Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season

Desperate Housewives

Regular Air Date: 
Sundays 9/8C
On DVD: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Welcome to Wisteria Lane, a small community in the suburbs that seems quite and safe. But appearances can be deceiving. Mary Alice one of the local housewives shocks everyone when she commits suicide and the other women of Wisteria Lane are left wondering why. Susan is a clumsy divorcee with a teenage daughter; she has eyes on the new guy that moved in but starts to uncover some unsettling things from his past. Lynette gave up her career to raise her unruly children and finds it hard to keep a handle on her situation. Gaby a retired runway model tries to keep herself busy with shopping; but when that fails there is always the teenage gardener just as long as her husband doesn’t find out. Bree is the local Martha Stewart of the neighborhood. She always has the prettiest yard, home-made cookies, and cleanest house. But all of these women have secrets that they keep hidden; but be sure by the end of the season some of them are sure to leak out.

I really was dreading watching this series; I had it in my head that it was going to be some soap opera style drama. Boy was I wrong. While there are some soap opera type situations, they are handled in such a quirky and amusing way. I found myself laughing out loud at most of this show. Besides that while parts are light hearted it is mainly a dark comedy. The show is narrated by Mary Alice from the dead. And on-top of all that, there is several mysteries circling around too that will have you guessing through most of the series. Bonus features include unrated extended episodes (6 of them), deleted scenes, behind the scenes, commentary by Marc Cherry and the housewives, a stroll down Wisteria Lane with Marc Cherry, a look at the costumes and set, bloopers (kind of funny), and many more. There is also a funny skit with Oprah Winfrey moving to Wisteria Lane; but many of the situations are taken from episodes and have photo-shopped Oprah in. The main reason that this set got an A- is the packaging. There is a clear sleeve that you have to pull off and inside the box the DVD’s overlap causing you to often have to take out an extra DVD to get to the one you want. If you enjoy mysteries and quirky situations then this is certainly a show for you to check out. You may just find yourself completely addicted to this show just as I know am.

Review by Pandora
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