Designing Women

Season 2 Episode 4

Killing All the Right People

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 05, 1987 on CBS

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  • Kendall Dobbs, a gay man with AIDS, asks the Sugarbaker firm to design his funeral. Meanwhile the local schoolboard is debating whether or not to teach comprehensive sex education.

    The AIDS-HIV pandemic began to get reported on in the early 1980s, with most of the initial victims being unpopular segments of society; i.e. gay and bisexual men, drug addicts and Haitian immigrants.

    As a result, people with AIDS-HIV did not always receive the care and compassion they deserved as human beings and many socially conservative people strongly opposed effective methods to stop the spread of the disease; i.e. teaching comprehensive sex education. Sadly, 'liberal Hollywood' was not immune to the tenor of the times. Few network television shows or films during the 1980s dealt with the pandemic at all, let alone as a major storyline. Hence, the fact that this great episode was aired is amazing. Around the same time, efforts to address the issue on Star Trek: The Next Generation failed because people were worried about facing the hatred, hysteria and prejudice.

    "Killing All The Right People" is a wonderful episode. It strongly confronts the ignorance about the AIDS/HIV pandemic and makes a noble plea for greater compassion as well as comprehensive sex education.
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