Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season
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When things get rough on Wisteria Lane, the Housewives band together like never before. Relive the passion, the laughter and the mystery of television's celebrated dramatic comedy with THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. The neighborhood is jolted with the arrival of Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) and her family, and it soon becomes clear that they are hiding something. But what is their secret, and what are their true intentions? Meanwhile, a plane crash on Wisteria Lane causes everyone to reflect on their lives and the choices that have made them who they are. Experience every juicy episode, and get inside access to your favorite show with never-before-seen bonus features. Find out more on DVD with this spectacular 5-disc set. It's the perfect addition to your DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES collection!
The lives, loves, loyalty, treachery, and deceit of the women of Wisteria Lane have become part of a fairly large subculture of American pop-culture vernacular thanks to the continued success of Desperate Housewives. Season six has not been considered one of the standouts in the long lifespan of the series, but it's certainly not the least inspired (that honor is generally placed on the sophomore slump of season two). Creator Marc Cherry has said he sees many more years of backbiting and lip locking in store for fans and the very happy ABC Network. He'll be following through on that promise at least through an eighth season. All that said, Desperate Housewives enjoys a very specific following of viewers who are anything but casual. Admirers consider it either a guilty pleasure that they're somewhat ashamed to admit or a piece of must-see TV for which their Sunday nights remain reserved along with empty shelf space for the coming DVD sets, no matter how many more there will be.
Even after so many years of following the same basic formulas, Cherry & Co. have managed to keep the story arcs relatively fresh with the trademark blend of camp, sharp humor, and cutting drama that's not so real to be a total bringdown, even when it involves insolvency, death, disease, and disfigurement. Season six has all those familiar elements, thankfully propelled forward by the original core cast of Teri Hatcher (Susan), Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Marcia Cross (Bree), and Eva Longoria-Parker (Gabrielle). Dana Delany, who joined the cast in season three, makes her final appearance here in six as Katherine, who provides one of the more titillating story lines of desperation as the episodes progress and her mental state deteriorates (thanks to the predatory actions of Susan). But the four core housewives still seem to be in it for the long haul. Lynette is aghast at the prospect of her later-life pregnancy (with twins!), not to mention a close encounter with a friendly neighborhood serial murderer. Bree goes through a welter of guilt and exasperation over her husband Orson's snickeringly horrible disability (Kyle MacLachlan again adds a welcome dose of pungent wit to his turn as the disgruntled Orson), and Susan discovers her daughter may not be such a prodigy after all. Gabrielle is exasperated over her motherly duties, especially remembering what life used to be like when she hangs out with the super-fun gay couple down the street. The newest housewife on Wisteria Lane is Angie (Drea de Matteo, bringing lingering remnants of her role as Adrianna on The Sopranos), who also adds a dangerous mystery to the seasonal arc. Like all the other stretchy narrative threads, it has well-intoned elements of both menace and outrageous farce. As a package deal, season six keeps pulsing with the Desperate Housewives ethos, which is still defined by the clever device of a long-dead narrator (Brenda Strong as Mary Alice) commenting on the behind-closed-doors doings from beyond the grave.
The special features included on the DVD set are slimmed down compared to other seasons' offerings. There's the obligatory blooper/gag reel, what's billed as a "Master Class" series of interviews with the stars explaining how hard they work to make the sometimes credibility-straining plot threads come to life, and a nice collection of Marc Cherry's favorite scenes, which really do showcase what's best about each element of the show. A silly segment titled "Miss Piggy Gets Desperate" follows the Muppet diva onto the set for her own round of interviews, which eventually belie her true motive--to win a role as the latest inhabitant of Wisteria Lane. It's silly, but funny and smart, which is a pretty good way to describe the lasting fun of Desperate Housewives. --Ted Fry
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Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the actors. They all did the best job with what they got, even Teri whose storylines became dull after the first season and made me think that Susan should have been the one to die from Zachary's gun in the Second Season Premiere. But as Marc Cherry became more interested in delegating his writing to other people while organising TV pilots (the failed Hallelujah and the upcoming Devious Maids) or a mini-series called Another Housewife, An uninspiring, ridiculous and self-satisfied cell phone plug, I just think Desperate Housewives became a joke with rehashed storylines. For once again, we have Housewives cheating their husbands with other men, secret children, people trying to bribe their neighbors to escape their frustrating lives, a mystery, and of course a big tragedy happening in the middle of the season. Now as for the tragedy episode, it worked well when it was the Supermarket shooting or the Tornado, but as for the plane landing on the street, I felt this was over the top and made me wonder what would happen in the next seasons. Would we have aliens, zombies, Mecha Streisand (wait they did it in South Park)?Read more ›
When viewers last left Wisteria Lane at the end of Season Five of "Desperate Housewives", a new family was moving into the neighborhood.
Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos") plays the new housewife on the Lane. Angie Bolen is a brash Italian New Yorker who brings with her to the suburbs her twitchy husband Nick and son Danny. What would new residents be without some dark secret? Well, it seems Angie and her two men are hiding out from the Feds because of some terrorist activity in their past.
The Bolen clan's arrival coincides with a rash of stranglings in Fairview, and the most recent young female victim is Susan's daughter Julie Mayer!
At first I didn't care for the Angie character, but when things start really cooking in the second half of the season, I was really rooting for her and was sorry she won't be back next season.
It was great to see Angie bail Bree out of a jam, TWICE this season. Another fun moment occurs when Angie gets some news about the person blackmailing her. That slight grin of satisfaction in the hospital was priceless!
It was a welcome change to have de Matteo replace Nicollette Sheridan, because I felt Edie's slutty ways were getting old.
Speaking of old, as the season began I was praying it was NOT Susan under that bridal veil. For some reason the writers seem to think all viewers want to see is she and Mike. I wish the pair of them had been written out of the show along with Edie. I was sick of their on-and-off again romance by the end of Season Three.
Although I wasn't thrilled with the reunion of Susan and Mike, the good thing that comes of that is that Dana Delany finally gets some decent material to work with after a dull Season Five.Read more ›