“Desperate Housewives”: I want a divorce

I was obsessed with “Desperate Housewives” that first glorious season. I used to get together with a large group of friends and watch every episode. I would sometimes even re-watch scenes I really liked when I got home from the “DH” party.

Dh1_2Then came season two. Some shows have sophomore slumps but this was ridiculous. The episodes ranged from disappointing to unwatchable. And as much as I love Alfre Woodard, the whole slow, homicidal son locked in the basement storyline was just stupid. Still, Marcia Cross’ lovely OCD-afflicted Bree kept me tuning in. I guess I always hoped it would return to form.

Season three was better, but still not up to snuff. It needed more of the mystery and magic long missing since season one. Susan lost in the woods was nearly a jump-the-shark moment for me. And Marcia Cross’ maternity leave really sucked the life out of the show. Why I’m still planning to give season four a chance is the only mystery remaining.

Of our panelists who listed “Desperate Housewives” on our season pass list, 75% of us said we were very close to giving up on it and another gave up last season.

This season the neighborhood will see the addition of a gay couple, played by Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm, and a new family (Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion and Lyndsy Fonseca) moving in. According to TV Guide, the family has a dark secret. Please let it not be a relative locked in a dungeon or a deceased person in the basement freezer … again. Also Sarah Polley joins as Lynette’s sister who moves to town to help Lynette as she goes through cancer treatments.

I sincerely hope the additions add some life to Wisteria Lane. Otherwise, my thumb is poised over the “delete this season pass” button.

— Kathy Lyford

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