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On October 3, 2004, 21.64 million American viewers tuned in for the series premiere of Desperate Housewives on ABC. That was pretty astonishing considering ABC had been on a downward trend for years and the premiere of Lost on September 22 had already exceeded the network's expectations with 18.65 million viewers. What were the chances that ABC would strike gold twice in one television season after years and years of failed attempts to bring back the network's glory days. ABC would go on for a third strike with Grey's Anatomy in February 2005, but out of the three glorious new shows of 2004-05, Desperate Housewives was a cut above the rest.Fast forward to October 3, 2014, the once tentpole for ABC scripted content has been dead for two years now. Back in 2004, we would have thought the show would last a minimum of 10 years. It had the ratings that showed there was no end in sight, especially with a weekly average of over 20 million viewers consistently between 2004 and 2006 (only one episode hit below 20 million for the show's first 57 episodes on October 22, 2006). It seems when the new year came around and 2007 was upon us, the show couldn't regain the 20 million reign anymore. Only one episode from 2007 to 2012 ever achieved 20 million viewers and that was for the disaster episode of season four. It seemed strange that a show that never went below 20 million for two years straight now couldn't manage that at all. The glory days of Desperate Housewives were then shattered as ratings continued to lower every season since the breakout first season, but the show remained respectable enough to warrant an eighth and final season in 2011. Though ratings may not have been impressive for the last couple of seasons, those ratings do not reflect the enjoyment I had of the show, or the audience's. Competition heated up as the show aged, as well as the ever-growing DVR and internet streaming options. Either way, Desperate Housewives is a classic in its own right and will forever be remembered as the show that changed the face of a flagging ABC forever.Now the show reaches ten years old, I take a look back at each of the show's scandalous seasons and the all-time best episodes - this is the ultimate Desperate Housewives 10-Year Anniversary Review. Yes, the show may be over, but the legacy lives on.Season 1 (2004-05)"My name is Mary Alice Young. When you read this morning's paper you may come across an article about the unusual day I had last week. Normally there is never anything newsworthy about my life, but that all changed last Thursday. Of course, everything seemed quite normal at first. I made breakfast for my family, I performed my chores, I completed my projects, I ran my errands. In truth, I spent the day as I spent every other day, quietly polishing the routine of my life, until it gleamed with perfection. That's why it was so astonishing when I decided to go to my hallway closet and retrieve a revolver that had never been used." - Mary Alice Young in 'Pilot'.Season one's very first episode is one of my favourite episodes of all-time, as well as my favourite pilot of any show ever. I had never been so taken away by a show from the get-go as much as I did with Desperate Housewives. Bare in mind, I began watching the show in December 2006 where I plowed through the first two seasons on DVD then had time to watch the third season as it aired in the United Kingdom from January 2007. So I watched the first season in a matter of days! I think every fan of the show agrees that the first season was the height of the show's fantastic writing. Would I say the show went downhill after the first season? Okay, so maybe it did. But season one is not my favourite season but I can appreciate and respect the fact that the first season is unbeatable in terms of quality. Season one highlights some fantastic episodes and storylines that rise above the majority of the seven following seasons.Firstly though, we are introduced to Mary Alice Young who unexplainably kills herself in the first couple of minutes. Watching from above, she welcomes us to Susan Mayer, the klutz with a growing love for the new man on the street, Mike Delfino. What Susan doesn't know is that Mike has a secret agenda that ties to the main mystery of the show - why did Mary Alice kill herself? Susan isn't the only woman trying to get her claws on the fresh meat, but Edie Britt gives Susan some tough competition. As Mary Alice put it: "Susan had met the enemy and she was a slut". With some hilarious misfortunes, Susan also has to raise her only daughter, Julie Mayer. After going through a bitter divorce with her cheating ex-husband Karl Mayer, Susan focuses on the main mystery at hand while trying to bag her man. Susan also burns down Edie's house, which Edie retaliates and burns hers down later in the season. Their rivaly/friendship is hilarious and awesome to watch. During the first season, Susan was my favourite character as I loved her sillyness and adorable persona. I know a lot of people don't like Susan and consider her the worst housewife, but honestly, I love them all. I couldn't hate any of them.Among the main ensemble is Lynette Scavo, a stay-at-home mom of four very young kids while her husband, Tom Scavo, is usually away from home working. This puts a huge strain on Lynette's sanity as she is pushed by her kids, testing her limits. It was quite the eye-opener for me to watch how miserable and upset Lynette would become with her kids. Her frustration reminded me of my own mother who would struggle with me and my siblings as we were growing up but she still managed to look after us. I honestly have the most admiration for Lynette as she really had to put up with a lot. You really can't help but feel empathy for her. She struggles to keep things steamy with her husband and she struggles with raising her kids. It's a bleak situation for Lynette but she pulls through regardless.Another wonderful main character is Bree Van de Kamp, the woman who puts the true meaning into "housewife". She is practically perfect in every way and everybody on Wisteria Lane thinks so, well, except her own family. They can't stand her and you can see how much that hurts Bree. Firstly, her husband, Rex Van de Kamp wants a divorce. Her daughter, Danielle, rebels frequently and her son, Andrew, runs over Carlos Solis's mother before coming out as gay. Bree's perfect world is literally falling apart around her and she really can't do anything to stop it. She meets George Williams, a pharmacist who ends up killing her husband. I have to say, one of the best scenes of the entire series was when Bree found out Rex had passed away in hospital. She just finishes cleaning the cutlery, sits down and just lets it all out. I was honestly moved by this and it reduced me to tears. At first, I thought because she was so perfect and uptight I would end up hating her. Truth is, looking back at the show, she is probably the best character of the series and might be my favourite overall. I have this struggle, you see, to really pick a favourite but Bree is definitely a contender.Ready to meet the funniest housewife who ends up getting most of the funniest storylines? The gorgeous Gabrielle Solis rounds out the main cast to add that extra sauce to the already juicy show. She is married to Carlos Solis who doesn't seem to care much about his wife to begin with - buying her fancy things instead of paying any attention to her. Gabby retaliates by sleeping with her sexy gardener, John Rowland. The pair almost get caught a couple of times until Carlos goes on an unintentional gay-bashing crusade to find out who is sleeping with his wife. Gabby also has it tough when she finds out she is pregnant after Carlos tampered with her birth control. He goes off to jail and it leaves Gabby vulnerable. Gabby may be the less serious of the housewives but she can still sell the more dramatic storylines.I won't be going through the main character's storylines through each season, just the important ones. It was important to introduce these characters though to give some story. I found each housewife, including Edie, absolutely wonderful. They had electric chemistry that was supported by the quality storylines they were given to compliment each actress. They played to their strengths and boy did they steam up the screen. The Mystery was fantastic. It unfolded naturally, unlike some of the following seasons, and was completely unpredictable. It was hard for the show to live up to that. Season one set the bar for the show extremely high and it was only natural that Desperate Housewives couldn't really jump that high again. In my opinion, I do have one season that I favour over the first but that's coming up. Episode Spotlight: One Wonderful Day. The season finale was the most perfect season finale fans could have asked for to wrap up the season-long storyline. It did so in spectacular fashion with plenty of answers that felt natural and completely shocking. Everything tied up in a neat little bow while delivering some shocking developments to make sure that the second season will start with a bang. The death of Rex was spectacularly done and Bree's breakdown following the phone call was inspired. Perfect, perfect episode. A lot of season one episodes were fantastic, but the finale lived up to the season.Season 2 (2005-06)Season two, as described by many fans and critics, was disappointing. Fair enough, I can agree with them but only because it had to follow season one. That isn't really fair. When I look back at the show, I remember that season two still had some fantastic storylines and episodes. Looking back, season two wasn't all that bad. Yes, the writing suffered a little. Yes, season one was miles better. But now the whole series is complete, could you really say that season two was the worst? I wouldn't, at least.The storyline highlights. Susan's on-and-off-again relationship with Mike, especially when she chases after his car in the wedding dress. Oh my God that had me crying. We also had the aftermath of Zach turning out to be Mike's son and Susan trying to deal with that the best she can, even when he was in love with Julie. Edie also started a relationship with Karl, Susan's ex-husband, so the pair continued their rivalry. Gabby continued her dilemma with being pregnant, but an incident by falling down the stairs forces her to a miscarriage - so heartbreaking. She realises she wants children and so she adopts, only to have that child taken away from her too. Compared to season one, Gabby had it so much harder in the second season. Lynette returns to work as she used to be so amazing at what she did but raising her children had become first in her life. Returning to work puts strains on her family though and you can see that through her relationship with Tom. This comes to a head when she finds out Tom had an affair years ago which resulted in the birth of a girl named Kayla. Bree hits it hard too as she becomes a widow, dates the person who murdered her husband and kicks her son out - all the while building an addiction to alcohol. We also had new housewife, Betty Applewhite, headline the season with her new mystery involving her sons. Following the mystery of Mary Alice, the season two mystery fell flat. I think that is why season two was mainly regarded in its time to be disappointing. I watched the season in less than a week so I didn't have to wait like everybody when it first aired so it wasn't so bad for me. If you watch the season without interruption, the mystery isn't as terrible as first considered. To me, it's still much better than the season six mystery, but we'll get to that later.Episode Spotlight: Remember, Parts One and Two. Again, the finale stole the season for me. The entire season was hit and miss, with some considerable classics within a mixture of good and not-so-good episodes, but the finale was extremely entertaining. The mystery is wrapped up (thank God) but we are also treated to wonderful flashbacks to life before the series. We see how each of the housewives landed on Wisteria Lane and how they lived. It was so amazing to see some familiar faces again that had gone from the show, such as Rex. It just felt like it was normal - the flashbacks were so well done that they were convincing. Usually flashbacks fall short on shows and you can tell their fake, but the 2-episode finale was anything but. Not as good as season one's finale but a worthy successor none-the-less.Season 3 (2006-07)Desperate Housewives returned to its top form when entering its third season. Seriously, following the rocky second season, I was so pleased that the third season returned the show to some glory. Not only was it so enjoyable from start to finish but it rekindles my undying love for the show every single time I rewatch it. While there are a couple of episodes that are not very favourable to me, every season is allowed those episodes and season three does have its thorns. Fortunately, the majority of the episodes and storylines are worth watching.This is probably the season where Susan started to become less of my favourite character as others really shone. I still loved Susan but I thought her storyline with Ian wasn't as fantastic as the other ladies' storylines. It was heartbreaking to see Mike get ran over as I genuinely thought he was dead or wouldn't remember Susan ever. It was pretty horrible of Edie to manipulate him to fall for her, but I thought Edie and Carlos were actually a good little couple. I loved it when they played happy families with her son Travis. There was also more interaction between Edie and Susan as Julie began dating Austin, so there were some heated moments. Gabby had split up with Carlos, and the scenes of them trashing the house in Bang was hilarious. Gabby then meets Victor Lang who, I thought, was a pretty good addition to the cast at first as he really was a different kind of character to what we were used to.Lynette deals with singular problems mainly this season rather than a large arc. She's forced to deal with Tom and how he wants to chase his dreams, leading to the opening of the Pizzeria. Before that though, she is put head-to-head with Tom's ex-mistress Nora and her child with Tom, Kayla. In the show's best episode ever, Nora is killed and Lynette is asked to look after Kayla which is a huge ask. Lynette also deals with a peadophile on the street. I thought that storyline was so well done as I genuinely thought Lynette had just jumped the gun, but it turned out she was right. Then finally we learn she has cancer towards the end of the season and that is quite the shock. Bree becomes involved with the season's mystery, though it only lasts just over half of the season. Thankfully, this worked. Having a dragged-out season-long mystery worked in the first season but didn't in the second, so the third season had the mystery of Orson Hodge last around 14 episodes. The mystery involved Mike too and introduced us to the crazy mother and ex-wife of Orson - both were excellent additions to the cast. They really tested Bree's patience but seeing Bree happy with Orson was amazing. I genuinely thought Bree and Orson were meant to be (until that all went to pot later in the series). Orson ran Mike over as it turned out, and Orson's mother killed Monique (the woman Orson was married to) and she tries to kill Bree in spectacular fashion. It was so exciting. Then Bree had to leave Wisteria Lane as Marcia Cross was ready to pop out a baby until she returned for the finale.The mystery worked in season three. It just clicked. There was so much excitement involved in the season including Bree's near death at the hands of Gloria Hodge and the supermarket hostage. When looking back at season three, I think of it fondly. Characterisation was fantastic and the show was still at its peak.Episode Spotlight: Bang. I think 9 out of 10 fans would say this episode was their favourite in the entire series. It's mine. I keep debating whether this is my favourite, or the following season's disaster episode, but I think Bang just beats it. What was not to love about this episode? The hostage was edge-of-your-seat exciting and so unexpected. It unfolded beautifully and it felt real. How could I forget that scene where Carolyn Bigsby just decides to shoot and kill Nora, just because Lynette revealed Nora had slept with her husband, leading to potentially Felicity Huffman's best performance in the series. I can literally quote the sequence without having to look it up.Lynette: "Who cares? Who cares? We all have pain, every one of us in here has pain, but we deal with it. We swallow it and get going with our lives, what we don't do is go around shooting strangers!"Carolyn: "She deserved it!"Lynette: "Well maybe you deserved to be cheated on!"Chills, absolute chills.Season 4 (2007-08)Yay! Now onto my favourite season of the series. Yes, that's right, season four is my all-time favourite season. Season one is better in terms of quality and writing and whatnot, but I just find season four so much more enjoyable than the first. I remember watching the episodes online after they aired in America and being absolutely amazed by each and every episode. Well, maybe not one or two, but to me, this season had the least bad episodes out of every other season. I just felt that this season was perfect, from start to finish.Firstly, Susan and Mike are expecting a child and are now living life together as a married couple. Finally! It took three seasons but they are together and happy and it's just as we pictured them to be. It made me so happy to see them be happy. Lynette's story isn't as happy. She has to battle cancer and initially she didn't tell the girls. The scene in the premiere where they see her without the wig on for the first time and they realise is so heartbreaking. Two seasons in a row Felicity Huffman steals the spotlight. Not just that though, she has her alcoholic mother to contend to and her very scheming stepdaughter Kayla. The conflict between them two were interesting to watch as it was horrible to see Kayla act out, but at the same time you can understand the young girl's frustrations.Bree tries to hide a fake pregnancy from everyone as she covers for her daughter Danielle being pregnant. The birth leads to some funny shenanigans in the Halloween episode, but Bree's and Orson's relationship continues to blossom and they couldn't have been more perfect for each other. They seriously complimented each other's traits and things couldn't have been better. Until Mike finds out Orson was the one who ran him over which meant Bree found out. That's when everything changed between the couple and things were never the same again, which was a huge shame as Orson went off to prison.Gabrielle returns to her first season roots by having an affair behind her husband's back... with her ex-husband. It was really sweet to see Gabby realise she is meant to be with Carlos, but that meant Edie would be dumped. Edie went to extreme measures to secure Carlos by faking a suicide attempt which almost works. I felt so bad for her. She was finally finding happiness with a guy but the guy loves his ex-wife too much to commit to Edie. Gabby's husband Vic


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