List of Designing Women episodes

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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 overview[edit]

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

Season Episodes Premiered: Ended: DVD set
release date
1 22 1986.09.29 1987.05.11 2009.05.26
2 22 1987.09.14 1988.03.28 2009.08.11
3 22 1988.11.14 1989.05.22 2010.03.02
4 28 1989.09.18 1990.05.21 2010.09.14
5 24 1990.09.17 1991.05.13 2011.12.06
6 23 1991.09.16 1992.05.04 2012.04.03
7 22 1992.09.25 1993.05.24 2012.07.17
Reunion 1 2003.07.28 --

Full episode list[edit]

Season 1 (1986–87)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Designing Women" Ellen Falcon Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
2 2 "The Beauty Contest" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 6, 1986 (1986-10-06)
3 3 "A Big Affair" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 20, 1986 (1986-10-20)
4 4 "Julia's Son" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 27, 1986 (1986-10-27)
5 5 "Mary Jo's First Date" Jack Shea Cheryl Gard November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03)
6 6 "Design House" Jack Shea Joan Brooker & Nancy Eddo November 17, 1986 (1986-11-17)
7 7 "Perky's Visit" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 24, 1986 (1986-11-24)
8 8 "I Do, I Don't" Jack Shea Emily Marshall December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04)
9 9 "The IT Men" Jack Shea Emily Marshall December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04)
10 10 "The Slumber Party" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 18, 1986 (1986-12-18)
11 11 "New Year's Daze" David Steinberg Trish Vrandenburg January 1, 1987 (1987-01-01)
12/13 12/13 "Old Spouses Never Die" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01)
14 14 "Monette" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 8, 1987 (1987-02-08)
15 15 "And Justice for Paul" Jack Shea Trish Vrandenburg February 15, 1987 (1987-02-15)
16 16 "Reese's Friend" Arlene Sanford Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 22, 1987 (1987-02-22)
17 17 "Nashville Bound" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 16, 1987 (1987-03-16)
18 18 "Oh, Suzannah" Matthew Diamond Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 23, 1987 (1987-03-23)
19 19 "Mary Jo's Dad Dates Charlene" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason April 6, 1987 (1987-04-06)
20 20 "Seams from a Marriage" Jack Shea E. Jack Kaplan April 13, 1987 (1987-04-13)
21 21 "Grand Slam, Thank You Ma'am" Barnet Kellman Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 4, 1987 (1987-05-04)
22 22 "Bachelor Suite" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11)


Season 2 (1987–88)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
23 1 "101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 14, 1987 (1987-09-14)
24 2 "Ted Remarries" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21)
25 3 "Anthony Jr." David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28)
26 4 "Killing All the Right People" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05)
27 5 "Half an Air Bubble Off" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 19, 1987 (1987-10-19)
28 6 "Dash Goff, the Writer" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26)
29 7 "Heart Attacks" Matthew Diamond Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09)
30 8 "Cruising" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 16, 1987 (1987-11-16)
31 9 "I'll Be Seeing You" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 23, 1987 (1987-11-23)
32 10 "Stranded" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 7, 1987 (1987-12-07)
33 11 "Howard the Date" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 14, 1987 (1987-12-14)
34 12 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 21, 1987 (1987-12-21)
35 13 "Great Expectations" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 4, 1988 (1988-01-04)
36 14 "Second Time Around" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 11, 1988 (1988-01-11)
37 15 "Oh, Brother" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 18, 1988 (1988-01-18)
38 16 "There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner" Jack Shea Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 25, 1988 (1988-01-25)
39 17 "The Return of Ray Don" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 1, 1988 (1988-02-01)
40 18 "High Rollers" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 8, 1988 (1988-02-08)
41 19 "The Incredibly Elite Bona Fide Blue-Blood Beaumont Driving Club" Matthew Diamond Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15)
42 20 "How Great Thou Art" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 22, 1988 (1988-02-22)
43 21 "Ted-Bare" Hal Holbrook Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21)
44 22 "Reservations for Eight" Hal Holbrook Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 28, 1988 (1988-03-28)


Season 3 (1988–89)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
45 1 "Reservations for 12, Plus Ursula" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14)
46 2 "The Candidate" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)
47 3 "E.P., Phone Home" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 28, 1988 (1988-11-28)
48 4 "Getting Married and Eating Dirt" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 5, 1988 (1988-12-05)
49 5 "Big Haas and Little Falsie" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 12, 1988 (1988-12-12)
50 6 "Hard Hats and Lovers" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
51 7 "But They're Really Great Curtains" David Trainer Pam Norris January 2, 1989 (1989-01-02)
52 8 "The Wilderness Experience" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09)
53 9 "Tyrone" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 16, 1989 (1989-01-16)
54 10 "Mr. Bailey" David Trainer Pam Norris January 23, 1989 (1989-01-23)
55 11 "The Naked Truth" Iris Dugow Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 13, 1989 (1989-02-13)
56 12 "The Junies" David Trainer Pam Norris February 20, 1989 (1989-02-20)
57 13 "One Sees, the Other Doesn't" Ron Troutman Pam Norris February 27, 1989 (1989-02-27)
58 14 "Odell" Dwayne Hickman Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl March 6, 1989 (1989-03-06)
59 15 "Full Moon" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 13, 1989 (1989-03-13)
60 16 "Ms. Meal Ticket" Hal Holbrook Linda Bloodworth-Thomason March 20, 1989 (1989-03-20)
61 17 "The Engagement" David Trainer Pam Norris March 27, 1989 (1989-03-27)
62 18 "Come on and Marry Me, Bill" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason April 10, 1989 (1989-04-10)
63 19 "The Women of Atlanta" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01)
64 20 "Stand and Fight" David Trainer Pam Norris May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08)
65 21 "The Last Humorously-Dressed Bellboy in America" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 15, 1989 (1989-05-15)
66 22 "Julia Drives Over the First Amendment" David Trainer Pam Norris May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)


Season 4 (1989–90)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
67 1 "The Proxy Pig and Great Pretenders" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 18, 1989 (1989-09-18)
68 2 "One Night with You" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 25, 1989 (1989-09-25)
69 3 "There She Is" David Trainer Pam Norris October 2, 1989 (1989-10-02)
70 4 "Nightmare from Hee Haw" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 16, 1989 (1989-10-16)
71 5 "The Girlfriend" David Trainer Pam Norris October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23)
72 6 "The Rowdy Girls" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason October 30, 1989 (1989-10-30)
73 7 "Bernice's Sanity Hearing" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 13, 1989 (1989-11-13)
74 8 "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence" David Trainer Pam Norris November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20)
75 9 "Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure" Dwayne Hickman Pam Norris November 27, 1989 (1989-11-27)
76 10 "Manhunt" David Trainer Pam Norris December 4, 1989 (1989-12-04)
77 11 "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 11, 1989 (1989-12-11)
78 12 "You Got to Have Friends" David Trainer Pam Norris December 18, 1989 (1989-12-18)
79/80 13/14 "The First Day of the Last Decade of the Entire Twentieth Century" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 1, 1990 (1990-01-01)
81 15 "The Mistress" Iris Dugow Linda Bloodworth-Thomason January 8, 1990 (1990-01-08)
82 16 "The Fur Flies" Hal Holbrook Pam Norris January 15, 1990 (1990-01-15)
83 17 "Oh, What a Feeling" David Trainer Paul Clay January 29, 1990 (1990-01-29)
84 18 "Anthony and Vanessa" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 5, 1990 (1990-02-05)
85 19 "Payne Grows Up" David Trainer Pam Norris February 19, 1990 (1990-02-19)
86 20 "Tornado Watch" William Crain Linda Bloodworth-Thomason February 26, 1990 (1990-02-26)
87 21 "Tough Enough" David Trainer Pam Norris March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20)
88 22 "It's a Wonderful Life" David Trainer Thom Bray and Michael Ross March 19, 1990 (1990-03-19)
89 23 "Suzanne Goes Looking for a Friend" David Trainer Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown April 9, 1990 (1990-04-09)
90 24 "Foreign Affairs" David Trainer Cheryl Bascom April 30, 1990 (1990-04-30)
91 25 "Have Faith" David Trainer Paul Clay and Pam Norris May 7, 1990 (1990-05-07)
92 26 "Their Finest Hour" Ellen Falcon, Harry Thomason and David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 9, 1990 (1990-05-09)
93 27 "Anthony's Graduation" David Trainer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 14, 1990 (1990-05-14)
94 28 "La Place sans Souci" Iris Dugow Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 21, 1990 (1990-05-21)


Season 5 (1990–91)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
95 1 "A Blast from the Past" David Trainer Pam Norris September 17, 1990 (1990-09-17)
96 2 "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" David Trainer Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24)
97 3 "Working Mother" David Trainer Pam Norris October 1, 1990 (1990-10-01)
98 4 "Miss Trial" David Trainer Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown October 15, 1990 (1990-10-15)
99 5 "The Bachelor Auction" David Trainer Pam Norris October 22, 1990 (1990-10-22)
100 6 "Charlene Buys a House" David Trainer Pam Norris October 29, 1990 (1990-10-29)
101 7 "Old Rebels and Young Models" Iris Dugow Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown November 5, 1990 (1990-11-05)
102 8 "Nowhere to Run To" David Trainer Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl November 12, 1990 (1990-11-12)
103 9 "A Class Act" Dwayne Hickman Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl November 19, 1990 (1990-11-19)
104 10 "Keep the Homes Fires Burning" David Trainer Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown November 26, 1990 (1990-11-26)
105 11 "My Daughter, Myself" David Trainer Pam Norris December 10, 1990 (1990-12-10)
106 12 "And Now, Here's Bernice" David Trainer Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown December 17, 1990 (1990-12-17)
107 13 "Pearls of Wisdom" David Trainer Pam Norris January 7, 1991 (1991-01-07)
108 14 "High Noon in a Laundry Room" David Trainer Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown January 14, 1991 (1991-01-14)
109 15 "How Long Has This Been Going On?" David Trainer Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl January 28, 1991 (1991-01-28)
110 16 "The Emperor's New Nose" David Trainer Thom Bray and Michael Ross February 4, 1991 (1991-02-04)
111 17 "Maybe Baby" David Trainer Pam Norris February 11, 1991 (1991-02-11)
112 18 "This Is Art?" Roberta Sherry Scelza Steven Roth & Deanne Roth February 25, 1991 (1991-02-25)
113 19 "Blame It on New Orleans" David Trainer Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown March 4, 1991 (1991-03-04)
114 20 "I'll See You in Court" David Trainer Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl March 18, 1991 (1991-03-18)
115 21 "The Big Circle" David Trainer Pam Norris April 8, 1991 (1991-04-08)
116 22 "Friends and Husbands" David Trainer Cassandra Clark & Debbie Pearl April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29)
117 23 "Fore!" David Trainer Pam Norris May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)
118 24 "The Pride of Sugarbakers" Iris Dugow Thom Bray and Michael A. Ross May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)


Season 6 (1991–92)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
119/120 1/2 "The Big Desk" Harry Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)
121 3 "A Toe in the Water" David Steinberg Pam Norris September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23)
122 4 "Dwayne's World" David Steinberg Paul Clay and Pam Norris September 30, 1991 (1991-09-30)
123 5 "Marriage Most Foul" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown October 7, 1991 (1991-10-07)
124 6 "Picking a Winner" Asaad Kelada Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown October 14, 1991 (1991-10-14)
125 7 "Last Tango in Atlanta" Charles Frank Thom Bray and Michael Ross October 21, 1991 (1991-10-21)
126 8 "The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita" David Steinberg Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04)
127 9 "Just Say Doe" David Steinberg Andrea Carla Michaels November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11)
128 10 "Julia and Rusty, Sittin' in a Tree" David Steinberg Thom Bray and Michael A. Ross November 18, 1991 (1991-11-18)
129 11 "Julia and Mary Jo Get Stuck Under a Bed" David Steinberg Linda Bloodworth-Thomason December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01)
130 12 "Real, Scary Men" David Steinberg Cathryn Michon December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09)
131 13 "Tales Out of School" David Steinberg Paul Clay and Pam Norris December 16, 1991 (1991-12-16)
132 14 "Driving My Mama Back Home" William Cosentino Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown January 6, 1992 (1992-01-06)
133 15 "Payne Comes Home" Paul Clay Eleanor S. Hyde-White January 13, 1992 (1992-01-13)
134 16 "Carlene's New Apartment" David Steinberg Paul Clay January 20, 1992 (1992-01-20)
135 17 "Mamed" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown February 3, 1992 (1992-02-03)
136 18 "A Scene from a Mall" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown February 10, 1992 (1992-02-10)
137 19 "All About Odes to Atlanta" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown March 2, 1992 (1992-03-02)
138 20 "I Enjoy Being a Girl" David Steinberg Norma Safford Vela March 9, 1992 (1992-03-09)
139 21 "L.A. Story" Roberta Sherry Scelza Paul Clay March 23, 1992 (1992-03-23)
140 22 "A Little Night Music" David Steinberg Linda Bloodworth-Thomason April 27, 1992 (1992-04-27)
141 23 "Shades of Vanessa" Art Dielhenn Linda Bloodworth-Thomason May 4, 1992 (1992-05-04)


Season 7 (1992–93)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
142 1 "Of Human Bondage" David Steinberg Linda Bloodworth-Thomason September 25, 1992 (1992-09-25)
143 2 "Sex and the Single Woman" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown October 2, 1992 (1992-10-02)
144 3 "Mary Jo vs. the Terminator" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown October 16, 1992 (1992-10-16)
145 4 "On the Road Again" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown October 23, 1992 (1992-10-23)
146 5 "Screaming Passages" David Steinberg Norma Safford Vela October 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)
147 6 "Viva Las Vegas" Charles Frank Linda Bloodworth-Thomason November 6, 1992 (1992-11-06)
148 7 "Fools Rush In" David Steinberg Linda Jean LaBrown November 13, 1992 (1992-11-13)
149 8 "Love Letters" David Steinberg Norma Safford Vela November 20, 1992 (1992-11-20)
150 9 "The Vision Thing" David Steinberg Norma Safford Vela December 4, 1992 (1992-12-04)
151 10 "Trial and Error" David Steinberg Danny Margosis & Robert Horn December 11, 1992 (1992-12-11)
152 11 "Too Dumb to Date" David Steinberg Jeannie Elias January 8, 1993 (1993-01-08)
153 12 "The Odyssey" David Steinberg Dee LaDuke & Mark Alton Brown January 15, 1993 (1993-01-15)
154 13 "Oh Dog, Poor Dog" David Steinberg Cathryn Michon January 22, 1993 (1993-01-22)
155 14 "Wedding Redux" David Steinberg Mimi Pond February 5, 1993 (1993-02-05)
156 15 "Nude Julia, New York Morning" David Steinberg Emily Levine February 12, 1993 (1993-02-12)
157 16 "Sex, Lies and Bad Hair Days" David Steinberg Danny Margosis & Robert Horn March 5, 1993 (1993-03-05)
158 17 "Shovel Off to Buffalo" David Steinberg Emily Levine March 12, 1993 (1993-03-12)
159 18 "It's Not So Easy Being Green" David Steinberg Emily Levine April 2, 1993 (1993-04-02)
160 19 "The Woman Who Came to Sugarbakers" David Steinberg Emily Levine April 30, 1993 (1993-04-30)
161 20 "The Lying Game" David Steinberg Danny Margosis & Robert Horn May 7, 1993 (1993-05-07)
162/163 21/22 "Gone with a Whim" David Steinberg Danny Margosis & Robert Horn and David Steinberg May 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)

Reunion shows[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
"The Designing Women Reunion" Harry Thomason Allen Crowe,
Pamela Norris
July 28, 2003

Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart 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, Hal Holbrook, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

References[edit]

  1. ^ Designing Women at TVShowsOnDVD.com

External links[edit]