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Designing Women: Season 6

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Season Six mixes up the cast with the introduction of Jan Hooks as Carlene Frazier-Dobber, the fresh-off-the-bus replacement for her sister Charlene. Julia Duffy also joins the ensemble as Allison Sugarbaker, the driven, well-to-do replacement for her departed cousin Suzanne. While Mary Jo (Annie Potts) steps in to take Carlene under her wing, Julia (Dixie Carter) and Allison immediately take to butting heads. Caught in the middle are Anthony (Meshach Taylor) and Bernice (Alice Ghostley) in what would be a pivotal season for the series.

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  • Actors: Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Julia Duffy, Jan Hooks, Meshach Taylor
  • Directors: David Steinberg
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UKX628
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By KaseyG on January 10, 2012
Format: DVD
During the summer of 1991, "Designing Women" was riding high in the Nielsens with its biggest ratings ever due to all the publicity the show was receiving in the tabloids after the dismissal of Delta Burke. After much speculation about her successor, it was revealed that Julia Duffy (having recently come off a 7-season stint as spoiled Stephanie on "Newhart") would be her replacement. At the time the producers were quoted as saying "There are very few actresses who can play spoiled, stuffy characters without making you hate them...and Julia Duffy is one of those few". That statement was spot-on and viewers had their hopes as high as the Thomasons that the show would continue to enchant audiences. "Saturday Night Live" alumna Jan Hooks would be taking over for Jean Smart, who's departure was so overshadowed by Delta's, it practically slipped under everyone's radar and was hardly mentioned.

The hour-long season-premiere on September 16, 1991 titled "The Big Desk" generated such buzz it brought in viewers by the millions and was only bested by the season-premiere of lead-in "Murphy Brown". The episode was brilliantly-written to introduce the two new characters as well as send-off Jean Smart, whose promises to return for guest spots never materialized.

Thank God for Shout Factory! I was worried they would stop after Season 5 but bless their little hearts, they have come through with the Season I have been waiting for most of all. With Pam Norris still producing, the vibe is very similar to Season 5 despite the cast changes. Although some of the writing is a little weaker in spots, the delivery and comic timing of all the actresses is impeccable, and I found myself laughing out loud many times over the course of these 23 episodes.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elastic Master on January 15, 2012
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I'm going to have to strongly disagree with the last reviewer (Wolfgang731). Some fans' dislike of the cast changes really skewed their view of this season, but it actually had far better writing than either Five or Seven. Season Five had great moments and rode high on the coattails of the fabulous Season 4, but because of everything going on behind the scenes, the writing was very off-balance and the ensemble was very fractured. Watch Season 2 again if you really want to see what this show is supposed to feel like. The show was really at its best when it raised the audience to it's intelligent, though-provoking level than when it tried to be traditional and slapstick funny.

Let's face it, nothing compares to Seasons 1-4, but Season 6 had characterization that was spot-on and strong ensemble work that was seriously lacking in Season 5 with Delta written down to barely a walk-on in half the episodes. And as much as B.J. was a very welcome addition (particularly to those who weren't happy with the Allison character), the writing in Season 7 made the core characters of Julia and Mary Jo so silly and cartoonish that they were almost unrecognizable. Season 7 was still cute, but it also had almost entirely new writers who had no idea how to write this show.

I'll be thrilled to eventually get every episode of this series, but most of Season 6 way outshines both 5 and 7 in terms of ensemble work and writing, and it's freakin off-the-hook funny! The first dozen episodes were particularly fantastic. Now if only the same could be said of the box art! I highly recommend this season.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Merritt Andrews on April 14, 2012
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Having just received this last week and viewed only half of the episodes, I am still amazed that, in the 6th Season, the cast could change a bit and still remain as funny as ever! I just watched the "Under The Bed" episode, it's my new favorite. In these days of stress and worry, I can always put in one of these DVDs and forget, for a while, the mess our country and workplace is in. I thought the Sixth Season may not be as funny and entertaining without Delta Burke and Jean Smart, I do love their comedy, but the writing is just as hilarious and crisp as ever and delivered with perfect timing by the whole cast.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chelle on May 14, 2012
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DW is my all-time favorite show, but I believe it should have ended when Delta Burke and Jean Smart left. I remember not liking the last two seasons when they originally aired, but I was still a kid then. After not seeing the final two seasons since, I was hoping that as an adult, I would be able to judge them on their own merits and appreciate them apart from the show's glory days. Unfortunately, my opinion has not changed. I give season 6 two stars because there are a few funny or touching moments here and there, but mostly, it's painful to watch. Without Burke and Smart, the chemistry that was so important to the series totally vanished. To me, even Dixie Carter and Annie Potts seem off. Most of the episodes I don't find funny at all. The character of Carlene is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Charlene was simple and naive, but she was never stupid. Carlene is just plain annoying and dumb. There is nothing funny about this idiotic character. As for Allison, Julia Duffy's talent shines through the hateful character she was given to play, and maybe she could have pulled it off if Allison had not been made a partner in the business. One has to completely suspend disbelief to accept that Julia would put up with Allison for more than 5 minutes even if she was a long lost cousin. Suzanne was thoughtless and catty, but her love for the others, especially Julia and as much as Suzanne would hate to admit it, Anthony, redeems her flaws. Allison is shrew and too abrasive to fit in. Buy this if you want to complete your DW collection, but don't buy it if you are expecting the same quality of the previous seasons.
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