Everyone seems to have an opinion about the South. Unfortunately, Southerners are most apt to be played as ignorant, or at least naive, rednecks and hillbillies. Designing Women, however, gave the world a realistic and positive portrayal of the new South. The hard-working foursome of Julia, Suzanne, Mary Beth, and Charlene, along with Anthony, were the very models of Southern Charm, biting wit, steel resilience, resourceful intelligence, and gracious hospitality. The show itself was incredibly funny, but still managed to tackle some tough issues such as AIDS, world hunger, and racial prejudice. This show made a definite statement during its long run. Always superbly written, well-acted,and tastefully done, it will forever remain a classic and ground-breaking series.