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Genre: Television - Desperate Housewives / Actors: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman ... / DVD released 10 October, 2005 at Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen

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      25.02.2012 12:51
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      Down On Wisteria Lane....

      I watched the first episode of Desperate Housewives because I had seen a write up on the program in my TV page and I have to say it appealed to me. However, because the programme was shown on Wednesdays, I didn't get to see every episode so I was delighted to find that I had been given Series one on DVD by my parents for Christmas.

      Packaging
      This DVD set comes in a white case with a picture of the desperate housewives on the front. The characters are dressed in white and look stunning in the pictures. The title is written above their picture in red writing.
      Inside the case are 6 separate DVDs containing the 22 episodes from the 1st series.

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      This was bought for me as a present but I have done a bit of research and this DVD would cost you £24.99 on play.com and on amazon it would cost you £23. You can get this box set cheaper from the 'new and used' section on both of the above websites.

      Storyline
      I don't want to give too much away about the plot of what happens in Desperate Housewives and to be honest, there is so much going on in every episode that it would be difficult to detail it all in a review anyway.
      There are 5 main 'Desperate Housewives' who all live on Wisteria Lane which from the outside, looks like a very prefect place to live.

      In the 1st episode we met Mary-Alice Young who narrates throughout the whole series. Mary-Alice Young appeared to lead a perfect life, that is, until one day, she is found dead in her own house and appears to have shot herself in the head. The Desperate Housewives start to question exactly what was wrong in Mary-Alice's life for her to end it. Throughout the serious, the desperate housewives discover various things which make them question the truth about the death of their friend.
      As well as the above continued theme in the series, you also get to learn about the past and present lives of the desperate housewives as well as meeting a few new faces that have moved to Wisteria Lane.

      I will stop here as saying much more than this will begin to give away parts of the storyline. However with each explanation of the characters, I will include parts of the storyline that are relevant to each character - hopefully without giving away too much of the storyline.
      Characters

      Susan Mayer (played by Teri Hatcher)
      Susan is a single Mum to her daughter Julie, who to be honest often acts like the mother herself. Susan is extremely scatty and has a very close relationship with her daughter, almost to the point where they seem more like best friends than mother and daughter. However, bearing in mind that Julie is only 13, the viewer is left wondering if Susan should try and sort out her own problems rather than getting her teenage daughter to help her all the time.
      Susan's husband left her and Julie a couple of years ago and although sad at her failed marriage, Susan is always on the look out for new love and definitely believes in 'Happy Ever After'.
      Throughout the 1st series, it becomes obvious that Susan has feelings for Mike, a new face that moves to Wisteria Lane and you get to see if their relationship will develop or not.

      Gabrielle Solis (played by Eva Longoria)
      Gabrielle is beautiful and on the surface it looks like she has everything a woman could want - a rich husband, a big house - but we soon start to see that not everything is perfect for Gabrielle.
      Gabrielle enjoys spending her husbands hard earning money and keeping fit. We also see her enjoying a full blown affair with her and her husbands 17 year old gardener.

      Lynette Scavo (played by Felicity Huffman)
      This woman is a god, she has 4 children, all under the age of 5 and all quite misbehaved. Her husband works away from home a lot so she is left to look after the children for most of her time. Out of all the housewives, Lynette definitely seems to have the most solid marriage, her and Tom (her husband) seem truly devoted to one another and their children. Lynette used to be a high flying woman in the advertising industry but gave it all up to raise her children while her husband became the main bread winner. You can see at times that it almost seems as it she regrets that decision as she really did enjoy her work and bringing up 4 children under the age of five certainly proves to be hard work.

      Bree Van Der Kamp (played by Marcia Cross)
      Bree is a bit of a clean freak. She worries constantly about how other people perceive her and her family and if even the family run into problems, she believes that as long as her lawn looks nice and her windows are clean, people wont suspect a thing.
      Bree is married to Rex and assumes their relationship is rock solid but it soon becomes apparent that Rex wants a divorce and her 2 teenage children are starting t o rebel.
      Bree is extremely prim and proper and she would hate to think that people in her neighbourhood know what is going on in her personal life. While struggling to keep her family together and also dealing with her own emotions, she still feels the need to give the impression to the rest of the neighbourhood that everything is perfect in the Van Der Kamp household.

      Edie Britt (played by Nicolette Sheridan)
      Edie Brit is the bitch of Wisteria Lane. She is blonde, with blue eyes and big boobs and often likes to walk around the neighbourhood with her legs and cleavage on show. Although she is tolerated by all the other housewives, she is not part of the close knit group that the above characters belong to.
      It is quite obvious that Susan and Edie have a lot of history and are sarcastically friendly to one another which is very amusing to watch.
      Edie and Susan both take a shine to Mike in this series as are often fighting for his attentions.

      Summary
      Personally I love Desperate Housewives. Even my boyfriend and my male friend like it. It is full of gripping storylines and quite often there are several explosive stories happening in unison so there is never a moment to get bored. I always feel that every episode leaves you wishing you knew what was going to happen next.

      You grow to love and hate the characters you meet throughout the series. Every housewife has an extremely different personality and it is interesting to watch people who are so different actually forming a really great friendship together.
      Along with the gripping storylines, there are also quite a few yummy men in the show. Lynette's husband Tom is quite dishy and most people have heard of Jesse Metcalfe (who plays Gabrielle's 17 year old lover!!) who is also very nice to look at.

      The best thing about having the DVD box set is that you can watch all the episodes back to back (if you have the time) and you can also watch them in sequence (when I watched the serious on TV, I quite often missed weeks due to being at work and then found it difficult to catch up on what was happening the following week)

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        18.08.2010 12:54
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        One of the best tv series

        Desperate Housewives, in my opinion, is one of the best TV series of all time. The series is based on 4 housewives: Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Susan (Teri Hatcher), Bree (Marcia Cross) and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria Parker) and focuses on the battles that these women face ranging from cancer to murder to adultery to financial troubles. Quite serious you ask? Yes the problems that they face are serious, but they confront it with a great deal of tasteful humour.

        The first season introduces the characters well. Although there is the Pilot episode, it doesn't have the awkwardness that so many pilot episodes have. The cast evidently have a strong relationship and it comes across on camera.

        All of the episodes (except for a couple) are narrated by Mary Alice, once a housewife on Wysteria Lane, who killed herself as she was being blackmailed by a neighbour. Extreme yes, but her and her husband Paul, did illegally take a child (their son Zac was originally the child of a drug addict who exchanged her baby for some money for drugs). Mary Alice couldn't have children and was desperate for a baby so for her, this answered her prayers. A few years later the mother returns for her baby, and Mary Alice ends up stabbing the mother. Did they report it to the police? No. Paul cut the body into little bits, put it in a toy chest and buried it under their swimming pool. As you do.

        This storyline is tackled on in later seasons, so we don't know exactly why Mary Alice killed herself in the first season.

        Gabrielle is another housewife on Wysteria Lane. She is married to Carlos a business man who earns enough to cater for Gabrielle's materialistic needs, but fails as an attentive husband. Gabrielle is an ex-model who moved to the suburbs, giving up her career for love. She is lonely and as a result starts having an affair with her teenage gardner - John (Jesse Metcalfe). This affair is Eva Longoria Parkers main storyline in this season.

        Next we have Lynette, a housewife that breeds children. Preston and Porter (twins), Parker and Penny. Lynette is overwhelmed being home alone with these children all very close in age whilst her husband, Tom, is away at work. Preston and Porter are believed to have ADD and is given medication for them. However, she doens't particularly want the children to take the pills so she takes them herself in order to keep up in life and gradually starts an addiction. Lynette gave up her job because she got pregnant and misses her life in advertising. The end of season 1 shows her husband Tom quit his job, after she sabotages his new promotion.

        Another housewife is Bree. A mother of two teenagers and a husband who is a doctor. Her husband has severe heart problems, and her pharmacist, George who is obsessed with Bree, tampers with Bree's husband Rex's medication in a bid to kill him so he can claim Bree. Bree is unaware of what George is doing, but does know that George has a soft spot for her, but insists they are friends. Bree's two teenage children, Andrew and Danielle. Andrew declares that he is gay and Bree is convinced that he is condemned to hell and needs to change his sexuality in order to go to heaven. Andrew begins to go off the rails as he realises that Bree can't accept his sexuality. Danielle's storylines develop in future storylines.

        Finally Susan is the final housewife. A ditzy single mum who's ex cheated on her with his secretary. A new neighbour moves in, Mike, who Susan is instantly attracted to. The storyline sees her compete with Edie Brit (not so much a housewife but a big character in the television series) for Mike's attention. Edie is renowned for getting any man she wants so the battle is on.

        Susan also plays a big role in the season regarding Mary Alice's death. It is her who's suspicions rise when they find a blackmail note in Mary Alice's things. Susan is also very suspicious of her love interest Mike as she finds a gun and a load of money in his cupboard. Another murder occurs in the lane and Mike is instantly a suspect. Although he is innocent, his background is revealed and the situation becomes considerably more complicated.

        I love everyone of the characters in Desperate Housewives and I would seriously recommend buying this, and all the other seasons of Desperate Housewives. I'll be gutted when it finishes!

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        19.01.2010 14:52
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        A strange and fun show

        Desperate Housewives isn't a show I really watch anymore, but I was gripped by its first season, which was an impressive satire of suburban life, with a tone not dissimilar from that of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. Although a lot sillier, it was quite a fun start to the show that combined its dark plots with more daft ones in good balance.

        The show revolves around the suicide of a seemingly doting housewife, Mary Alice Young. Her five best friends are introduced at her wake, and they are the main characters for the series:

        Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) = the protagonist of the series, she is a writer who has one daughter with her ex-husband. She is the show's main source of comic relief, being very silly and accident prone. The first season consists of her suspicions regarding Mary Alice's suicide, and also her relationship with the local plumber Mike Delfino, who has more to himself than meets the eye.

        Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) = a strong minded businesswoman, she is nevertheless at her wits end while attempting to juggle her professional life with that of her hyperactive young children, causing a lot of friction between her and her husband.

        Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) = an uptight, neo-Conservative housewife who nevertheless appears to be the perfect wife and mother, she is annoyingly prim and proper and becomes frustrated at her husband Rex's sexual dysfunction and her son's homosexuality, causing her to act out with dire consequences.

        Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) = a Latina woman who is married to a rich man, Carlos, and spends most of her time relaxing and doing nothing. She also takes a shine to the gardener, resulting in an affair that covers most of the first season.

        Edie Britt (Nicolette Sheridan) = the least conspicuous of the lot, she is a cougar-type competitor to the other single women and something of a man eater. She's not that likeable but she has her charms despite not being as involved as the other characters.

        The first season weaved these threads together very well, making for an ever-intriguing show with Lynchian undertones.

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          23.12.2009 12:15
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          A great programme...watch it!

          Desperate Housewives began in 2005 and was termed as the new Sex in the City. It's set in a peaceful (on the surface) suburban area, Wisteria Lane where a woman, Mary-Alice, with a seemingly perfect life commits suicide one day. Her friends then try and figure out why she killed herself after finding a suspicious note in her things one day. This woman later goes on to become the narrator.

          The characters are pretty stereotypical. You have Bree (Marcia Cross) who is seen as perfect in every way from her cooking, her clothes and her manners. She's one of those women who refuses to show her emotions in front of others, even when her husband begins discussing divorce with her.

          Terri Hatcher plays Susan, a ditzy, clumsy character who paints children's books for a living. She has a daughter, Julie, and is divorced. Cue James Denton as Mike Delfino and some competition from neighbourhood slut Edie, played by Nicolette Sheridan. A lot of people hate Edie but I personally can't help but laugh at some of the things she says! Such as when a builder asks her out and she replies "You are so far out of your league you're playing a completely different game.."

          Lynette is conveyed by Felicity Huffman and plays the role of a frazzled mother of 4 children brilliantly. Finally, there's Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solice who's a beautiful ex-model having an affair with her teenage gardener. Longoria's acting is quite a lot worse in this series (atleast in the first few episodes) compared to the later ones, but that may have something to do with the cheesy Mexican music played in the background everytime there's a scene with John (the boy she is having an affair with).

          As with all Desperate Housewives series, there's one main storyline which is finding out why Mary-Alice killed herself. However, there's also individual stories for each character - Bree's deteriorating relationship with her husband, Gabrielle's affair, Susan's relationship with Mike and Lynette's struggles to control her children.

          You can find the series 1 6-disc boxset on Amazon for just £15.88 marked down from £45 RRP. It may be quite cheap in retail stores such as HMV now because it's getting to be a pretty old series. Definitely pick up a copy and you'll find yourself addicted like I did.

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            23.10.2009 01:03
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            Desperate Housewives (season 1) was first aired in America on October 3rd 2005 and consisted of 23 episodes. The first show starts with housewife Mary-Alice Young shotting herself in the head for what seems like no reason whatsoever, but throughout the series we discover that there was a lot more to her death than meets the eye, she died to protect a deadly secret that someone had been threatening to expose!! The show is based around four different housewives with very different lives and their problems and struggles whilst living on the quiet suburban street on Wisteria Lane.
            Starring Brenda Strong (as the deceased Mary-Alice who narrates the show), Teri Hatcher (Susan), Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Marcia Cross (Bree) and Eva Longoria (Gabrielle).

            We are first introduced to the characters at Mary-Alice's wake, we meet:
            Susan Mayer: A clumsy, divorced single mother who is desperate to find her true love,
            Lynette Scavo: A former big shot in the advertising world who is now a full time mother of four, Bree Van De Kamp: A true perfectionist and a model housewife who is trying to keep her two teenagers in order while trying to save her marriage and lastly Gabrielle Solis: An ex fashion model who is enjoying an affair with her underage gardener.
            This series has all the makings of a great tv show love, affairs, murder, suicide and a hell of a lot of drama which makes the show a fantastic programme to watch!

            Ther have been another four series' since this one and I will try and review all of them all at the same time as trying not to tell you everything about it just in case you decide to watch and maybe even buy the box set. Once you have watched one episode you will be hooked, I know I was.

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            29.07.2009 15:18

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            Good viewing for a couple of nice chilled night's in.

            Desperate Housewvies sesion one is a great present for anyone who loved sex and the city. The first season introduces the charicters of Susan (teri hatcher, a single mum who's clumbsyness often leads her into some sticky situations) gabby (eva Longoria, the ex catwalk model who adores expensive things and draining her husbands credit card) Bree (marcia Cross, the traditional stay at home mum who strives for perfection) Lynett (felicity huffman, a mother trying to juggle work and family commitments) and eddie (nicolet sheridan, the local man eater), depicting there lifes as housewives, buisness women and friends of wisteria lane. Sesion one starts off with the death of a close friend to the housewives, Mary alice, who also narates all the series, and the housewives search to find out the truth behind it.
            Each episode is a story within the main storey, sending the viewer on a roller coaster ride. As a die hard fan from day one i feel the chariters and plot are well rounded and thought out. Beware however it is a very addictive programme so make sure you've got a good few hours spare. Dvd set also contains good extras such as behind the scenes footage and one on one interviews with the cast.

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            28.06.2009 12:08
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            A great show which has mystery that lasts all the way through the season

            Desperate Housewives the first season introduces you into the life on Wisteria Lane the five main characters are Gabrielle who is played by Eva Longoria Parker who is a ex fashion model and is the 'sexest' out of the women, Bree who is played by Marcia Cross as the 'neat freak' has to have everything perfect, Lynette who is played by Felicity Huffman as the stressed out mum with four kids and whos husband workes away, Susan who is played by Teri Hatcher as the clumsy one of the street and Edie who is played by Nicollette Sherdian as the slut on the street. Also Mary Alice Young played by Brenda Strong is on the very first episode but kills herself she then becomes the narrator of the show. The first season takes you through the day to day lifes of the girls after Mary's suicide and unravels the mystery of why she did it. A great show which makes you want to watch more which will have you laughing and crying like it did me and you will be on the edge of your seats by the end.

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            Even from the first few minutes of the first episode I, like many others, were drawn into the mystery of Desperate Housewives and the lives of those living on Wisteria Lane.

            During the first few minutes of the series we see Mary Alice going about her business and narrating her morning until she commits suicide. There in lies the first mystery of the show. Why did she do it ?

            The main female characters of the show are Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker) and Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan). The show follows the womens life, public and private as they cope with the stresses life throws at them between work, family and friends. Mary Alice narrates using wise words the beginning and end of the episodes.

            I love the premise of the show, although some episodes do feel as though they are dragging on a bit too long. Overall I would recommend Desperate Housewives.

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            11.06.2009 22:24
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            American risque comedy drama at its best

            Season 1 of this massive hit show does not fail to impress. With so many likeable, convincing, charming characters that dominate the screen with their unique characteristics, the plot and the many sub-plots that consistently remain strong throughout the season are just not what I expected when I saw the title "Desperate Housewives." Mary Alice is a seemingly happy housewife living in a beautiful, too-good-to-be-true neighbourhood in Wisteria Lane. One day, she kills herself - this is how the season starts. Her friends Susan, Bree, Lynette and Gabrielle are distraught, and are curious as to find out what led to this shocking event - all the while trying to get a hold of their own lives. Susan has a crush on a plumber but faces stiff competition from the nearby slut Edie, Bree is so desperate to appear perfect even though there are uncountably many holes in her family, Lyenette must be tolerant and patient when handling her four uncontrollable children (five, if you count her husband), and Gabrielle is engaging in a secret affair that takes more and more dangerous turns. It's not just these four fabulous leading ladies who are brilliant to look at. The range of supporting characters we get is vast and the humour that comes along with them keeps this incredibly fresh. The main storyline, the secret behind Mary Alice's suicide, is mind-blowingly entertaining, moving, original and completely unexpected. Don't miss out on this sensational first season that is full of comedy and some intense drama.

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              05.06.2009 20:50
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              A great introduction to the series!

              The phenomena begins! Way back in 2005 the ladies of Wisteria Lane hit tv sets, pinned as the new Sex and the City - this promised to be firey, cleverly comedic and full of twists and turns.

              We start our series with a suicide in suburbia - little housewife with seemingly perfect life who is privately hiding secrets that are beginning to unravel, until it is all too much - not too original, but hey it's got to start somewhere. The series followd the other ladies of Wisteria Lane as they try to reveal exactly what it was that made Mary Alice put that gun to her head and pull the trigger.

              Although that is the starting point and the main mystery of season 1, the best thing about the show is how it follows the other housewives in their lives and troubles, outside of the continuing mystery. It builds a complete world of interlocking webs, developing sometimes complex storylines and surprising twists, which capitivate viewers. Each episode can be watched as a stand alone, although they are most appreciated when watched as a complete series.

              Writer Marc Cherry drew greatly on his personal experiences to create characters and lines for the show, one of the most famous being Bree saying, when her son Andrew told her he was gay, "I'd love you even if you were a murderer!" - the same thing Cherry's mum had said to him in that same situation!

              The cast are a mix of familiar faces (Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman) and those less main stream, however they have an on-screen chemistry that would make you believe they really had lived on the same road for years. The four main housewives (Gaby, Bree, Lynette and Susan) show four very different personalities, but brough together form a functioning group, each with their own unique talents and place within their private society.

              The 22-episodes of season 1 introduce the world to this warm yet tainted suburbia that is Wisteria Lane and the women whose lives take part on it - and one thing you learn from this first season is that everyone's lives and secrets will be found out in due time.

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                14.05.2009 14:34
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                A good series that starts the ball rolling for tv's most popular housewives.

                To make an impact, American night time drama's have always had to open big. Lost brought an aircraft crashing to the ground, Dallas shot its main character and left him for dead all summer, and Desperate Housewives set its own tone by opening with a suicide. The mystery of Mary Alice's death sets the stall for the other leading ladies who take centre stage in this series. In the pilot we are introduced to all of the characters who will become mainstays in a series that has now ran for 5 years.

                Susan Mayers (or Myers as she is now named) is the gormless one, accident prone and heartbroken after her ex-husband ran off with his secretary. She quickly falls for Mike Delfino, a man with his own mystery and agenda for being on the Wisteria Lane. She lives alone with her daughter Julie, and quickly finds herself at odds with her neighbour Edie Britt over their mutual interest in Delfino.

                Edie started off the show as a bit player. She's every inch a man eater and will do anything she can to get the man. She is long legged, blonde, big breasted and, in a brave move for the actress who plays her, not too timid about admitting her extensive surgery. She is the local realtor, which is handy seeing as Wisteria Lane seems to invite characters who will cause trouble and run.

                Bree Van Der Kamp is the perfectionist of the crew. She has old fashioned values about keeping a family together, and creates the perfect home for her disinterested family. Her husband is fed up with her too-perfect-to-be-real persona, her son resents her, and her daughter just hides away in the shadows.

                Lynette Scavo is the one who wears her flaws on her sleeve. Her husband is an advertising powerhouse, while she has given up her own successful career to stay home and manage their wild twins and other children. Lynette is demented, she resents giving up her life, and longs for the days where she kicked around with execs for power lunches. Her weekly ritual of poker with the girls is what she looks forward to.

                The last, but not least, of the housewives is ex-model Gaby. She is in a marriage where her husband thinks attention is a $15,000 necklace, and she finds her kicks with the teenage gardener. Gaby is shallow, but gorgeous, and refuses to give up the life that she feels she worked so hard for. It never occurs to her at first that her husband Carlos will do anything for her. That is, until he kicks in the head of a gay cable man who he suspects of sleeping with his wife.

                These woman are all flawed in the quirkiest of ways. They rely on the friendships they have forged with each other, and the audience are treated to flashes of their devastation when original Desperate Housewife Mary Alice kills herself. Even Gaby, at her shallowest, is a hugely supportive friend who can always be relied upon for the 3 mainstays.

                This opening series follows an increasingly disturbed Zach, son of Mary Alice, as he fights his demons and his father to get to the truth. The truth isn't made available for a large portion of the series, but the late Mary Alice provides us with episodic narrative in order to keep the series racing along.
                The narrative sometimes comes across a little vulgar and unneccessary. Housewives is well written enough for the audience to grasp, but each episode is treated as a lesson in life when Mary Alice sums up the lessons learned in that episode. Whilst it makes things a little more obvious, sometimes when they dont need to be, it makes it a little more predictable as well.

                Other series threads are the breakdown of Bree and Rex's marriage and his obsession with kinky sex that disturbs her, Susan's flirtation with Mike who gets mixed signals, Gaby's juggling of her toyboy and fiercely angry but loyal husband, Lynette's difficulty with motherhood and boredom and a dead body that links Mary Alice to one of the other women's new romances. The stories are well concieved and wittily written, save for the voiceover at the start and end of every episode.

                The acting is of a decent standard from the leads at least. Teri Hatcher was the most famous of the ladies, after a successful stint on the Superman series, and is perfectly cast as the delightfully daft Susan. Marcia Cross is superb as the uptight and rigid Bree. Nicolette Sheridan is a scream as the witty and static-faced Edie. Eva Longaria is perfectly gorgeous for her part as Gaby and Felicity Huffman quickly makes Lynette's desperation her own. I'm not sure whether any of these actresses would cut it in film, but each of them were perfect individuals to make up the main faces of the show.

                The first season is a tad shaky. I wasn't used to the pacing that would stretch one thread out for 24 episodes or so, and it started to grate a little. Perhaps its the acceptance that has made subsequent seasons more enjoyable, or perhaps its the growth of these characters as I've watched them for five years. Whatever the reason Desperate Housewives has become one of the most popular night time drama's on television, a success that wasn't instantly obvious from a slow but engaging first season.

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                  19.02.2009 22:06
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                  Excellent buy! Very amusing!

                  If you have ever seen an episode of Desperate Housewives or even heard of the show through the media you will be aware of what a highly acclaimed programme it is. Living up to its reputation the first season is outstanding!

                  A great first impression of the skilled director, writing and production teams; who cleverly portray the humorous style of the characters. The series is defiantly a winner and is so addictive I guarantee you will be hooked after the first episode. Personally I find watching the show refreshing and am always left wanting more. Having been given the box set as a Christmas gift I couldn't say much on the cost aspect, but presuming you enjoy the show or have seen episodes here and there and want to start at the beginning this is defiantly good value...for interest lets say.

                  Although when watching the show you (like me) may be sceptical as to whether in real life everything would be so physically pristine and people would be so good-looking and witty; after watching a few episodes you will in no doubt hooked on the story lines and feel like you've known the characters for years!

                  Music wise you won't find well known chart songs as the soundtrack but instead classical orchestra symphonies that add real suspense to the show. This may sound un-appealing and "boring" but I think it helps you to relate better with the characters and again makes the show more believable than it would be if you were listening to Britney singing whilst a husband and wife were having a blazing argument. When played with a surround sound system the quality of the music and sound effects is very apparent and makes you feel as though you are a fly on the wall watching all of this drama unfold!

                  Overall this is an excellent buy, whether it's for yourself, or as a gift for someone else hours of hilarious entertainment are just waiting to be enjoyed!

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                    28.01.2009 18:25
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                    Give it a shot.

                    Desperate Housewives is a TV series that everybody has heard of and most people will have watched at some point in it's showing. I think its in its 5th series on TV now, but as a treat I recently bought myself the first series on DVD.

                    I've always loved the desperate housewives series, as the characters are funny and interesting, and the narration over the top in always good. The series follows the lives of 5 different women as the struggle through the daily struggles of life, with all of the secrets that are kept behind closed doors. The narrator is the recently deceased Mary Alice Young who committed suicide, leaving her family and neighbours to try to puzzle out the reasons why. This is a very good idea, as being out of the picture now, the narrator can see over everything with no emotions left attached to the events that occur.

                    Susan Mayer, Lynette Scavo, Bree Van de Kamp, Edie Britt and Gabrielle Solis are the main neighbours, as most of the story is told based around the women. Susan is a rather scatty, accident prone woman who chaos seem to revolve around, Lynette is a rather scary mother of four kids...who all seem to suffer from ADHD, and she is finding it hard to cope. Bree is an even scarier woman who appears to suffer from OCD, which leads to the breakdown of her marriage and relationships, although she is originally introduced as a perfect wife and mother it is clear as the series goes on that she really is not. Edie however is seen as the 'bitch' of the program, serial divorcee and man eater, no woman feels safe around her. And finally, Gabrielle is the glamour model who married Carlos partly for money...but has recently started finding satisfaction in her under age gardener John Rowland.

                    And the the stories of these supposedly normal housewives begins. And so does the tumble into divorce, adultery, stress, scandel and mothers on ADHD drugs. And all the way through the series you have the calm voice of the narrator over the top and a very sweet moral at the end of each episode.

                    I hope you enjoy it as much as I do

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                      29.12.2008 22:48
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                      outstanding!

                      Who will like this TV series:
                      Guys and girls who love a good quality tv programme that will capture you imagination and have you glued to the set.

                      What is this series similar to:
                      Very much like Sex and the City as the clothes are fantastic and so are the friendships, however suprisingly this series has all the good qualities of a good mystery drama which will have you guessing (and you wont be able to guess what happens next).

                      Creator:
                      Marc Cherry, who was also the producer of the Golden Girls.

                      Rated:
                      15, does include a few raunchy scenes that you may wish to put the kids to bed before watching.

                      Starring:
                      Teri Thatcher, From the New Aventures of Superman Fame, plays the charector Susan Mayer.
                      Felicity Hauffman, Star of TransAmerica (2005) plays the charector of Lynette Scavo.
                      Marcia Cross, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Plays the part of Bree Vanderkampt.
                      Eva Longoria Parker, face of Loreal, plays the part of Gabriel Solice.
                      Nicollette Sheridan, from Paper Dolls (1980's), plays the part of Eddie Britt.
                      Th cast also includes a variety of other amazing charectors and brilliant actors which contribute greatly to the plot.

                      Plot Summary:
                      Well without givving away the secrets that watching will uncover for you, this series is set n the beautiful Wysteria Lane where a group of bored housewives keep track on the ongoings of their neighbours. This series uncovers twisted detais of the past which directly effect the charectors within the show. Its mysterious and keeps you guessing up until the final minute.

                      What it looks like:
                      This box set consists of 23 one hour long episode contained in 6 vd boxes. The cover is white with the four main charectors in white as well.

                      What it cost:
                      This depends on where you look, it will usually be around £30-£35, but if you check online stores of in the sales you may find a much cheaper alternative.

                      My Favourite Quotes:
                      Karl: The heart wants what it wants!
                      Susan: Yeah, well, my heart wants to hurt you, but I'm able to control myself!

                      Reccomendation:
                      I have just finished Desperate Housewives Season One, i recieved it as a present from 'Santa' and was utterly thrilled! I'd caught a few episodes on TV but theres nothing better than puring over it at your own leisure spottingclue and charector giveaways. I lovedthis series and plan to buy the next straight away.

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                        This show is currently on it's 5th series and I still love it. This is an American show and I think this series launched in around 2004, but could be wrong.

                        The show centres around the 5 main characters and their families. First of all the episodes are narrated by a woman called Mary Alice Young. She used to live on Wisteria Lane, which is where the show is set. She isn't there now, but i'm not going to say why she's not there. It's kind of like she is looking down on the world. Now to the characters

                        Bree Van De Kamp - She is the stepford wife. She loves to bake, clean and keep everything perfect. Everything in it's place and all that!

                        Lynette Scavo - mum to 3 kids that certainly keep her busy. She used to be quite the career woman, but ended up staying at home with the kids.

                        Gabrielle Solis - Used to be a model. She likes spending money and looking good. Very materialistic

                        Edie Britt - in the best words, a bit of a bitch. She has run off with a few married men in her time and although she gets on with the other girls, then can talk about her behind her back

                        Susan Myers - loveable but a bit ditsy. SHe is married, but seems a bit unlucky in love

                        Each episode lasts for approx 45 minutes and has no breaks in it, unless it is on Channel 4, which was where the show was first shown.

                        So each epsiode centres around the women and their families. It can focus on the families on their own and also how they mix in with each other.

                        This can have comedy parts as well as drama in it as well. I would have said it would be more suited to females, but I know a few men (gay and straight) that like this show as well.

                        It would be best to watch this show from the start, which is obviously these episodes, as if you jumped into season 5 just now then it would end up far too confusing!

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                        Audiences were captivated by the women of Wisteria Lane in the first season of Desperate Housewives, the breakout hit from ABC that almost single-handedly lifted the network from its ratings doldrums and brought back the classic TV soap, remixed now with satire, comedy, and mystery. An affectionate yet darkly tinged send-up of suburbia that skirted Twin Peaks territory as much as that of Knots Landing, Desperate Housewives opened with a bang--literally--as perfect-seeming housewife Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) went through her picture-perfect day before putting a handgun to her temple and pulling the trigger. Mary Alice's sudden suicide leaves her four closest friends, all housewives of a sort, with a surfeit of grief, a re-examination of their own lives, and a mystery to solve. It also proves to be a catalyst for a seamy study of what goes on inside the finely appointed homes of Wisteria Lane--the tales of which Mary Alice narrates from beyond the grave with a sardonic tone dipped in both honey and arsenic. There's Martha Stewart-perfect Bree (Marcia Cross), who rules her household with an iron fist in a tailor-made garden glove and seems to have it all, until she finds out her husband (Steven Culp) is cheating on her-–and has a serious fetish habit to boot. Sultry Gaby (Eva Longoria), the youngest of the set, is a bored trophy wife whose predilection for shopping and clothes are the perfect decoy for her affair with the hunky teenage gardener (Jesse Metcalfe). Former career woman Lynette (Felicity Huffman) is the most stereotypical housewife, raising four (or was it five?) kids and frustrated at using her cutthroat business skills for suburban politics. And daffy Susan (Teri Hatcher), the divorcee looking for love, sees her prospects brighten with the arrival of hunky plumber Mike (James Denton), who has some desperate secrets of his own. And did we mention the neighborhood hussy (Nicollette Sheridan), the snotty busybody (Christine Estabrook), and Mary Alice's increasingly agitated son (Cody Kasch)? It was a fast and wild mix of plot and characters that gave Desperate Housewives the zing that made it a number one hit, as it never got too bogged down in any dilemma before moving on to the next. And though it was neither as hard-hitting nor salacious as it was trumpeted to be, the show nevertheless breathed fresh, funny air into comedy television, for even though it hewed to the hour-long soap format, the content was far more dark comedy than sudsy drama. There were fun bright spots to be had, but the story behind Mary Alice's death--which included drugs, murder, blackmail, secret identities, and vengeance in equal amounts--hovered over all the characters, tingeing the farce with the specter of danger. The show's other source of strength is in its peerless ensemble cast, headed by four perfect leading ladies, all Emmy-worthy. Hatcher received the (deserved) lion's share of praise (and a Golden Globe), but her co-stars–-especially the underrated Longoria-–matched her scene for scene. And though the mystery of Mary Alice's death was ultimately solved (no Twin Peaks teasing here), it was just the beginning of the troubles on Wisteria Lane, where no life went unexamined for too long. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com