These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Desperate Housewives
Creator's Pet: Susan, Susan, Susan. Marc Cherry has made it clear that she's his favourite character.
While perfectly true this would suggest that the Housewives should be even more creeped by Mary Alice than by Paul in retrospect, if she could so easily have created a facade. Whenever she is mentioned it is as Mary Alice 'our dear friend who took her life' rather than Mary Alice 'the murderer and kidnapper who had us all fooled'.
The suicide may have played a role in this : Mary Alice regretted her acts, while Paul never did, as far as we know. Also, season seven has made him cross the Moral Event Horizonmuch deeper than Mary Alice ever had.
Orson Hodge, who went from being a one-off character, to a short-term villain, to one of the main characters on the show.
Edie Britt's role was increased when she proved popular with the fans.
Of the four main housewives, Bree has always met the most acclaim from critics and fans.
Hilarious in Hindsight: A minor example, but still amusing. Katherine and Susan suffers a bad on-and off one-sided rivalry for two seasons over Mike (Susan first hurting over Mike hooking up with Katherine, and Katherine then obsessing over getting Mike back after he returns to Susan.) In the 1996 film Fly Away Home, Katherine's actor, Dana Delany, played a character named Susan.
Not to mention that both actresses have played Lois Lane.
Harsher in Hindsight: A season 5 episode deals with Juanita wearing make up to school in order to look more like her mother Gabby. On being asked why she did it, Juanita claims that a couple of girls at school told her she couldn't possibly be related to Gabby as she wasn't pretty enough. Two seasons later, and it's revealed that Juanita isn't related to Gabby or Carlos; she was accidentally switched at birth.
Mrs. McCluskey dying of cancer in the finale is even sadder now that Kathryn Joosten herself died of cancer shortly after the show ended.
Hollywood Homely: Gabrielle supposedly loses her beauty after becoming a mom, but c'mon—this is Eva Longoria we're talking about. Not even sweats can make her look bad. It gets even more ridiculous when other characters comment that she's out of shape.
One episode of season six had Tom wanting to get plastic surgery to remove the large amount of wrinkles on his face. Coincidentally, that was the only episode that season where Tom's actor wore fake wrinkle makeup. Even though he chose against the surgery, he still looks ten years younger again the next episode.
Iron Woobie: Bree. More like adamant woobie. She lost 3 husbands and 2 boyfriends, her son hated her with passion for several seasons, her daughter doesn't like her much either, and she succumbed to alcoholism. She managed to get back on her feet each time, despite the odds, the people, and the universe working against her. That is, until season 8, when she finally snaps, and is on the verge of suicide a la Mary Alice by the end of the 9th episode.
The Scrappy: Renee Parker is considered this by some. The fact that the promotional posters all featured Vanessa Williams in the fore and centre did not go done well amongst those who felt her character stole much of the spotlight.
Paul Young. Granted he killed the woman who drove his wife to suicide but it is difficult not to feel at least a little sorry for him given the estrangement of his son, his long stay in prison and the constant hostility and distrust of the people who were supposedly his friends and neighbours. In fact, read that back. His most unsympathetic trait is that he killed the woman who blackmailed his wife into shooting herself.
During season 8, we discover that Karen is suffering from cancer, and that it was the reason she kicked Roy out, in order to protect him, since his wife died from cancer. The poor Cool Old Lady never was shown so vulnerable.
Angst? What Angst?: So the sweet Woobie everyone's known for years turns out to be the town serial killer, who holds Lynette hostage, delivers her baby, and turns himself in. Meanwhile, the new neighbor blows up a guy in a car right in front of your house and takes off. Yet the next day, all anyone cares to talk about is that Susan is moving ten blocks away. Just another week on Wisteria Lane...
Fridge Brilliance: Season 6 finale: Why did Angie spill one of her precious seconds by throwing the car door shut? To keep Patrick in the car.
Nightmare Fuel: The riot against the ex-convicts home which Paul Young set up. Including having Susan trampled, Lee and Bob trapped in a car which is being beat up, Juanita, a child screaming in terror whilst in the car, and the good old fashioned claustrophobia of being pushed along by masses of people. For parents, there is also Juanita being lost in the mob. This was surprisingly scary stuff for a normally comedy and drama driven show.
The reveal that Karen has been keeping her dead husband in the freezer for years in order to keep recieving his pension checks.
Seasonal Rot: Some fans have noted a decline in quality in season five.
Testosterone Brigade: Just read the first sentence on the main page. At the height of its popularity, ABC even ran an ad with a guy admitting he watched it... and (unconvincingly) claiming that it was for the story. Riiiiiight.