This is Not a Drill: ‘Designing Women’ is Coming to Hulu!

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Hulu is putting a little south in your mouth next month. 

The popular streaming service announced on Friday, July 26, that they will be adding the entire series run of Designing Women

In a deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), Hulu revealed that it has acquired the rights to the legendary comedies series that will begin streaming on August 26…which is also Women’s Equality Day! 

The iconic, trailblazing comedy which ran on CBS from 1986-1993, follows outspoken owner Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), as she runs a design firm out of her Atlanta home along with her self-absorbed, ex-beauty queen sister, Suzanne (Delta Burke), divorced sassy mother Mary Jo (Annie Potts), and naive country girl Charlene (Jean Smart).

The feminist, feisty, females discuss everything going on in their lives, from sex and love to politics and religion, all in the confines of their Victorian Georgian office. Ex-con handyman and token male of the series, Anthony Bouvier (Meshach Taylor), offers his help not only at the firm, but also offers his opinions on all of the ladies personal matters. 

Designing Women was also a trailblazing series for the LGBTQ community during a time where it was very taboo to support us. The October 1987 episode “Killing All The Right People” featured actor Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Ghost) as Kendall Dobbs, a young man dying of AIDS who asks the women to design his funeral.

The main characters choose to support Kendall during his last days amid an acquaintance of the women named Imogene Salinger (Camila Carr) trashing him for his lifestyle. “As far as I’m concerned, this disease has one thing going for it: it’s killing all the right people,” she said. 

“Imogene, get serious!,” Julia responded. “Who do you think you’re talking to?! I’ve known you for 27 years, and all I can say is, if God was giving out sexually transmitted diseases to people as a punishment for sinning, then you would be at the free clinic all the time! And so would the rest of us!” 

That episode earned two Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and  Outstanding Editing for a Series – Multi-Camera Production. Designing Women also earned a slew of other nominations at the Golden Globes and took home a GLAAD Award in 1991.

Superfans can catch the entire series (163 episodes across 7 Seasons) starting August 26 to relive the 80’s hit following the women’s no-nonsense wit, humor and day-to-day antics! 

Let’s also not forget this doozy, otherwise known as one of the most iconic moments on Designing Women ever. 


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