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Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Eva 10/4/04
I wasn't that excited to see this show and wasn't planning to watch it at
but I must admit it surprised me. The premise of the show is simple: 6
housewives who live in what seems like a picture perfect neighborhood in
the ladies are shocked to discover their lives may not be so perfect when
their friend and neighbor Mary Alice Young takes her own life one morning
doing her chores. ABC calls this a drama, but I consider it an hour long
comedy series, which is a parody of prime time soaps.
The cast is full of
daytime and prime time soap opera actors. The characters are one-dimensional
with not much depth to them at all, but after you watch the show for five
ten minutes you get the idea that the writers meant for them to be that way.
characters include the town tramp, played
by Nicollette Sheridan. The single mother who has been divorced for a year and hasn't
anyone since her divorce. The Stepford wife, as her husband and her
describe her, is played wonderfully by Marcia Cross in a radical departure
days playing the evil Kimberly on Melrose Place. The former career woman who
now a stay-at-home mom of three rowdy boys is played by Felicity Huffman The
last is the wife who is neglected by her husband and starts having an affair with the
man who mows her lawn because she feels like she missed out on life. Mary
Alice Young, the dead woman who narrates the show and is seen in flashbacks, is
by Brenda Strong.
Let's be honest here, this show is for women with the few
in the show mostly being supporting players. However, if you are a man who likes
dark humor, you will love this show. It has great dark humor in it like in
first episode when Eva Longoria's character Gabrielle is told by her
Carlos that he is going to fire the young man who mows the lawn because he
doing his job well, Gabrielle sneaks out in the middle of her husband's
business cocktail party and goes home to mow the lawn with a push mower in
heels and an evening dress. Gabrielle then returns to the party, takes out
few blades of grass that are in her hair, and then takes her place by her
This show is very quirky and different and should be a
for ABC because it has no real competition on Sunday nights. If ABC should
make the mistake of changing the show's day and time, it could suffer
competition from more established shows on other networks. One tends to
though, how many years it can last and how long the writers can keep the
interesting, as has been the case with shows like Ally Mcbeal, Ed, and Twin
peaks which had their own style but the writing quickly became over-the-top or
stale after a few years. My advice, enjoy this show as long as it lasts
it is fun to watch.
On a scale from 1 to 5, my rating is 4.
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