Murder, mystery, infidelity, sex, love, lying, cheating, stealing, morals, kindness, right, wrong…I could go on. Those are just some of the things you’ll find in Desperate Housewives. If they sound like contradictions, it’s because they are. I think the point of Marc Cherry’s creation is to show you have to take the good with the bad. He just wants people to have a little fun while they’re at it. Who would have thought that upper middle-class suburbia could be so much fun?
This show doesn’t really fit into one specific category and that’s one of the many reasons it’s 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. Don’t 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.
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 he’s 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 aren’t 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 didn’t 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 they’re both done by Meredith Vieira and they’re 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 don’t 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 character’s 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. It’s 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 Oprah’s benefit than ours. It’s Oprah moving on Wisteria Lane with clips from the show cut in. Blah.
Bloopers From the Set (4:54): Your standard “I can’t remember my line” bloopers.