Delta (TV series)

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Created byMiriam Trogdon
Directed byAndy Cadiff
James Widdoes
StarringDelta Burke
Bill Engvall
Beth Grant
Earl Holliman
Gigi Rice
Nancy Giles
Opening theme"Climb That Mountain High" by Reba McEntire
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Executive producer(s)Barry Kemp
Delta Burke
Producer(s)Jay Kleckner
Lisa Albert
Production location(s)Universal Studios
Universal City, California
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Perseverance Inc.
Bungalow 78 Productions
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1992 –
August 25, 1993

Delta is an American sitcom starring Delta Burke that aired on ABC from September 15, 1992 to August 25, 1993. It was a new starring vehicle for Burke, as her return to television following her dismissal from the CBS sitcom Designing Women in the spring of 1991.


Burke portrays Delta Bishop, a young woman with dreams of writing and singing country music. She became a hairstylist at Mona's House of Hair, married Charlie Bishop and thought she had found happiness. After eight years of marriage, she became restless: she was eager to follow in the footsteps of her childhood idol, Patsy Cline, and become a country music star. She quits her job, leaves her husband and friends behind, and travels to Nashville, Tennessee. There, she finds an apartment over the garage of a home owned by her cousin, Lavonne Overton (Gigi Rice), and her husband, Buck (Bill Engvall). She also finds a job waiting tables at The Green Lantern, a local bar that hosts an amateur night which she believes that if she could sing her songs there, it could jumpstart her career.

Burke, most popular for her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women, reportedly utilized her own singing talents for the role of Bishop, and dyed her familiar brunette hair blonde to play the role. The theme song was "Climb That Mountain High" by Reba McEntire which was not a charted single; the tune was featured on Reba's 1990 MCA album Rumor Has It.



No. Title Directed by Written by Airdate
1"Climb That Mountain"Andy CadiffMiriam TrogdonSeptember 15, 1992 (1992-09-15)
Delta leaves her husband and moves to Nashville, taking a job waiting tables at The Green Lantern Bar where she signs up for amateur night.
2"Delta Doesn't Get Discovered"Andy CadiffLisa AlbertSeptember 17, 1992 (1992-09-17)
Delta would kill for an audition with a record producer and he believes it when she punctuates her plea with scissors.
3"Sweet Dreams"Andy CadiffMiriam TrogdonSeptember 24, 1992 (1992-09-24)
Although Delta hasn't slept for days, her insomnia wreaks havoc at work and during an audition.
4"Shall We Dance?"Andy CadiffTBAOctober 1, 1992 (1992-10-01)
Delta plans a surprise birthday party for Lavonne, but Buck tries to call it off because he's embarrassed: he admits to Delta that he can't dance.
5"How Much Is That Darden in the Window?"Andy CadiffTBAOctober 8, 1992 (1992-10-08)
Delta urges Darden into participating in a charity bachelor auction with disastrous consequences for both of them.
6"White Women Can't Jump Either"Andy CadiffMiriam Trogdon, Mark Ganzel, Ken EstinOctober 15, 1992 (1992-10-15)
Delta and Connie compete against Buck and Deke in a basketball game.
7"The Bad Word"Andy CadiffEric HorstedOctober 22, 1992 (1992-10-22)
Delta suspects there may be strings attached when country star Jimmy Word (John Schneider) offers her a job as a backup singer.
8"First Time Again"Andy CadiffKen EstinOctober 29, 1992 (1992-10-29)
Delta goes on her first date since leaving her husband with Eugene Dorr, a now successful nerdy ex-classmate who hires Willie Nelson to sing for them.
9"The Cabin and the Credit Card"Andy CadiffCassandra Clark, Deborah PearlNovember 12, 1992 (1992-11-12)
Darden wants to buy a cabin and Delta wants a credit card, so they pretend to be married.
10"Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E"Andy CadiffMiriam TrogdonDecember 3, 1992 (1992-12-03)
Charlie won't sign the divorce papers until she returns the only items she took: her wedding ring and the car.
11"A Christmas Tale"Andy CadiffKen EstinDecember 17, 1992 (1992-12-17)
When Darden's daughter, Taliam, visits for Christmas, Delta realizes that her perfect image is only a façade.
12"The Agent"James WiddoesMark GanzelApril 6, 1993 (1993-04-06)
Desperate for a break, Delta bends the truth to impress L.A. musical agent Sandy Scott to get him into The Green Lantern to hear her sing.
13"Mom Comes to Town"James WiddoesMark Ganzel, Robin SchiffApril 13, 1993 (1993-04-13)
Delta's mother visits for a week and pressures her into sharing an apartment.
14"Amateur Night"James WiddoesTBAApril 20, 1993 (1993-04-20)
Delta competes with Sandy's secretary Tess at the amateur-night contest.
15"Red Hot Mama"James WiddoesTBAApril 27, 1993 (1993-04-27)
Delta has mixed feelings about her mother dating Sandy's boss; Buck is the new chef at The Green Lantern.
16"Roadtrip"Andy CadiffIan GurvitzJuly 28, 1993 (1993-07-28)
Delta upsets Thelma and Lavonne's plans to see Tanya Tucker's concert in Washington, D.C. and insists on a detour to visit Patsy Cline's grave.
17"Delta's Little Dilemma"James WiddoesBrad Johnson, Robin SchiffAugust 25, 1993 (1993-08-25)
Delta falls for Wes, a good-looking guitarist at The Green Lantern; Sandy directs a TV commercial for the bar.

Broadcast history[edit]

The sitcom premiered September 15, 1992, to healthy ratings following Roseanne. It then moved to Thursday nights opposite FOX's The Simpsons, and ratings began to sink. It was pulled from the schedule in December 1992 and returned to ABC the following spring 1993 for six episodes before finally being canceled. In an attempt to infuse ratings, Burke brought her brunette hair back that spring (even refilming the opening credits to correspond with the change in hair color), in the sake of familiarity, but it did little to save it.

Dates Broadcast time (ET)
September 15, 1992 Tuesday 9:30-10:00 pm
September 17, 1992 - December 17, 1992 Thursday 8:00-8:30 pm
April 6, 1993 - April 27, 1993 Tuesday 9:30-10:00 pm
July 28, 1993 - August 25, 1993 Wednesday 9:30-10:00 pm

Award nominations[edit]

Earl Holliman was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 50th Golden Globe Awards in 1992.

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