16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2012
Series Finale: May 13, 2012
Ah "Desperate Housewives". The time has finally come to an end. Now what I am going to do on Sunday nights? This show has managed to keep me entertained now for eight seasons with enough twist, turns, and drama to make me dizzy.
I enjoyed this season. I feel that the series "went out" while it still had a good, solid fan base. Even though this was the last season it was NOT short on Mystery, humor, and the ever present drama that we all love. The finale showed exactly what I wanted to see, which was how the writers were going to conclude the story-lines of the four main characters: Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby and I was not disappointed.
As much as I enjoyed this show, all good things must come to an end sadly, this was "Desperate Housewives" time. Wisteria Lane will live on now through DVD'S.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
When ABC and creator/executive producer Marc Cherry announced during the summer of 2011 that the upcoming eighth season of "Desperate Housewives" would be its last, it probably came as little surprise for a series that was showing its age quite a bit. When it premiered in the fall of 2004, "Housewives," along with its fellow freshman series "Lost" were the breakout hits of the 2004-2005 television season and gave new ratings vitality to the ABC network. Since then, "Desperate Housewives" had lost favor with critics following its well-publicized and messy sophomore slump. Viewers also gradually declined each season after the first year as the Sunday night landscape became crowded by the likes of "Sunday Night Football," "Family Guy," "The Walking Dead," and "Dexter," and TV viewership as a whole dropped with the rise of DVRs and online viewing. Still, "Desperate Housewives" continued to be an important player on Sundays and the fact that "Housewives" had kept its 9 p.m. timeslot for the entirety of its 8-year run shows the level of confidence ABC had in it. Furthermore, "Housewives" still held onto a very dedicated (although much smaller than the highs reached in season 1) fanbase that continued to tune in every Sunday for their weekly dose of soap opera, wit, and popcorn crime drama that "Desperate Housewives" was known for.
The fact that "Desperate Housewives" was a declining show on the outside said very little about it creatively, as those who stuck around after the second season would realize that for much of its eight years, the show had been remarkably steady. While detractors may point to many of the seasonal "disaster episodes" "Housewives" became famous (or infamous) for as "jumping the shark" moments, the show always managed to keep the soap opera elements grounded and character-based and never looping off out-of-control. The point of the show was that it juxtaposed ordinary, everyday suburban life with brief bursts of high drama and excitement that sought to bring a sinister element to this seemingly idyllic and peaceful street and urged its viewers to look underneath the surface to find the hidden truths of human life.
Season 8 of "Desperate Housewives" perhaps ranks up there as one of the most cohesive final seasons ever. The first episode continues where season 7 left off after the murder of Gaby's abusive stepfather, Alejandro, whom Carlos killed in order to protect Gaby who was left cornered after Alejandro broke into their house and was physically intimidating her. Upon finding Gaby and Carlos with Alejandro's body, Bree, Lynette, and Susan make a pact with Gaby to cover up the murder and keep the secret to themselves, panicking that Carlos being a two-time offender, Alejandro being unarmed, and the question of whether deadly force was justified would not convince a jury to find Carlos innocent. This season-long plot forms "Housewives'" strongest mystery story arc since the first season. Of course, it should comes as no surprise, since, in a great twist and bookend to the entire series, it harkens back to Mary Alice by placing all four women into the same predicament that their long-deceased friend and the series' narrator was in before she ended her life. Not since the first season had the season mystery so permeated the individual housewives' storylines, especially with episodes like "Secrets That I Never Want to Know" and "Putting it Together" which were entirely driven by the central mystery and how each housewife dealt with the consequences. This gave the season a tighter plot and pacing.
Eight years is a success for any series but "Desperate Housewives" in particular owed a lot of that to its four female leads at the center. With all the recent failed shows featuring the four-women formula (Cashmere Mafia, Pan Am, GCB), it's easy to take for granted how successful "Desperate Housewives" was in breaking through and creating that indelible foursome of Bree, Susan, Lynette, and Gabrielle. Season 8 feels very much (to quote Mary Alice) like "the beginning of the end" as each housewife's series-long story arc is brought to a close. The important thing to keep in mind is that "Desperate Housewives" has always been cyclical in nature and it's fitting that the end finds the housewives in a familiar but more mature place than where they started. It is clear that these characters have grown. Gaby is still materialistic, but she is less selfish and has grown tremendously from that spoiled girl in season 1. Bree's cold and icy exterior has melted away to reveal someone who is more accepting of her flaws, more accepting of her gay son, and has learned to be warmer and caring. Lynette, who in season 1 was driven crazy by her four young kids, is a lot more relaxed and has a better perspective on who she is as a wife, mother, and career woman. And Susan has had the most bittersweet arc of the entire series and in many ways is the heart of the series as the final moments of the series finale indicate. Many fans don't approve of her controversial storyline towards the end, but I found it appropriate and sad. The final few episodes focused on the one relationship of Susan's that I actually preferred and loved the most over all the others. It was purposefully done to show her growth from that season 1 Susan who was tripping over herself trying to get Mike's attention. The Susan you see in the series finale is one who is a lot wiser and subdued. The entire season might have had a sense of an ending throughout it, but the clever conclusion to the series finale also gave you a sense of a beginning as well (going back to the cyclical nature of "Housewives"). As long as there is a street called Wisteria Lane, there will always be desperate people and deep secrets. And that's wonderful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
The best thing about "Desperate Housewives" final season is that it nicely bookends Season 1 by going back to its' roots and entangling ALL the women in the same mystery.
With Gabby's abusive stepfather dead and the ladies banding together to keep the nasty secret, this season has a more cohesive feel to it. Fans of Marcia Cross/Bree will be delighted because she practically assumes lead status here as her character is the one who steps up to the plate when the majority of suspicion falls upon her. The writers take Bree as far away as possible from the demure Miss Manners stereotype she was in the beginning and Cross rises to the occasion wonderfully. She always was my favorite and doesn't disappoint here.
Vanessa Williams' character Renee comes across more sympathetic this season as she's not used to generate friction among any of the characters like she was last year.
This being the finale, the producers kill off several characters and not just peripheral ones like they did in the past. We also get some surprise and welcome returns from departed characters of seasons' past to help bring closure.
A great end to one of the best series of the last decade. While it's not as good as Seasons 1 or 3, it's still miles better than the poor shows ABC is foisting on the public as replacements (the now-cancelled "GCB" and boring, overrated "Revenge").
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2012
I LOVE 'Desperate Housewives'! I own every season, I have watched and enjoyed every episode! I know that I'm the exception to the rule with regards to my sentiments about the show, but I honestly loved every season of show- I don't feel that 'Desperate Housewives' lost any of its magic in later seasons. Like all good things the show had to come to an end, and I feel that Season 8 was the right time to finish the series, because the show was still great! The final season had it all- mystery, friendships, drama, romance, breakups etc, and HUMOUR!! I thought the Final Episode was generally well executed, except for the final 5 minutes which were unnecessary and disappointing. Marc Cherry, in the final minutes, didn't need to tell the audience that the 4 central characters playing cards together were doing so for the very last time, before going there seperate ways! It just didn't make sense that these women that had been great friends for years and survived extraordinary circumstances together, would in a short space of time leave Wisteria Lane and not stay in touch! Furthermore, Marc Cherry should not have told the audience what the main characters did with their seperate lives MANY YEARS into the future- this should have been left to the audiences imagination!! However, please keep in mind my criticism only relates to the final minutes of the final episode. The Final Season of 'Desperate Housewives' was consistantly brilliant! I highly recommend you buy ALL 8 Seasons of the show, it will provide you with many years of viewing pleasure!!!