[Marxism] Desperate Housewives

Michael Hoover hooverm at scc-fl.edu
Wed Dec 7 17:02:24 MST 2005

>>> lnp3 at panix.com 12/07/05 3:27 PM >>>
One also imagines that Marc Cherry might have "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" 
in the back of his mind when he began work on "Desperate Housewives." This 
1970s satire on soap operas was set in Fernwood, a white bread sort of town 
that was as all-American as Wisteria Lane, the setting for "Desperate 
Housewives." In "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," the lead character is a 
pigtailed, gingham-frocked Ohio housewife who tried to remain calm while 
her daughter was held hostage by a mass murderer, endured her husband's 
impotence (he never progressed emotionally past high school, where he 
enjoyed glory as a quarterback,) the disappearance of her father and the 
paralysis of her best friend. In the same way that "Desperate Housewives" 
takes family dysfunction as its theme, so did "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." 
In an epoch of declining material and spiritual expectations in American 
society, such themes are guaranteed to be marketable for television and the 

have never seen an episode of 'desperate housewives', but i betcha dollars
to donuts it has no one that can hold a candle to incomparable mary kay place 
as c&w singer loretta haggers (character's very name still makes me chuckle!), 
plus, mkp made two albums around the same time, backed by emmy lou harris' 
hot band, tasty stuff... 

btw: wasn't mary hartman, mary hartman late night fare, if my recollection is
correct, just goes to show how far morality has declined in 30 years, har, har,
har...   mh

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