Desperate Housewives



When I think about a show that portrays death, I automatically think of Desperate Housewives. I have been a fan of this show since the beginning and there had been many deaths through out the eight seasons the show had. Desperate Housewives is a drama series that follows the life of four women that live on Wisteria Lane in a suburban neighborhood. The show is portrayed through the eyes of a neighbor that committed suicide in the first episode. The show continues by showing the struggles of life and the hidden secrets all the housewives had. It is a great series with comedy, drama, and mystery. 

As you can see, death was introduced in the very first episode when the neighbor committed suicide. It was something unexpected and a very strong topic to bring up right away in the start of a new series. Throughout the seasons, there were many deaths that involved murder, shooting, suicide, and overdose. There were many different ways in which the characters would die. I do feel like most of the death were helpful in the way that the way the deaths occurred were realistic. But many of the situations were random and unrealistic to the way things really happen. I feel like shows like these make death look like it is the way out when things do not go the right way. Most of the characters in the show did not die of naturally causes and murder just became a norm throughout the series. With every death that occurred, the community in the show acted like any neighborhood would; sad and speechless. They would mourn, attend the funeral, and show their respect to loved ones. The way the characters would die would seem unrealistic at times but the way society would react seemed more realistic in the way most people in that situation would act. The show does a great job at showing that sometimes accidents do happen and people end up dying, whether in a tragic way or by a natural cause. 

One of my favorite parts of the show has to be the finale of the series. The series ended with one of the main characters driving down the the street looking at all the houses and thinking of all the memories she had while living there. As she is driving down looking at each house, it shows the ghost of all the people that have died throughout the series looking and smiling at her. To me, that was a great way to show how even though they have died, they were always there looking after her and many people believe that happens when a loved one has died. Overall I definitely feel media influences our understanding of death and dying. Desperate Housewives is a great show that demonstrates that. Click on the link to show the final scene in which shows the ghost and shows how each character has dead throughout the series. 


2 thoughts on “Desperate Housewives

  1. As a fellow desperate housewives fan I completely agree with you. This show does an exemplary job of demonstrating many deaths and the ways a neighborhood would cope with the loss of friends. Although, a majority of the deaths were murder, for the dramatic nature of the show, some were natural. For example, Karen McClusky, on the show became ill with cancer. When the cancer became too much for her to fight she first asked her husband to assist in her suicide. He could not bare to do it! Which I think would be extremely hard for most spouses. So she then asked her neighbor, one of the main housewives, Bree to help assist in her suicide. Karen begins to explain that she cannot let cancer defeat her and taking her own life would be better. It is interesting how they decided to portray this and who they had help her in the end of her life.

  2. I am also a Desperate Housewives fan but I didn’t even think of this show when I was considering my blog post. I have become so accustomed to seeing dramatic deaths in tv dramas that it’s effect on me has lessened. I think all the deaths in the series were very dramatized, even to the point where the deaths were more surprising than sad. In a tv series like Desperate Housewives you really become attached to the characters because you are used to seeing them each week. When one of those characters dies, it almost feels like a personal loss for the viewer. In that respect I think the deaths in the show are portrayed in a realistic way because death is usually unexpected. Great post!

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