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
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Barry Kemp
Delta Burke
Producer(s) Jay Kleckner
Lisa Albert
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Perseverance Inc.
Bungalow 78 Productions
Universal Television
Distributor Universal Television
Original channel ABC
Original release September 15, 1992 – August 25, 1993

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


Burke plays Delta Bishop, a woman who leaves her family and friends behind to pursue her dream as a country-western singer in Nashville while waiting tables at a local bar. 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 Reba McEntire's "Climb That Mountain High" which was not a charted Reba single; the tune appears on her 1990 MCA album Rumor Has It.



Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Climb That Mountain" September 15, 1992
2 "Delta Doesn't Get Discovered" September 17, 1992
3 "Sweet Dreams" September 24, 1992
4 "Shall We Dance?" October 1, 1992
5 "How Much Is That Darden in the Window?" October 8, 1992
6 "White Women Can't Jump Either" October 15, 1992
7 "The Bad Word" October 22, 1992
8 "First Time Again" October 29, 1992
9 "The Cabin and the Credit Card" November 12, 1992
10 "Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E" December 3, 1992
11 "A Christmas Tale" December 17, 1992
12 "The Agent" April 6, 1993
13 "Mom Comes to Town" April 13, 1993
14 "Amateur Night" April 20, 1993
15 "Red Hot Mama" April 27, 1993
16 "Roadtrip" July 28, 1993
17 "Delta's Little Dilemma" August 25, 1993

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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