Narrative Strategien in der TV-Serie Desperate Housewives


  • Marion Fuchs



The TV-series Desperate Housewives is desperately loved by fans and desperately hated by critics. American columnist Jennifer L. Pozner accuses the series of portraying every female character as incompetent, in her opinion that is "just good old fashioned Hollywood crap." But why is this "Hollywood crap" so astonishingly successful (25 million viewers in the US, 3 million viewers in Germany) and who is the typical viewer? Why is the (dead) narrator so important and does the TV-Series really reinforce old-fashioned stereotypes or does it present modern, independent housewives? These questions are the main focus of this essay and shall be answered by analyzing typical visual and narrative strategies of the series. 

Author Biography

Marion Fuchs

Marion Fuchs studies American Cultural Studies, Communication Studies and Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Her main focus of studies lies on American media and popular culture as well as on German and American relations. Concerning the latter, she has received an award of the American Institute for an academic assignment about the democratization and reeducation of Germany after 1945. Besides her studies, Marion Fuchs works as as presenter, editor and reporter for the Bavarian Broadcasting Service in Munich.


How to Cite

Fuchs, Marion. “Narrative Strategien in Der TV-Serie Desperate Housewives”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 6, Mar. 2012, doi:10.5283/copas.76.