Did you hear? The multi award winning American TV dramedy Desperate Housewives will be coming to an end in May 2012. We can all breathe a sigh of relief at last! Though I am a huge fan of the show and it has brought nothing but inspiration to me as a writer these last eight years, I am pleased to see it go; only because I am happy that the show won’t wither away and people will forget about it, it has been given the chance all creators and producers would love; to be able to create a final season that everyone can enjoy. Those Housewives can only be SO desperate after all.
So why blog about this show? This show especially seems to have raised eyebrows since it’s debut as well as having critics and viewers alike split over whether they like the show or not. I really have come to enjoy this show; it makes viewers laugh, cry, gasp in shock as well as cringe at moments. The show came when TV needed it most, at a time where female favourite Sex and the City completed it’s six year run and women seemed to have lacked drive in TV. Desperate Housewives led the way for women over 40 to be represented in the media, which led the show to become one of the most watched television shows in the last 20 years; reaching 120 million viewers worldwide in 2007.
The setting of the show is the street of Wisteria Lane in the fictional American town of Fairview in the Eagle State. It follows the lives of a group of women; Susan, Bree, Lynette and Gabrielle, seen through the eyes of their dead neighbor. 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 neighbourhood.
Weird things happen behind closed doors, which is one of the reasons that the show has gone on to be so successful, because it is something different; at the time nothing was like it before, however as the years have gone; the show has struggled with it’s identity as a show, because of the many other shows that incorporate aspects of this show that made it so popular, particularly it’s introduction to Dramadey to mainstream television. Though the show has aged, which is another reason for it’s decline in recent years.
The reason that I have loved the show throughout it’s eight year run is because of many things, the main reason being; it’s ability to create mystery and suspense in the form of a seemingly ‘normal’ and ‘perfect’ neighbourhood. It makes you think that there are so many things that go on behind closed doors that no one will ever know about, though theres only so much that can happen in a neighbourhood. It’s comedic feature is also something so charming within a drama, it gives the audience a bit of everything. Drama and Comedy never worked so well together.
The show has also allowed me to think more about a possible career as a writer, it gave me my very first idea for development. Secrets. Everyone has a secret, no matter what; which is what I took and developed into my very own project for a TV show. Without this show I wouldn’t of found my love for television.
The show, no matter what people or critics say; is strong and has been throughout it’s eight years. It’s full of comedy and drama; the drama is nothing if not original; we have watched murder, adultery, alcoholism, countless divorces and more, held together by the friendship – and often catty disagreements – between the strong female leads. The shows strongest and most redeeming feature is the four main leads played by wonderful actresses, proving that you can be funny over the age of 25. It’s remained women in media and has allowed growth and determination to become easier for women, Stigmas be gone! It’s okay to have wrinkles on TV now.
No matter what; Desperate Housewives has created more than just eight seasons worth of television, it has created something more than that; a show that can be watched by anyone, relatable to anyone and loved by anyone. It really has got many things going for it, which is why I’m going to miss it so, these housewives have done more than be characters of a TV show; they’ve not only helped redefine women in Hollywood, but they’ve helped me to use experiences and ideas to their potential and develop them further, which is where I wrote my own TV show.
Even if it only set out to tell a story of doing the laundry and murdering spouses, those housewives did good. Farewell.