Sisters Julia and Suzanne are polar opposites. Julia is an elegant, outspoken liberal intellectual; Suzanne is a rich, flashy, often self-centered former beauty queen and Miss Georgia World. They are constantly at personal odds but have launched The Sugarbakers. Julia manages the group while Suzanne is mostly a financial backer who simply hangs around and annoys everyone under the guise of being the group's booker. The pragmatic Mary Jo, a recent divorcee raising two children, and the sweet-natured but somewhat naive Charlene are original members. Anthony, a former prison inmate who was falsely convicted of a robbery, is the only man in the group. Bernice, an absent-minded friend of the Sugarbakers, also appears frequently.