Devious Maids - The Complete First Season
"Devious Maids" is a tough sell. On the one hand, it’s a Marc Cherry over-the-top soap in the style of "Desperate Housewives" with a mostly Latina main cast. However, the show panders to stereotypes and a show that has such a large Latina cast that’s about maids is a questionable choice. Sadly, the DVD set does not include any redeeming features.
The behind-the-scenes featurette "Devious Maids 30310" is one long bizarre commercial for Atlanta. The segment is oddly produced alternating between interviews with the cast and creators and brief segments introduced by young actress Edy Ganem. It’s unclear what the original intentions were for this segment but regardless, it’s muddled and focuses more on Atlanta than on the production of the series.
The blooper reel isn’t particularly funny. Given the humorous and over-the-top nature of the series, it’s not as funny as more dramatic shows who suddenly have bizarre moments. The DVD set also includes extended and deleted scenes. These do add a little bit of insight into episodes. But with that being the only bonus features it is a little disappointing.
Given the complex political and racial climate of a show that prominently features Latinas, but casts them as maids, there was an opportunity for the show to address that in the bonus features. It could have discussed the ties to novellas, Spanish-language soap operas, which often pit the help against the wealthy. Sadly, this is a missed opportunity for fans and newcomers to the show.
"Devious Maids" feels similar in tone to "Desperate Housewives." Except, some characters are significantly wealthier, and the other characters work as the help. The show is questionable but does deserve credit for having a largely Latina cast. The DVD doesn’t have enough features to make it inherently worth purchasing, but fans of the show would enjoy it.
"Devious Maids: The Complete First Season"