WOMEN OF THE HOUSE (TV series)

1/4/1995 - 2/8/1995. CBS. 1 hour pilot; 1/2 hour episodes.
1 season, 7 episodes.
Comedy.
Code: WOH 1/1995

EPISODES

SERIES PLOT

Suzanne Sugarbaker goes to Washington to fill the remainder of her dead husband's Congressional term of office.

REGULAR CAST

Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker
Teri Garr as Sissy Emerson
Patricia Heaton as Natalie Hollingsworth
Valerie Mahaffrey (episodes 1-4) as Jennifer Malone
Julie Haggerty (episodes 5-7) as Jennifer Malone
Jonathan Banks as Jim Sugarbaker (Special guest star)
Brittany Parkyn as Desiree Sugarbaker

CHARACTER

Jim Sugarbaker is Suzanne's retarded brother. He has a good sense of humor, pays attention to detail, is an affectionate brother.

COMMENTS

I was able to see the filming of the first episode (during a heat wave) and was very impressed with JB’s professionalism in the face of an extremely long, hot evening, with lots of repetition. He never blew a line or missed his mark, even when his colleagues did. And he came over and said hi, too. (MG)

CRITICS

(It’s worth noting that reviewers that liked Delta Burke liked the show; those that disliked her disliked the show. The reviews tended to be of Delta, not the substance or presentation of this show.)

"…should be good, but isn’t." Chicago Tribune, 1/4/1995, p. C3.

"Some sharp, incisive Washington insights…" Hollywood Reporter, 1/4/1995.

"… the show spews stereotypes…" Los Angeles Times, 1/4/1995.

"…the condescending plot device of Suzanne’s retarded brother (Jonathan Banks) who gapes in wonder—and who wouldn’t—when she brazenly lip-syncs to Dreamgirls…" USA Today, 1/4/1995.

"Jonathan Banks adds a dimension of male daffiness as Suzanne’s retarded brother, a shameless but mostly effective echo of Forrest Gump." Variety, 1/4/1995.

"What turns a bad show ugly is the inclusion of a Forrest Gumpy character played by Jonathan Banks: the simple-minded brother of Sugarbaker, whom she insists on referring to as ‘mentally retarded,’ a term she proudly labels ‘politically incorrect.’ No, it’s just boorishly insensitive." Washington Post, 1/4/1995.

"…a spectacular supporting cast." Toronto Star, 1/5/1995, p.E10.

LINES

See episodes.

SCREEN TIME

Episodes 1 and 2 only. Episode 1, about 9 minutes; episode 2, about 1 minute.

WORKED WITH

Delta Burke: (MSMH 4/1983; DWO 0/1987; MEL 8/1997)
Julie Haggerty (AIR 7/1980)