I have a TV series recommendation. And you might hate me for it. But I really can’t help it. I can’t keep this secret.
I’m addicted to Desperate Housewives.
In fact, I finished Season 1 in 3 days.
I’m not usually one to like trashy/soap opera TV.
And I don’t.
But I don’t believe that Desperate Housewives is trashy. Maybe a little bit soap opera, but only in the way that shows like House are.
Sure, it’s not the most thoughtful show on television. But it’s witty as all get-out. The characters are EXTREMELY lovable, the story-lines are intriguing, and there are moments so awkward that it reminds me of the first 5 minutes I ever watched The Office. To top it off, it’s also deeply touching.
Throw in a “Who Done It” murder mystery that carries the entire season, and there you have it. A winning combination.
After devouring Season 1, as I already admitted, I read some of the reviews. They were filled with people admitting that they NEVER expected to like the show, but watched the first episode on a whim and were hooked.
In case you are still skeptical, here are some spoilers that I hope will intrigue you.
The first episode opens, showing you the perfect suburbian dream- mom, dad, kid, big house, perfect life.
And then, once the dad leaves for work and the kid leaves for school, the mom shoots herself.
And no one can figure out why, least of all her 4 best friends.
Until they clean out her possessions and find out that someone was black-mailing her.
Each of her 4 friends has their own unique situation, filled with funny outlandish moments coupled with ones that every married person can relate to.
Lynette used to be a successful career woman, but now she has 4 kids who terrorize the neighborhood. She’s probably my favorite, mostly because the relationship between her and her husband is so….real. And healthy. Plus, she’s dealing with identity crisis, something that not just stay-at-home moms go through. And she has monologues so brilliantly verbose that Dr. Cox of Scrubs would be envious. One of the best moments is when she gets pulled over by a cop because her kids are rough-housing in the back seat without seat belts. The cop tries to tell her what a bad mother she is. Lynette’s insecurities fade as her shark-like business woman persona kicks in. Let’s just say, she doesn’t get a ticket. I can just imagine every over-worked mother cheering her on.
Or take Gabriella, the picture perfect trophy wife who married for money. And she seems happy, until she reveals in the first episode that she’s been chasing all the wrong things. 6 episodes later her husband is arrested by the FBI for shady dealings and she is forced to not only go back to work, but has to steal a port-a-potty for their backyard since their plumbing broke down.
Then there’s Bri, an OCD picture perfect wife who can’t stop being task-oriented long enough to realize that her husband and kids are miserable. They walk in to marriage counseling and as she hands the Psychiatrist hand-made potpourri, her husband says, “Yes, to answer your question. You WILL be making a lot of money off of us.”
Lastly, there’s Susan, a single mother of a teenage daughter whose husband left her for his secretary. She’s “lovable crazy” with an extreme talent for winding up in the most awkward embarrassing situations. Like accidentally burning down her neighbor’s house.
All this is to say, that the producers do a good job of showing not only “The American Dream” in its stark shady reality, but they do it with an air of ironic humor that keeps the viewer from feeling either depressed or brain-washed.
Try the first episode and tell me what you think.