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Desperate Housewives (S1)
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Oct 14, 2005 By: Sturdy
Desperate Housewives (S1) order
Director:
Larry Shaw

Actors:
Teri Hatcher
Felicity Huffman
Marcia Cross

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The tantalizing tales of four suburbia housewives and the adventures they face on Wisteria Lane.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I feel partially embarrassed to say this, but wow, this is a good show. This show takes the phrase guilty pleasure to a whole new level. I remember when it first aired on ABC that all the promotional spots and all the advertisements made it out to be a sexy, cheap soap opera. I actually didnt watch it because of that, but let me tell you, I was wrong. Desperate Housewives is an intelligent, fun dramedy that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire season. It doesnt hurt that you have four very sexy women to watch while youre trying to figure out the plot twists and turns.

Murder, mystery, infidelity, sex, love, lying, cheating, stealing, morals, kindness, right, wrongI could go on. Those are just some of the things youll find in Desperate Housewives. If they sound like contradictions, its because they are. I think the point of Marc Cherrys creation is to show you have to take the good with the bad. He just wants people to have a little fun while theyre at it. Who would have thought that upper middle-class suburbia could be so much fun?

This show doesnt really fit into one specific category and thats one of the many reasons its so successful. People of all walks of life can find something to appreciate in it. I think everyone has encountered a woman like all of the housewives. Some of them will remind you of your mom or grandma and others will remind you of yourself. The point is that these characters are real and that only makes them more appealing. I will give you one piece of advice. Dont try to pick it up after missing an episode. If you miss one, then wait for the DVD to come out because every episode is important.
THE EXTRAS
Rather than break these down by disc, Im going to break them down by type of feature. The general theme here is if you like Desperate Housewives, every feature is going to be worth your while. They are spread out across all six discs.

Commentaries with creator Marc Cherry, Larry Shaw and Cast: There are several commentaries spread out over the season. Some of them include just Marc Cherry, some have Marc Cherry and Larry Shaw and others have the girls talking about their favorite scenes. I recommend watching any of them with Marc Cherry because hes a funny guy that really likes his show. He also offers the most insight into the show and even drops a few hints as to what to expect in coming seasons. When he and Larry get together, it becomes pretty humorous. The commentaries with the girls arent really commentaries as much as they are scene specific commentaries where they talk about what they liked about a particular scene. It was nice to get the girls involved, but not really necessary.

Deleted Scenes: I love deleted scenes and most of these are pretty decent. None of them change the storyline that much but some of them are humorous. For you Nicolette Sheridan fans, I recommend checking out the deleted scene on disc 2.

Extended Episodes with introductions by Marc Cherry: You can watch about seven episodes with or without extended scenes. I watched all of them with the extended scenes and it didnt really affect the story. Marc Cherry introduced every episode and explained why the scene was cut. Usually, it was for time considerations.

A Stroll Down Wisteria Lane (11:37) and Behind the Scenes of Wisteria Lane (25:23) Featurettes: I lump these two together because theyre both done by Meredith Vieira and theyre pretty much the same thing. I enjoyed them both. Behind the Scenes offers great insight as to how each actress got the part and why they were picked.

Desperate Housewives Around the World (8:04): An interesting look as to the world wide phenomenon that is Desperate Housewives. I dont ever want to hear another word making fun of Star Wars and Star Trek fans.

Dressing Wisteria Lane (12:33): This is the least interesting of all the featurettes. It discusses the logic behind the characters wardrobes and the reasoning for the design of the houses.

Secrets of Wisteria Lane (10:44): This is a really nice featurette because it puts a camera into the writers room as they discuss possible ideas for season 2. Its very interesting and even offers some insight into future seasons.

Oprah Winfrey is the New Neighbor (8:25): I think this was done more for Oprahs benefit than ours. Its Oprah moving on Wisteria Lane with clips from the show cut in. Blah.

Bloopers From the Set (4:54): Your standard I cant remember my line bloopers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Desperate Housewives is a lot of fun. Its nice that with shows like this and Lost, television is reverting back to a time where creativity and great writing were more important than gross out stunts and reality back-stabbing. Do yourself (and your significant other) a favor and pick this set up.
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