Washington...you need an attitude adjustment! Women of the House takes Delta Burke's Suzanne Sugarbaker from the interior design firm of Designing Women and places her in an even more contentious setting: the U.S. House of Representatives. In this star-studded CBS spin-off, Sugarbaker - the former Miss World Georgia - takes over her most recent husband's Congressional seat after he dies in office, and proceeds to hilariously rock the boat.
Delta Burke's brassy Suzanne finds Washington not quite ready for her brand of politics, though she does form an unusual bond with then-current President Bill Clinton. Suzanne also brings her mentally-challenged brother Jim (Better Call Saul's Jonathan Banks) and her young adopted daughter, Desiree (Brittany Parkyn), insuring that smooth-sailing is not on the docket.
Teri Garr also stars as Suzanne's press secretary Sissy Emerson, a down-and-out reporter doing her best to clean up her drinking act. Everybody Loves Raymond's Patricia Heaton portrays Natty Hollingsworth, Suzanne's snotty, uber-Conservative, pain-in-the-behind administrative assistant whose Congressman boyfriend is in prison. And then there's Jennifer Malone (Valerie Mahaffey, Julie Hagerty), a vivacious, naive, frail housewife whose husband has recently left her to handle her tyrannical kids alone.
In fall 2010, there was word that the short-lived Designing Women
spin-off, Women of the House
(continuing Delta Burke's role as "Suzanne Sugarbaker," but in a new setting) would make its way to DVD, but by spring 2011 we learned that things had fallen through with the studio which intended to release it. For almost seven years now fans of the show have been kept in limbo.
But surprise! This past Tuesday, February 6th
, Women of the House - Complete 12 Episode Series
was released on DVD by Questar Entertainment. That name may not ring a bell with everybody, but they've been around the home entertainment scene for a long time. On the TV-DVD front, they distributed titles for Make Room for Daddy
and The Joey Bishop Show
back in 2004, on behalf of SFM Entertainment. Now they've put out this "2 pack" (does that mean two-disc set? we think so, but we're not certain) for $24.99 SRP.
The show ran for 13 episodes, but the first two were actually a double-length premiere episode, so the "12-episode" count in the title tracks okay from that point of view. Our thanks to one of our readers, "Peter," for the heads-up! Here's the package art, and a button link to Amazon's listing (currently out of stock, but check back!):