List of Designing Women episodes

The following is an episode list for the CBS sitcom Designing Women. The series began airing on September 29, 1986 and the final episode aired on May 24, 1993. During its seven-year run, 163 Designing Women episodes were produced. In addition, a Designing Women reunion show featuring the cast members aired in 2003.

Series overviewEdit

At present, all seven seasons have been released on DVD by Shout! Factory.[1]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
122September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11)33 [2]16.1 [3]
222September 14, 1987 (1987-09-14)March 28, 1988 (1988-03-28)34 [4]15.5 [5]
322November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14)May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)33 [6]15.0 [7]
428September 18, 1989 (1989-09-18)May 21, 1990 (1990-05-21)2215.3
(Tied with Full House)
524September 17, 1990 (1990-09-17)May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)1016.5
(Tied with The Golden Girls)
623September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)May 4, 1992 (1992-05-04)617.3
722September 25, 1992 (1992-09-25)May 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)67 [8]9.9 [9]
R1July 28, 2003 (2003-07-28)N/AN/A

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1986–87)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Designing Women"Ellen FalconLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
22"The Beauty Contest"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 6, 1986 (1986-10-06)
33"A Big Affair"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 20, 1986 (1986-10-20)
44"Julia's Son"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 27, 1986 (1986-10-27)
55"Mary Jo's First Date"Jack SheaCheryl GardNovember 3, 1986 (1986-11-03)
66"Design House"Jack SheaJoan Brooker & Nancy EddoNovember 17, 1986 (1986-11-17)
77"Perky's Visit"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 24, 1986 (1986-11-24)
88"I Do, I Don't"Jack SheaEmily MarshallDecember 4, 1986 (1986-12-04)
99"The IT Men"Jack SheaEmily MarshallDecember 11, 1986 (1986-12-11)
1010"The Slumber Party"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 18, 1986 (1986-12-18)
1111"New Year's Daze"David SteinbergTrish VrandenburgJanuary 1, 1987 (1987-01-01)
12
13
12
13
"Old Spouses Never Die"Barnet KellmanLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 1, 1987 (1987-02-01)
1414"Monette"Barnet KellmanLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 8, 1987 (1987-02-08)
1515"And Justice for Paul"Jack SheaTrish VrandenburgFebruary 15, 1987 (1987-02-15)
1616"Reese's Friend"Arlene SanfordLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 22, 1987 (1987-02-22)
1717"Nashville Bound"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMarch 16, 1987 (1987-03-16)
1818"Oh, Suzannah"Matthew DiamondLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMarch 23, 1987 (1987-03-23)
1919"Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonApril 6, 1987 (1987-04-06)
2020"Seams from a Marriage"Jack SheaE. Jack KaplanApril 13, 1987 (1987-04-13)
2121"Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am"Barnet KellmanLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 4, 1987 (1987-05-04)
2222"Bachelor Suite"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 11, 1987 (1987-05-11)

Season 2 (1987–88)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 14, 1987 (1987-09-14)
242"Ted Remarries"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 21, 1987 (1987-09-21)
253"Anthony Jr."David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 28, 1987 (1987-09-28)
264"Killing All the Right People"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 5, 1987 (1987-10-05)
275"Half an Air Bubble Off"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 19, 1987 (1987-10-19)
286"Dash Goff, the Writer"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 26, 1987 (1987-10-26)
297"Heart Attacks"Matthew DiamondLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 9, 1987 (1987-11-09)
308"Cruising"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 16, 1987 (1987-11-16)
319"I'll Be Seeing You"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 23, 1987 (1987-11-23)
3210"Stranded"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 7, 1987 (1987-12-07)
3311"Howard the Date"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 14, 1987 (1987-12-14)
3412"I'll Be Home for Christmas"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 21, 1987 (1987-12-21)
3513"Great Expectations"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 4, 1988 (1988-01-04)
3614"Second Time Around"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 11, 1988 (1988-01-11)
3715"Oh, Brother"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 18, 1988 (1988-01-18)
3816"There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner"Jack SheaLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 25, 1988 (1988-01-25)
3917"The Return of Ray Don"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 1, 1988 (1988-02-01)
4018"High Rollers"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 8, 1988 (1988-02-08)
4119"The Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club"Matthew DiamondLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 15, 1988 (1988-02-15)
4220"How Great Thou Art"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 22, 1988 (1988-02-22)
4321"Ted-Bare"Hal HolbrookLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMarch 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
4422"Reservations for Eight"Hal HolbrookLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMarch 28, 1988 (1988-03-28)

Season 3 (1988–89)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
451"Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 14, 1988 (1988-11-14)
462"The Candidate"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)
473"E.P., Phone Home"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 28, 1988 (1988-11-28)
484"Getting Married and Eating Dirt"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 5, 1988 (1988-12-05)
495"Big Haas and Little Falsie"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 12, 1988 (1988-12-12)
506"Hard Hats and Lovers"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
517"Curtains"David TrainerPam NorrisJanuary 2, 1989 (1989-01-02)
528"The Wilderness Experience"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 9, 1989 (1989-01-09)
539"Tyrone"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 16, 1989 (1989-01-16)
5410"Mr. Bailey"David TrainerPam NorrisJanuary 23, 1989 (1989-01-23)
5511"The Naked Truth"Iris DugowLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 13, 1989 (1989-02-13)
5612"The Junies"David TrainerPam NorrisFebruary 20, 1989 (1989-02-20)
5713"One Sees, the Other Doesn't"Ron TroutmanPam NorrisFebruary 27, 1989 (1989-02-27)
5814"Odell"Dwayne HickmanCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlMarch 6, 1989 (1989-03-06)
5915"Full Moon"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMarch 13, 1989 (1989-03-13)
6016"Ms. Meal Ticket"Hal HolbrookLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMarch 20, 1989 (1989-03-20)
6117"The Engagement"David TrainerPam NorrisMarch 27, 1989 (1989-03-27)
6218"Come on and Marry Me, Bill"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonApril 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)
6319"The Women of Atlanta"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)
6420"Stand and Fight"David TrainerPam NorrisMay 8, 1989 (1989-05-08)
6521"The Last Humorously-Dressed Bellboy in America"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 15, 1989 (1989-05-15)
6622"Julia Drives Over the First Amendment"David TrainerPam NorrisMay 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)

Season 4 (1989–90)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
671"The Proxy Pig and Great Pretenders"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 18, 1989 (1989-09-18)
682"One Night with You"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 25, 1989 (1989-09-25)
693"There She Is"David TrainerPam NorrisOctober 2, 1989 (1989-10-02)
704"Nightmare from Hee Haw"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 16, 1989 (1989-10-16)
715"The Girlfriend"David TrainerPam NorrisOctober 23, 1989 (1989-10-23)
726"The Rowdy Girls"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonOctober 30, 1989 (1989-10-30)
737"Bernice's Sanity Hearing"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 13, 1989 (1989-11-13)
748"Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence"David TrainerPam NorrisNovember 20, 1989 (1989-11-20)
759"Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure"Dwayne HickmanPam NorrisNovember 27, 1989 (1989-11-27)
7610"Manhunt"David TrainerPam NorrisDecember 4, 1989 (1989-12-04)
7711"They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 11, 1989 (1989-12-11)
7812"You Got to Have Friends"David TrainerPam NorrisDecember 18, 1989 (1989-12-18)
79
80
13
14
"The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 1, 1990 (1990-01-01)
8115"The Mistress"Iris DugowLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonJanuary 8, 1990 (1990-01-08)
8216"The Fur Flies"Hal HolbrookPam NorrisJanuary 15, 1990 (1990-01-15)
8317"Oh, What a Feeling"David TrainerPaul ClayJanuary 29, 1990 (1990-01-29)
8418"Anthony and Vanessa"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 5, 1990 (1990-02-05)
8519"Payne Grows Up"David TrainerPam NorrisFebruary 19, 1990 (1990-02-19)
8620"Tornado Watch"William CrainLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonFebruary 26, 1990 (1990-02-26)
8721"Tough Enough"David TrainerPam NorrisMarch 12, 1990 (1990-03-12)
8822"It's a Wonderful Life"David TrainerThom Bray and Michael RossMarch 19, 1990 (1990-03-19)
8923"Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend"David TrainerDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownApril 9, 1990 (1990-04-09)
9024"Foreign Affairs"David TrainerCheryl BascomApril 30, 1990 (1990-04-30)
9125"Have Faith"David TrainerPaul Clay and Pam NorrisMay 7, 1990 (1990-05-07)
9226"Their Finest Hour"Ellen Falcon, Harry Thomason and David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 9, 1990 (1990-05-09)
9327"Anthony's Graduation"David TrainerLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 14, 1990 (1990-05-14)
9428"La Place sans Souci"Iris DugowLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 21, 1990 (1990-05-21)

Season 5 (1990–91)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
951"A Blast from the Past"David TrainerPam NorrisSeptember 17, 1990 (1990-09-17)
962"Papa Was a Rolling Stone"David TrainerCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlSeptember 24, 1990 (1990-09-24)
973"Working Mother"David TrainerPam NorrisOctober 1, 1990 (1990-10-01)
984"Miss Trial"David TrainerDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownOctober 15, 1990 (1990-10-15)
995"The Bachelor Auction"David TrainerPam NorrisOctober 22, 1990 (1990-10-22)
1006"Charlene Buys a House"David TrainerPam NorrisOctober 29, 1990 (1990-10-29)
1017"Old Rebels and Young Models"Iris DugowDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownNovember 5, 1990 (1990-11-05)
1028"Nowhere to Run To"David TrainerCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlNovember 12, 1990 (1990-11-12)
1039"A Class Act"Dwayne HickmanCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlNovember 19, 1990 (1990-11-19)
10410"Keep the Homes Fires Burning"David TrainerDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownNovember 26, 1990 (1990-11-26)
10511"My Daughter, Myself"David TrainerPam NorrisDecember 10, 1990 (1990-12-10)
10612"And Now, Here's Bernice"David TrainerDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownDecember 17, 1990 (1990-12-17)
10713"Pearls of Wisdom"David TrainerPam NorrisJanuary 7, 1991 (1991-01-07)
10814"High Noon in a Laundry Room"David TrainerDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownJanuary 14, 1991 (1991-01-14)
10915"How Long Has This Been Going On?"David TrainerCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlJanuary 28, 1991 (1991-01-28)
11016"The Emperor's New Nose"David TrainerThom Bray & Michael RossFebruary 4, 1991 (1991-02-04)
11117"Maybe Baby"David TrainerPam NorrisFebruary 11, 1991 (1991-02-11)
11218"This Is Art?"Roberta Sherry ScelzaSteven Roth & Deanne RothFebruary 25, 1991 (1991-02-25)
11319"Blame It on New Orleans"David TrainerDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownMarch 4, 1991 (1991-03-04)
11420"I'll See You in Court"David TrainerCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlMarch 18, 1991 (1991-03-18)
11521"The Big Circle"David TrainerPam NorrisApril 8, 1991 (1991-04-08)
11622"Friends and Husbands"David TrainerCassandra Clark & Debbie PearlApril 29, 1991 (1991-04-29)
11723"Fore!"David TrainerPam NorrisMay 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)
11824"The Pride of Sugarbakers"Iris DugowThom Bray & Michael A. RossMay 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)

Season 6 (1991–92)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
119
120
1
2
"The Big Desk"Harry ThomasonLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)
1213"A Toe in the Water"David SteinbergPam NorrisSeptember 23, 1991 (1991-09-23)
1224"Dwayne's World"David SteinbergPaul Clay & Pam NorrisSeptember 30, 1991 (1991-09-30)
1235"Marriage Most Foul"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownOctober 7, 1991 (1991-10-07)
1246"Picking a Winner"Asaad KeladaDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownOctober 14, 1991 (1991-10-14)
1257"Last Tango in Atlanta"Charles FrankThom Bray and Michael RossOctober 21, 1991 (1991-10-21)
1268"The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita"David SteinbergLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 4, 1991 (1991-11-04)
1279"Just Say Doe"David SteinbergAndrea Carla MichaelsNovember 11, 1991 (1991-11-11)
12810"Julia and Rusty, Sittin' in a Tree"David SteinbergThom Bray & Michael A. RossNovember 18, 1991 (1991-11-18)
12911"Julia and Mary Jo Get Stuck Under a Bed"David SteinbergLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonDecember 1, 1991 (1991-12-01)
13012"Real, Scary Men"David SteinbergCathryn MichonDecember 9, 1991 (1991-12-09)
13113"Tales Out of School"David SteinbergPaul Clay & Pam NorrisDecember 16, 1991 (1991-12-16)
13214"Driving My Mama Back Home"William CosentinoDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownJanuary 6, 1992 (1992-01-06)
13315"Payne Comes Home"Paul ClayEleanor S. Hyde-WhiteJanuary 13, 1992 (1992-01-13)
13416"Carlene's Apartment"David SteinbergPaul ClayJanuary 20, 1992 (1992-01-20)
13517"Mamed"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownFebruary 3, 1992 (1992-02-03)
13618"A Scene from a Mall"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownFebruary 10, 1992 (1992-02-10)
13719"All About Odes to Atlanta"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownMarch 2, 1992 (1992-03-02)
13820"I Enjoy Being a Girl"David SteinbergNorma Safford VelaMarch 9, 1992 (1992-03-09)
13921"L.A. Story"Roberta Sherry ScelzaPaul ClayMarch 23, 1992 (1992-03-23)
14022"A Little Night Music"David SteinbergLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonApril 27, 1992 (1992-04-27)
14123"Shades of Vanessa"Art DielhennLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonMay 4, 1992 (1992-05-04)

Season 7 (1992–93)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1421"Of Human Bondage"David SteinbergLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonSeptember 25, 1992 (1992-09-25)
1432"Sex and the Single Woman"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownOctober 2, 1992 (1992-10-02)
1443"Mary Jo vs. the Terminator"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownOctober 16, 1992 (1992-10-16)
1454"On the Road Again"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownOctober 23, 1992 (1992-10-23)
1465"Screaming Passages"David SteinbergNorma Safford VelaOctober 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)
1476"Viva Las Vegas"Charles FrankLinda Bloodworth-ThomasonNovember 6, 1992 (1992-11-06)
1487"Fools Rush In"David SteinbergLinda Jean LaBrownNovember 13, 1992 (1992-11-13)
1498"Love Letters"David SteinbergNorma Safford VelaNovember 20, 1992 (1992-11-20)
1509"The Vision Thing"David SteinbergNorma Safford VelaDecember 4, 1992 (1992-12-04)
15110"Trial and Error"David SteinbergDanny Margosis & Robert HornDecember 11, 1992 (1992-12-11)
15211"Too Dumb to Date"David SteinbergJeannie EliasJanuary 8, 1993 (1993-01-08)
15312"The Odyssey"David SteinbergDee LaDuke & Mark Alton BrownJanuary 15, 1993 (1993-01-15)
15413"Oh Dog, Poor Dog"David SteinbergCathryn MichonJanuary 22, 1993 (1993-01-22)
15514"Wedding Redux"David SteinbergMimi PondFebruary 5, 1993 (1993-02-05)
15615"Nude Julia, New York Morning"David SteinbergEmily LevineFebruary 12, 1993 (1993-02-12)
15716"Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days"David SteinbergDanny Margosis & Robert HornMarch 5, 1993 (1993-03-05)
15817"Shovel Off to Buffalo"David SteinbergEmily LevineMarch 12, 1993 (1993-03-12)
15918"It's Not So Easy Being Green"David SteinbergEmily LevineApril 2, 1993 (1993-04-02)
16019"The Woman Who Came to Sugarbakers"David SteinbergEmily LevineApril 30, 1993 (1993-04-30)
16120"The Lying Game"David SteinbergDanny Margosis & Robert HornMay 7, 1993 (1993-05-07)
162
163
21
22
"Gone with a Whim"David SteinbergDanny Margosis & Robert Horn and David SteinbergMay 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)

Reunion specialEdit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"The Designing Women Reunion"Harry ThomasonAllen Crowe & Pam NorrisJuly 28, 2003 (2003-07-28)

Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Delta Burke and Meshach Taylor reunited to share behind-the-scenes memories from their time on the series. Topics included initial casting and favorite episodes. Clips from many episodes are played, as well as new interviews with additional cast members, crew members and others associated with the world of television.

Guest stars: Alice Ghostley, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit