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5 Shows like Desperate Housewives: There’s No Such Thing as Perfect

Take a walk past the white picket fences and perfectly mowed lawns and get behind the scenes of the picture-perfect lifestyles of the elite. You’ll soon find out that all is not what it seems, which is all the more fun for us. If you’re looking for other TV shows like ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘Devious Maids’ will provide 45 minutes of scandalous TV to sink your teeth into each week. If you want even more risqué drama, you can get down and dirty with the girls from ‘Sex and the City’.

Take a Trip down Wisteria Lane

Women all around the world connected with the lives of a group of suburban housewives who ‘cannot’ have enough drama in their lives. ‘Desperate Housewives’ takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride of infidelity, divorce, cancer, deception and many more adventures on Wisteria Lane.

Outstanding performances by Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and the rest of the cast, turn this guilty pleasure into a TV drama that is as addictive as ‘Edie’s boyfriend obsession.

If you’re missing the ladies, let’s take a look at TV series like ‘Desperate Housewives’ to bring a little girl power to your TV.

‘Devious Maids’ (ABC, 2013-Present)

‘Devious Maids’ follows the lives of four ambitious Latino maids in rich Beverley Hills.

Written by Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria – both of ‘Desperate Housewives’ fame – the show follows ‘Evelyn, Carmen, Marisol’ and ‘Zoila’ as they strive to live the American dream.

The show is packed full of great story lines that will get you hooked in no time.

Similarity Match: 95%
Like ‘Desperate Housewives’, these girls thrive on scandal, so be prepared for some jaw-dropping action.

‘Sex and The City’ (HBO, 1998-2004)

There can’t be many people that have not watched at least one episode of ‘Sex and the City’, but if you are that person, now is the time to succumb to the cast’s New York charms.

Follow 30 somethings ‘Carrie’, ‘Samantha, Miranda’ and ‘Charlotte’ as they weave their way in and out of the New York dating scene, with often hilarious – and sometimes devastating – twists along the way.

The show will have you swooning over ‘Mr Big’, putting your head under the blankets with embarrassment, and laughing out loud as ‘Samantha’ tries to get out of her latest mess.

Have a look at these other shows like ‘Sex and the City’ for more sexy and embarrassing laugh out loud moments.

Similarity Match: 90%
Feeling hot, hot, hot! Like ‘Desperate Housewives’, you will need a cool shower and a lie down after watching the thrills and spills of this raunchy group of independent women.

‘The Goodwife’ (CBS, 2009-present)

Another series like ‘Desperate Housewives’ is ‘The Good Wife’, a serial drama starring ‘Juliana Margulies’.

The show centres around ‘Alicia Florrick’, the longstanding ‘good wife’ to a former state attorney, who’s now disgraced and serving a long jail sentence. ‘Alicia’ must put her husband’s corruption scandal to one side and step up to look after her family. Although she returns to her job as a litigator, the show explores much more than mundane legal stuff.

Similarity Match: 80%
Wanting to be much more than a shamed housewife, ‘Alicia’ is determined to rise above the gossip and get her life back on track, much like the ‘Desperate Housewives’ have to do every episode.

‘Revenge’ (ABC, 2011-present)

Living in The Hamptons means that you constantly have to be socially aware.

‘Emily Thorne’, played by Emily VanCamp, faces an uphill struggle to gain approval when she returns to The Hamptons after a long absence. ‘Emily’ had to leave her home town when her father was embroiled in a scandal that tore her family apart.

Upon her return, ‘Emily’ vows to take revenge on those who let her father down. The best part? You’re along for the ride.

Similarity Match: 75%
The ‘Desperate Housewives’ often have to plot revenge on those who dare to cross them, but ‘Revenge’ steps it up a notch, taking the audience to some dry dark places.

‘Private Practice’ (ABC, 2007-2013)

‘Private Practice’ is a spin off of the very popular ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. It follows the life of neonatal surgeon, ‘Addison Montgomery’, featuring lots of medical drama – as you’d expect – but also delves into the private lives of ‘Addison’ and her friends.

‘Addison’ has to face childhood demons, marriage troubles, friends who let her down, and salacious gossip that threatens to ruin her career.

Similarity Match: 70%
‘Private Practice’ does not feature as much scandal as ‘Desperate Housewives’ but it sure delivers on clever writing to create a strong female character that we can all relate to on some level.


Venture outside of the Suburbs

If you like ‘Desperate Housewives’ for the strong female role models portrayed on the show, then ‘The Good Wife’ is the perfect show for you to watch next. For outright naughtiness, settle down for a night of ‘Sex and the City’.

I hope you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to ‘Desperate Housewives’.

Is there another TV show that you’d like to recommend to ‘Desperate Housewives’ fans?

I’d love to read about how I can indulge in my next TV marathon, in the comments below.

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