Published on October 25th, 2012 | by Greg0
Desperate Housewives Season 8: A Grand Finale
We recently posted about family drama, in cinema form. But why have a limited degree of it, a mere couple of hours, when you could enjoy dozens of episodes over several seasons? When it first aired, this show was, believe it or not, a bit of a game-changer. Winner of multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards, it was apparently still the most-watched “comedy” show (yes, really) internationally last year.
The show is none other than Desperate Housewives, and specifically the eighth and final season of the show, now available in a five-disk DVD set from ABC Studios. By the end of the season, which last aired in May of this year, it was the longest-running hour-long female-led drama to run on American television. Some fun trivia: originally, most networks turned it down, including Lifetime, HBO, CBS, NBC, Fox, and even Showtime. And the name was a matter of debate, with executives suggesting it be called Wisteria Lane instead. Showrunner Marc Sherry kept the suspense humming over it’s lengthy run, and the ensemble cast (Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria among them) kept everyone tuning in to see how the families and their wide range of issues would progress. Keep in mind: the show premiered in the same season as Lost!
Losing a bit of its edge towards the increasingly drawn-out finale, they shook things up with a very risky five-year leap forward a few seasons back. And though most early seasons had a strong overarching plot, by the end, the series was primarily trying to create, tie, and untie knots. Larger mysteries got pushed aside a bit, and the plot synopsis for the season involves a new neighbor, another murder and cover-up (setup in the previous season), and the usual pregnancy and addiction issues that are synonymous with soap operatics. The season finale is surprisingly strong, though, and it’s hard not to care a lot about the characters that have actually, truly changed a lot over the preceding near-decade. It’s a solid, satisfying resolution, even if folks like Katherine Mayfair get little screen time and the comedy part of the show was nearly non-existent towards the end.
It’s hard to argue with the value here- 23 episodes in total and 987 minutes, plus a cute bonus feature titled “I Guess This Is Goodbye” with interviews reflecting on the show. Available now, unrated, for under $30.