Episode 221: “Designing Women and First Wave Feminism | 90’s TV Babies”

Is “Reservations for Eight” your favorite or LEAST favorite episode of “Designing Women”? How can a simple television comedy cause us to dive into a deep discussion of First Wave Feminism? Yes, it’s time for the 90’s TV Babies to weigh in on Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s Designing Women.
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The Conversation

  • Can Serita, Sergio and Megan agree what makes the best Thanksgiving sides?
  • Did Designing Women help invent First Wave Feminism?
  • Was Anthony straight? Gay? Gay coded? Or just Southern?
  • A 90’s TV Babies drinking game?? It’s on. Let’s go!
  • Shipping Anthony and… Julia? Okaaaaaaaay…
  • Did Sheryl Lee Ralph confront Harry Thomason at a political event for the Clintons – and end up with a role on the show?
  • Cos-playing Mary Jo? Megan’s considering it…
  • SERITA ON DELTA: How discussions of body image issues have – and haven’t -- changed over the past 30 years.
  • Sharon and Megan could NOT be further apart when it comes to their feelings for “Reservations for Eight” (S2, EP22)
  • THE LEVEL OF DISCOURSE: What the show got right in its political discussions and comedy – and what hasn’t aged as well.

So join Susan and Sharon – and Megan and Sergio and Serita – as they talk sweet potato mash, big Texas hair, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Beyoncé – and “the 11:00 o’clock rant”!

Our Audio-ography

Watch Designing Women on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Pluto!

Read the 2016 MTV News article on "Confirmation" and The Strange Case of Clarence and Anita.

Watch Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas on Lifetime.

Listen to Serita's podcast: Not Ugly Pod. A weekly podcast challenging traditional colonial beauty standards one conversation at a time. 

Also on Apple Podcasts and Goodpods.


Send us a message on our 8TL website:

  • What modern day show talks to current events in ways similar to Designing Women? When the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were taking place, did any scripted show – comedy or drama – do an episode highlighting their characters' reactions?
  • And let us know: Do you watch holiday movies? Where do you watch them? What are your favorites?
  • What are your favorite episodes of Designing Women? And what do you prefer: mashed potatoes or rice pilaf?

Have a beautiful Holiday season!

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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 221: “Designing Women and First Wave Feminism | 90’s TV Babies”. Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guests: Serita Fontanesi, Sergio Perez and Megan Ruble.  Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2023 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.