Who: “Desperate Housewives,” a comedy-drama and mystery series that aired for eight seasons on ABC from 2004-2012.
What: Created and produced by Marc Cherry and ABC Studios, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women who live in a suburban neighborhood, Wisteria Lane, as seen through the eyes of their late friend and neighbor.
The story line of Desperate Housewives covers thirteen years of the women’s lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008 and later 2013–2017 (the story arc included a 5-year passage of time, as well as flashbacks ranging from the 1980s to the 2020s). They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes, and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood. The series features an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. Brenda Strong narrates the series as the late Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences.
When: The show aired for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012 on ABC.
Where: The show is set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State.
Why: Listen to the podcast for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Desperate Housewives.
How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS
As things sometimes happen around here, when contemplating how to cover a show like Desperate Housewives, Chief Couch Potato Kylie had to make some decisions. This is a show I did watch but also one I ultimately jumped the shark while watching, without finishing, which is something I rarely do. Also, the CPU! podcast panelists are sometimes like a micro sample of the TV-watching public at large: they know what they like to watch, and they’re not afraid to say it! Thus, as I contemplated, puzzling how to serve Desperate Housewives fairly and in a way listeners might actually enjoy, I soon realized what I had to do.
I know of no bigger fan of this program than frequent panelist Eddie (featured on our Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder, Once Upon a Time, and True Blood panels), whose passion for the ladies of Wisteria Lane is unrivaled in my personal sphere of acquaintances, friends, and loved ones. Thus, I recruited Eddie to take the reins in moderating this panel, his unbridled passion in tow, as he leads our “Looking Back” discussion about the Housewives, while I sit back and contribute as a regular old panelist along with frequent CPU! panelist Jen.
This podcast was recorded in May 2016, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as we cover significant plot points that occur throughout all eight seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Desperate Housewives is recommended to anyone who enjoys a purely guilty pleasure and television that does not make you think too hard or too much while watching it. The panel thought soap opera fans would most love the Housewives, including aficionados of ilk like Dynasty, St. Elsewhere, and Melrose Place, though even the stoutest and most fanatical panelists (i.e. everyone but me) acknowledged that the show’s quality declines after the fourth season, owing to the infamous “tornado” and “time jump.” Still, all the panelists agree that the actresses who play the Housewives give stellar performances and render the show enticing, even when the writing doesn’t match their considerable talents. Desperate Housewives is available to stream on Hulu Plus. For those who need sudsy and sexy TV in their lives, Desperate Housewives is a can’t-miss!