Desperate Housewives fans, here are ten replacement shows to watch.
While Desperate Housewives was a huge hit, it lacked the dark twists and dark turns of these other shows.
There are some shows that are difficult to categorize. Adultery, blackmail, shocking deaths and plot twists abound on Desperate Housewives. The show also explores every type of dysfunctional relationship imaginable. Aside from the series’ gorgeous style and endearing main characters, viewers were enthralled by the shocking secrets that were hidden within this idyllic suburban setting.
It is possible for fans to watch the series again on Hulu, but instead of doing so, they should consider checking out one of the following series instead. Even die-hard fans of Desperate Housewives will find something to watch on these shows, which feature everything from new hits to classics.
1. Bridgerton (Netflix)
Bridgertonis a popular period piece in which the female gaze is employed and a love story is told from the perspective of a young woman. Bridgerton (which is returning for a second season!) will likely appeal to fans of Desperate Housewives’ abundance of female protagonists. An upper-class Regency-era English family is the setting for this series, which is full of developing romances and hidden family secrets. It also has an equally gorgeous aesthetic.
2. Gossip Girl (HBO Max)
Going Girl, like Desperate Housewives, focuses on women who are caught up in a variety of scandals. Gossip Girl’s central characters are no strangers to getting their hands dirty, just like the real-life housewives.
Other bad things that have been done by these “best friends” include stealing phones, cheating, sleeping around with each other’s significant others, and even blackmailing and bullying one another. Gabrielle, on the other hand, would adore the outfit. Gossip Girl has six seasons available for streaming on HBO Max, and a reboot is in the works.
3. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix, Hulu)
Grey’s Anatomy, like Desperate Housewives, is a 2000s show. The result is a unique vibe that will be familiar to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans. Grey’s Anatomy lasted much longer than Housewives, which went off the air shortly after the turn of the century. In the latter’s case, it’s in its 17th season and still going strong. Grey’s Anatomy, one of the most popular medical dramas of all time, is a good choice for fans looking for something to keep them occupied for the long haul.
4. Killing Eve (Hulu)
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy’s Christina Yang) stars in Killing Eve, which has a tone and black humor reminiscent of Desperate Housewives. There’s a lot of murder and danger in Killing Eve, but it’s done in an amusing way. There are two compelling female leads in Killing Eve. Oh’s Eve becomes fixated on finding Jodie Comer’s assassin Villanelle, and their growing feelings for one another complicates their relationship.
5. One Tree Hill (Hulu)
One Tree Hill will satisfy fans of Desperate Housewives’ focus on family dynamics and drama. This show centers on the lives of two half-brothers who are in their early teens. Nathan and Lucas are rivals who despise each other, but they are related by blood to the same troublemaking father who affects the lives of everyone in their small town. Most of the plot revolves around the boys and their mothers, telling stories from the point of view of the sons about these dynamics, which is the opposite of how Housewives explores these dynamics (think Bree and Andrew).
6. Ozark (Netflix)
Both Desperate Housewives and Netflix’s original drama Ozark deal with adultery on a regular basis. There were two unfaithful housewives out of the four, and everyone except Lynette had experienced what it was like to be cheated on. When Marty discovers evidence of his wife’s infidelity, the family drama in Ozark begins. They must remain united for the sake of their family’s safety, so things do work out in the end, but not without a lot of drama. Marty gets into trouble when he accepts a job laundering money for a drug cartel, and his family gets caught up in it.
7. Pretty Little Liars (HBO Max)
Fans of Desperate Housewives will know that Pretty Little Liars can boast more instances of blackmail than that show, which is saying a lot. As in Housewives, where Mary Alice commits suicide after learning she is being blackmailed, so begins PLL’s story with an anonymous text from “A,” who appears to know all of the friends’ secrets after Alison’s alleged death, prompting them to investigate further. In addition to their penchant for failed relationships, the ladies of PLL are similar to those of the Housewives in other ways.
8. Scream Queens (Hulu)
Scream Queens will likely appeal to Desperate Housewives fans who enjoyed the show’s murder mystery elements. In this two-season limited series, the main characters attempt to avoid and solve a string of murders. A sorority house with a troubled history is the setting for season one’s murders, which occur on a college campus. A new serial killer is on the loose in season two’s setting, a learning hospital.
9. The Americans (Amazon Prime)
Most of The Americans is devoted to Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage, the show’s central plot. As an added bonus, it’s a Cold War espionage drama, so Desperate Housewives fans will likely enjoy the romance, danger, and intrigue in this show. The setting is another similarity between The Americans and Desperate Housewives: both series are largely set in the suburbs.
10. You (Netflix)
In both Desperate Housewives and the Netflix original series You, Penn Badgley, who previously played Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl, there is no shortage of stalking. Serial stalker and murderer Joe is the focus of the story, and he sees himself as the romantic hero in it. He is a predator who preys on women and kills them when they let him down. This surprisingly entertaining series features a lot of murder and romance.