Our reviews of Designing Women: The Complete First Season (published May 26th, 2009), Designing Women: The Complete Second Season (published September 2nd, 2009), Designing Women: The Complete Third Season (published March 10th, 2010), Designing Women: The Complete Fourth Season (published September 14th, 2010), Designing Women: The Complete Fifth Season (published December 14th, 2011), Designing Women: The Complete Sixth Season (published April 11th, 2012), and Designing Women: The Final Season (published August 12th, 2012) are also available.
They're sassy, they're classy, and they're always in fashion!
Designing Women was a CBS sitcom that aired from 1986 to 1993 featuring four Southern belles who ran a design studio, Sugarbaker & Associates, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The episodes focus on the life of four women: Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts, Toy Story), Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter, Different Strokes), Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke, What Women Want), her beauty-queen sister, and Charlene Stillfield (Jean Smart, Sweet Home Alabama). Anthony Bouvier (Meshach Taylor) is added to the estrogen-laden mix as an ex-con who works for the women delivering furniture. The Best of Designing Women is a presentation of five episodes from the show's 7-year run.
"Killing All the Right People"
"Reservations for Eight"
"Big Hass and Little Falsie"
"They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?"
While I am not offended by sex, I really wasn't amused by five episodes of women sitting around making crude jokes about sex. (For future reference, keep the humor out of the gynecologist's office. Please.) The show did have some redeeming qualities though: it did a rather nice job dealing with sensitive women's issues like obesity, and breast size, while bringing up some pertinent social issues as well.
The DVD transfer overall was fairy clean. The main complaints I have focus on the noticeable set lighting, but that was only present in the first episode. The sound wasn't anything outstanding. The soundtrack was as bland, as were most of the sitcoms from the late '80s, with very little music. The only extras on the DVD were trailers.
Overall, the DVD didn't really appeal to me, and I would be hard pressed to recommend it to anyone who didn't like Designing Women. In fact, since I wasn't familiar with this show until the DVD showed up on my doorstep, I don't know if I would even recommend it to someone who liked the show. It comes down to this: if you did like Designing Women to begin with, avoid this DVD at all costs.
The Best of Designing Women is pronounced guilty as charged, and will be sentenced to wear those huge glasses, look at that big hair and the bad make-up, and listen to some of their lame jokes for, oh, at least the next 7 years.
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