was a popular comedy that ran from 1986 to 1993 on CBS.
The show focused on four Southern Women and one man as
they worked in an Atlanta interior design firm.
Although ratings were decent at first, they began
dropping off after CBS started messing with the show’s
time slot. The show was nearly canceled before a group
of devoted fans petitioned CBS to put new energy into
it, and the show’s rank began to steadily increase. The
main characters were Julia Surgarbaker (Dixie Carter),
Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), Suzanne Surgarbaker
(Delta Burke), Charlene Frazier Stillfield (Jean Smart),
and Anthony Bouvier (Meshach Taylor).
In this series, sisters Julia
(Carter) and Suzanne (Burke) Surgarbaker start an
interior design firm. The differing personalities of
the two sisters cause frequent clashes, as Julia tries
to manage the business and Suzanne plays the role of
principal salesperson. After tossing in the
personalities of designer Mary Jo (Potts), ex-con
Anthony (Taylor), and office manager Charlene (Smart),
you had a pretty funny show. Although many of the
episodes were light hearted, there were a number that
tackles topics like AIDs, abuse, racism, and