News goes that one of the most downloaded TV shows online since four years is Desperate Housewives. No one really expects the men to be watching this, so that leaves the female audience who form more than a majority of the program’s viewership. This is one drama series that has struck a note with women instantly. It’s not the usual soap like The Bold and the Beautiful or Santa Barbara. This one is a complete tangent from the more-than-perfect lives of these soap starlets and their glossy lipsticks.

So what’s so exclusive about these housewives? It could be a number of things. The fact that they are portrayed as imperfect, frustrated women which makes them instantly believable, so the audience relates to them perfectly. Nevertheless, below all the flaws in their character, none of these women are chicken. These women are made of sterner stuff, facing challenges head on and tackling every obstacle that life has to offer in their own unique way. That makes them role models as well.

They make every woman feel like they are super women. They feel agony, jealousy, and resentment just like any other, but finally triumph over every dark feeling. This TV series also has a dash of comedy to make it less of a tearjerker and more of a rib tickler. The women get crazy, clumsy and sometimes go utterly wild. The bond between them is also strong and brings in elements of friendship and togetherness, just what a sentimental audience wants to see.

These women aren’t just gutsy characters on reel; some of them have shown steely resolve in real life as well. Teri Hatcher who plays Susan Mayer, helped prosecutors put a child molester behind bars in 2002, after coming out in the open about her childhood experience with molestation. It takes a lot to reopen old wounds. Eva Longoria’s another inspiring example. Her petite frame is deceptive of what the lady really is capable of. She heads and supports a number of charity foundations for various causes.

These women are a mix of glamour and guts. Desperate Housewives is probably a tribute to women like these, and the audience simply laps it up.

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