1 Introduction 2
2 Background Information
2.1 The Series “Desperate Housewives” 3
2.2 The Opening Credits 4
3 The Paintings
3.1 Modification 5
3.2 Seduction 6
3.3 Motherhood 9
3.4 Perfect Housewife 11
3.5 Aged Woman 14
4 Conclusion 16
5.1 Bibliography 17
5.2 Images 18 1 Introduction
“In the town of Fairview there’s a street called Wisteria Lane; a peaceful cul-de-sac with manicured lawns and beautiful houses. It’s a place where you know all your neighbors and your neighbors know all about you. It’s the perfect suburban fantasy.
But, behind every picket fence there are secrets.”
It is this look behind the perfect facade which constitutes the individual character of the TV series ‘Desperate Housewives’. By doing so, the problems, secrets and fears of the women shall be revealed.
Another aspect of the series has to be mentioned as being remarkable: the opening credits. On the opposite to “typical television show opens, which merely introduce the characters and setting”, famous pieces of art compose a flowing storyline.
Having aroused my interest, I wondered how for example a painting of ‘Adam and Eve’ from the Middle Ages suits the housewives of the present, portrayed in the show. This question led to the title of my work: “Analysis of the Paintings Displayed in the Opening Credits of ‘Desperate Housewives’”.
In the following work I will give some background information about Desperate Housewives and the opening. Afterwards, the first four paintings, displayed in there, will be compared to the main characters of the series.
By doing so, I intend to analyse to what extend the opening credits do meet the spirit of the American TV series.
2 Background Information
2.1 The Series “Desperate Housewives”
The American TV-series Desperate Housewives was set up by US-author Marc Cherry, whose company Cherry Productions produces it together with ABC Studios and various other Co-producers. "Since its premiere on ABC on October 3, 2004, the show has been well received by viewers and critics alike. The show is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award winner". Today channels all around the world broadcast the series. Millions of people enjoy the so called 'dramedy', a term for the series, which I intend to explain in the following paragraph.
Desperate Housewives, a mixture of comedy and drama, observes the life of the four main characters Susan Mayer (Terri Hatcher), Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) and Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), inhabitants of the Wisteria Lane. The setting in the fictive town of Fairview serves as a reflection of common middle-class American suburbs, where, since it is made clear on the basis of the events, life is not as...