Delta (TV series)

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Created by Miriam Trogdon
Directed by Andy Cadiff
James Widdoes
Starring Delta Burke
Bill Engvall
Beth Grant
Earl Holliman
Gigi Rice
Nancy Giles
Opening theme "Climb That Mountain High" by Reba McEntire
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Barry Kemp
Delta Burke
Producer(s) Jay Kleckner
Lisa Albert
Location(s) Universal Studios
Universal City, California
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Perseverance Inc.
Bungalow 78 Productions
Universal Television
Distributor Universal Television
Original network ABC
Original release September 15, 1992 – August 25, 1993

Delta is an American sitcom starring Delta Burke which aired on ABC from September 15, 1992 to August 25, 1993. The series 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, Delta 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. In Nashville, Delta 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 Delta believes that if she could sing her songs there, it could jumpstart her career.

Burke, most popular for her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in 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 for the show 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 Cadiff Miriam Trogdon September 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 Cadiff Lisa Albert September 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 Cadiff Miriam Trogdon September 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 Cadiff October 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 Cadiff October 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 Cadiff Miriam Trogdon, Mark Ganzel, Ken Estin October 15, 1992 (1992-10-15)
Delta and Connie compete against Buck and Deke in a basketball game.
7 "The Bad Word" Andy Cadiff Eric Horsted October 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 back-up singer.
8 "First Time Again" Andy Cadiff Ken Estin October 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 Cadiff Cassandra Clark, Deborah Pearl November 12, 1992 (1992-11-12)
Darden wants to buy a cabin and Delta wants a credit card, so the two pretend to be married.
10 "Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E" Andy Cadiff Miriam Trogdon December 3, 1992 (1992-12-03)
Delta's ex-husband 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 Cadiff Ken Estin December 17, 1992 (1992-12-17)
When Darden's daughter Talia visits for Christmas, Delta realizes that the young woman's perfect image is only a façade.
12 "The Agent" James Widdoes Mark Ganzel April 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 Widdoes Mark Ganzel, Robin Schiff April 13, 1993 (1993-04-13)
Delta's mother visits for a week and pressures her daughter into sharing an apartment.
14 "Amateur Night" James Widdoes April 20, 1993 (1993-04-20)
Delta competes with Sandy's secretary Tess at the amateur-night contest.
15 "Red Hot Mama" James Widdoes April 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 Cadiff Ian Gurvitz July 28, 1993 (1993-07-28)
Delta upsets Thelma and Lavonne's plans to see Tanya Tucker's concert in Washington, DC and insists on a detour to visit Patsy Cline's grave site.
17 "Delta's Little Dilemma" James Widdoes Brad Johnson, Robin Schiff August 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 series premiered September 15, 1992, to healthy ratings following Roseanne. The series then moved to Thursday nights opposite FOX's The Simpsons, and ratings began to sink. The show 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 re-filming the show's opening title sequence to correspond with the change in hair color), in the sake of familiarity, but it did little to save the series.

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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