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the WOMEN are finally on DVD

  • Jul 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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For a while,Designing Womencaptured 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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Genre: Television
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003

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