Registered: Apr 2003
Local time: 08:49 AM
Location: In The Zone
Happy housewives of our own Wisteria Lane
Not the same: Melbourne's Wisteria Lane residents Ingrid Meadows, Marian Verbakel, Kirrilee Sunderland and Tracey Yuki.
LIFE in Melbourne's own Wisteria Lane couldn't be more removed from the fictional street in the new hit series Desperate Housewives.
While these happy housewives from Mount Dandenong confess to recognising elements of themselves in the characters on the show, they reject the portrayal of the modern mother as lonely, manipulative, unfulfilled and desperate.
"It doesn't compare at all. None of that goes on in our street, or not that I know of," said Kirrilee Sunderland, a married mother of three.
Neighbour Ingrid Meadows said that while she can identify with aspects of Lynette Scavo, the hassled mother of four hyperactive children, the characters are not true to life.
"I've been called a desperate housewife in the last couple of weeks since the show was advertised. I've got five kids, but mine aren't that feral," she said.
A hit overseas, the show exceeded expectations when it premiered last Monday night to a national audience of 2.48 million people, the highest launch figure for an American series.
Filling the void left by Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives struck a chord with its portrayal of women dealing with everyday issues.
There's likable single mother Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), control freak Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross), glamour trophy wife Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), and harried mother of four Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman).
Joining them is vampish single friend Edie Britt (Nicolette Sheridan).
But not is all as it seems. A family secret lurks beneath a backyard swimming pool and mystery surrounds newcomer, handsome plumber Mike Delfino.
"I think we're pretty boring compared to them," Mrs Meadows said. "But then often what you see on the outside is not what always goes on behind closed doors." Mother of two Marian Verbakel said life on picturesque Wisteria Lane in Mount Dandenong was happy and relaxed, where neighbours are friends and children played together. "I've never felt desperate. I'm happy with my life," she said.
Tracey Yuki, mother of three young children, said she was disappointed by the show. "I think the idea had potential, but it's just another typical American show," she said. There are only six homes in Melbourne's Wisteria Lane and all the residents know each other.
- Herald Sun