1-4 as soon as availabe and have spent many hours just sitting watching and amazed at how much I had forgotten. I also enjoyed the shows that dealt with cancer and aids.

A wonderful t.v. show too bad that there are no shows like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncut and Unbelievable October 31, 2010
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This has always been one of my favourite and one of the most memorable seasons of Designing Women. The season itself is 5 stars. But I couldn't believe it when I realised that these episodes were completely uncut - bits that I don't ever remember seeing before (and I remember watching Designing Women before syndication). Plus, I love the purple motif! Once again, however (like the season 3 set), the music of the main menu is the same as seasons 1 and 2...oh well! Nice job on this one, can't wait for season 5!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classy ladies in a memorable series October 26, 2010
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This series was a standout when it aired on network tv and it hasn't lost any of its impact. The ensemble cast was excellent, the premise clever, the dialogue crackling and the clothes were to die for. And, with the recent passing of Dixie Carter it is even more poignant. She was one classy lady and left us with a wonderful social and comedic legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest of them all October 23, 2010
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I do believe Season 4 is the best and funniest season of the show. Owning these DVDs is essential for anyone who grew up watching "Designing Women." Especially now that Dixie Carter is gone, it's a great way to remember her and the fun we all had the first time we watched these episodes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This series is great! I'm glad I purchased it. It arrived early and in excellent condition. I highly recommend this DVD series for anyone that liked the show. Plenty of laughs.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!
I was finally able to complete my series of "Designing Women" when I found that Amazon had it available at a reasonable cost! Read more
Published 2 months ago by S.Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sugarbaker's Hijinx continue
If you love hearing Dixie Carter pontificate on the social issues facing the American South in the late 1980s, this is the show for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
At long last the series is mine…commercial free! And Dixie Carter lives again! I bought the first five seasons before any of the original cast left. Love all five seasons.
Published 3 months ago by Disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite season of Designing Women
The girls and Anthony are very funny in this season. Great story lines. Love this season best of all especially Charlene's wedding and the birth of her baby. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV Entertainemnt
I always enjoyed this show when it was on in the 90ds. I am enjoying seeing the spunky, savvy, and hilarious Designing Women again.
Published 5 months ago by Ellsberry Enterprises (Consignment)
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected
I am a lifelong fane of this show. Only a few shows out there are funnier than this. Buy this ladies!
Published 6 months ago by hoosier0893
5.0 out of 5 stars Designing Women: The Complete Fourth Season
Arrived quickly and in excellent condition. I'm a big fan of this show and was so happy to add this to my collection.
Published 7 months ago by ArmyWife13
5.0 out of 5 stars What a show!!!
I loved the show Designing Women.I watched it from it's debut in 1986 until the end.I was so glad to find this dvd set on Amazon at such a great low price. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Show
Not only a chick show, but also entertaining for men. The character interplay is always great and leads to a good comedic show. Read more
Published 11 months ago by T. Mayer
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I believe the episode you're looking for is the first episode of this season, where Anthony gets hurt and recuperates at Suzanne's house, to his horror.
Dec 2, 2010 by James Donovan |  See all 3 posts
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