Desperate Housewives: Season 1 Review

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The first series from Wisteria Lane sees Teri Hatcher back on the small, well, any screen.


Marc Cherry's buzzy series doesn’t stand up to a great deal of examination — theories that it’s a Lynchian dissection of suburban life require considerable pretension to work. But where it does succeed massively is as slick soap opera. The sinister ways of the Wisteria Lane ladies are acted with sophistication by the cast (Teri Hatcher being the clear standout) and the dialogue is often as sharp as the stilettos worn by these glossy soccer-mums. Not groundbreaking enough to be the Sex And The City successor it’s been hailed as, it’s more an often-laugh-out-loud-funny Dynasty with subversions.