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'Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season'
(Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, Marcia Cross, et al / 5-Disc DVD / PG-13 / 2010 / ABC Studios)

Overview: The housewives have endured extreme change together, for better or worse in this action-packed season that includes the exciting addition of Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo), the tough new neighbor with a mysterious past. Filled with non-stop action and mischief, Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season comes loaded with bonus features and never-before-seen material, sure to delight and surprise even the most loyal fans!

DVD Verdict: 'Desperate Housewives' continued on its downward spiral during this sixth season. Ratings dwindled and the writers made the same mistakes during seasons two and three. The show became about six different shows, with the housewives living in their isolated plot lines. Rarely did two housewives overlap story-wise, or even cross paths for that matter. The special bond these women share was sorely missed this season.

What's perhaps more upsetting is the way the season's central mystery, Angie Bolen and her family, was treated. Since season four, the mysteries have been easily solved by viewers within the first few episodes. Season six was different, but not because it was as complex as earlier mysteries, but because we were left completely in the dark. For the entire first half of the season, not one clue about this family was revealed.

Instead, we were distracted with a sub-mystery about a serial strangler. (Though it appeared the two were connected, they weren't.) Then, by the middle of the season, it was clear that Angie was a terrorist and was on the run from a man named Patrick Logan. Bam, mystery solved (save for a few minor details) with half a season to go! And, I might mention, in that second half of the season, the show's darkness is consumed by sitcom-esque comedy.

Of course, that's all the negative qualities about the season. There are positive attributes. For example, the first half of the season was deliciously dark, something that had been missing during season five. As mentioned, the Bolen mystery was unsolvable due to lack of clues in the first half. While this isn't exactly a good thing, it's preferable to being able to solve the mystery three episodes in.

Katherine's (Dana Delany) descent into a nervous breakdown was probably the highlight of the season. It was both funny, captivating, and dramatic. Bree's afair, Susan's quest to identify the town strangler, and Lynette and Gabrielle's feud were also excellent storylines.

Overall, the season was probably the show's worst (yes, even worse than season five). The characters were isolated, the mystery was straight-forward, and the tone shifted to light comedy halfway through. That said, this is still entertaining television. If you have all or most of the other seasons on DVD, I recommend adding this to your collection. It's a must for all DH fans! [AV] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Bloopers
Deleted Scenes
Cherry Picked – creator Marc Cherry’s favorite scenes
Master Class – Behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew to learn more about what it takes to be an actor on one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows on television today.
Miss Piggy Gets Desperate – Miss Piggy, accompanied by her producer Pepe, will meet the ladies one on one to find out “their story”. How did each of them become part of the sexiest cast on the hottest television show in America? Miss Piggy wants to know EVERY single detail.

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