Who can forget that it is now a decade since, in the gorgeous suburbs of Fairview, desperate housewife Mary Alice Young committed suicide, and from the after-life propelled us into the amazing worlds inhabited by her friends and neighbours of Wisteria Lane. These include the temperamental, lovely Susan Mayer – The gorgeous Terri Hatcher – the feisty and determined Lynette Scavo – Great performances by Felicity Huffman – The ex-model and all-round man-eater Gabriel Slois – Played perfectly by the beautiful Eva Longoria, and the successful author/businesswoman Bree Hodge – Marvellous Marcia Cross.

Susan has a plumber husband, Mike Delfino – James Denton – Lynette is married to the lovable Tom – Doug Savant – Gabrielle has an ex-con, the shady Carlos – Ricardo Antonio Chavira, while Bree has a dentist for her husband, Orson – played byKyle MacLachLan. There are kids of course, and the obligatory gay couple, Bob and Lee played superbly by Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm. Naturally, there are secret passions, scandalous behaviours and dastardly deeds, as Mary Alice make it very clear to us what exactly it is that goes on behind those closed doors we so want to see opened.

Everything begins with the death of Mary Alice Young, and the four main lady characters finding a blackmail note. On this are the ominous words -I know what you did. It makes me sick. I’m going to tell – so of course they have to get to the bottom of the mystery, which is the basis for the entire series. It has to be said that this was brilliantly written, the characters as complex as the storylines – like the waspish Bree Van De Kamp, outwardly strict and severe while inwardly quite fragile.

Susan Mayer you just want to hug and reassure, because she is a bumbling, single mom of a teenage daughter – Julie – who always appears to be unlucky, and when she does have some good fortune, manages always to make the worst of it. Then there is the deceitful, indulgent Gabrielle Solis, who always looks good and is always up to mischief – the former model came from nothing, became something, yet seems bent on throwing it all away. Eveery man though, is on her side, however badly she behaves.

Most endearing is Lynette Scavo, whose down-to-earth view of life and amazing relationship with husband Tom make her the person everyone feels empathy with, especially considering how awful her four kids are. would make any woman strive to be like her. That is, until you meet her children! There are other characters in Wisteria lane, but the main action occurs around the four main couples, the intricately woven plots there perhaps typical of just about any neighborhood in any western city.

We all have skeletons in our closets, and every one of us desperately wants to see those that belong to other people, while keeping ours to ourselves. Such is human nature, and that is what Desperate Housewives plays upon with such stunning accuracy. We all go borrowing cups of sugar, and sneak peeks into windows when we shouldn’t, trying always to discover more about those neighbours. This series is so good simply because it offers the viewer everything from murder, through romance, comedy, lies, deceit, intrigue and horror – all neatly packaged in one delicious and delightful set of DVDs that will have you desperate to discover what series two has to offer. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.

Good overview

Eva Longoria Interview

Felicity Huffman interview

Marcia Cross interview

Season one Promo

Terri Hatcher interview

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