Desperate Housewives: Season 6
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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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Ominous and evil characters - the Bolens move into Wisteria Lane and take up the house in which the previous inhabitant had committed suicide. Soon things become sinister and people start getting 'bumped' off apart from beautiful girls who suddenly vanish. Susan Mayer's daughter, Julie, is hospitalized and Susan is left to grieve - bringing out Teri Hatcher's acting ability that is as flawless as she considers everyone to be.
Lynette and Tom are expecting the stock to visit them and their children find it strange that their parents are "still at it". Later when Angie Bolen is in danger the surprising life-saver is none other than Gabriel, who puts her own life on the line.
Unfortunately the extras with this sixth season are very few, which leaves the viewer 'wanting more'- gasping for more. That apart: Too many new characters and story-lines seem to have drowned out the lives of the main players. Let's hope that Marc Cherry creates a better "packaged" and juicier storyline in Season Seven.
I do strongly feel that something should - read MUST - be done about the packing of the DVDs in Season Seven. Season Six packing left a lot to be desired. The flimsy middle partition that contained DVDs on either side is certainly not the best way to package DVDs. That aside Desperate Housewives Season Six is series worth possessing on DVDs.
Susan, after so much drama and terrible experiences finally gets her happiness again, remarrying Mike Delfino, her show's regular beau. Lynette has to deal with her pregnancy and Bree with her affair with Karl Meyer, Susan's ex-husband. Gabrielle, now mother from last season, has another child to take care of, Carlos's neice, Ana, a troublesome teenager from the start.
Meanwhile, the most troubled housewife probably remains the one that isn't one: Katherine. Having to deal with Susan and Mike's relationship, and her own failed one, she isn't someone to be called stable in this season for those who are fans of her.
The show also introduces a new family onto Wisteria Lane: Angie Bolen, and interesting, historical last, name, fitting to the fiery spirit this mother has when protecting her family. Also included in this seasons wild showings is a plane crash right in the middle of the lane, and the reprecussions from that, as well as a mysterious strangler who begins to kill and hurt many of our girls.
Definitely a great season not to be missed.
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