7.5/10 on IMDB and 8.1/10 in TV.com – Desperate Housewives was first broadcasted on 3rd October 2004. And since then, it has garnered huge fandom across the globe and that is evident with 8 successful seasons. For the uninitiated, Desperate Housewives is an American mystery comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. Currently, it is available on Amazon Prime. The story is set on a fictional suburban area of the USA named Fairview. The street where the characters live is known as Wisteria Lane. 5 housewives befriend each other coming from different backgrounds and the story is narrated or seen through the eyes of their late friend who dies in the pilot episode. This set of housewives were desperate to live their lives, take their challenges, commit their mistakes, and learn from their mistakes.
Over a span of 2004-2012 – it made the fans love these characters, hate them, and also learn many lessons from them. But the current generation also watches it and loves it. I started to watch it recently and within 1 and half months I have reached the 7th season. There is so much to love and learn both. So, here are some of the life lessons that I have observed from the show. Hope you will also find them useful.
Money Is Definitely Not Everything:
One of the most loved characters from the series is Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) or Gabby. She was a successful model and that’s what she always wanted to become. Her priorities were too clear to her – she just wanted to be rich, shop the best clothes in the world, and have all the best jewelry, makeup, and shoes in her closet. So, quite obviously, she gets hitched to a very successful businessman named Carlos Solis (Ricardo Antonio Chavira). Carlos is always busy in his business trips and conference meetings and to relieve her monotony she starts an affair with John – her gardener. She also ends up spending more time in shopping and salons. When the couple tries for surrogacy, the biological mother is reluctant to give her child to the Solis. Thus, a bank full of money also cannot fulfill their emptiness.
People Have Their Dark & Deep Secrets:
Everyone you see walking on the road, shouting on the phone, or waiting for someone on a park bench – has secrets. Their secrets and reasons are best known to them. You are no one to judge them. You may see them smile or dance at a party – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their share of sorrow or secrets to hide from the world. In every season of Desperate Housewives, a new member or family comes to stay on Wisteria Lane with their baggage of deep and scary secrets.
Your True Love Can Come More Than Once:
“True love happens only once” – this is an age-old theory. In the practical world, you actually change with time and broaden your thoughts and it is absolutely ok to fall in love more than once. Bree Van De Kamp played by Marcia Cross falls in love with a psycho pharmacist after the death of her husband. After the death of the psycho pharmacist, she falls for a dentist – Orson Hodge. Later, she divorces him too and starts dating someone who is 17 years younger to her. She was simply true to herself and enjoyed her time (in the show) – and that’s what we all should do in life.
To Err Is Human:
Alexander Pope said this phrase centuries ago. But do all of us understand the gravity of this phrase? Everyone commits a mistake. Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher) goes to pry at Eddie’s place and accidentally burns it down. After divorcing Carlos, Gabby starts her affair with the Mayor of Fairview who turns out to be a psycho. So, see no one is actually perfect. That’s why forgiving is a must. Someone forgave you too when you committed a mistake and that’s the cycle in which life functions.
Accept The Change & Be The Winner:
We all have notions about ourselves in our minds. But believe me, all that changes with time and situation. You end up knowing your new limits and strengths. Gabby was an ex-model whose motto was never to have a baby but by 5th season we see her as a happy mother. Lynette was shown as a dedicated advertising person who would have never thought to be a full-time mother. But once in her sabbatical, she enjoys motherhood more than anything else. Bree Van De Kamp was shown as a full-time housewife who later becomes a successful chef and cookbook author.
Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover:
The moment Eddie Britt is shown on screen – you will have reasons to hate her. She is literally a b**ch. Eddie tried to snatch Mike Delfino from Susan Mayer. She also started a live-in relationship with Karl Mayer and later Carlos Solis (ex-husband of Susan Mayer & Gabrielle Solis). Eddie is again someone who is great at sassy dialogues and insulting people. But inside her also lies a caring mother who loves her son too much. But she keeps her son away from herself because she is not able to provide him a great life like her husband. Therefore, judging a book by its cover should not be a practice.
There are many more things to learn from Desperate Housewives and I can go on and on with that. But for now, these are all I can share. Do share your views and learnings from Desperate Housewives.