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Desperate Housewives

In the third episode of Desperate Housewives, my mom and I howled when we saw Susan stuck outside her house naked. We were instantly hooked. Watching the show in the family room on Sundays at 9 p.m. quickly became our weekly ritual. When I went off to college, we'd call each other during commercial breaks to gab about the latest shenanigans on Wisteria Lane. Our obsession got so intense she bought the show's official "Dirty Laundry" board game, which, by the way, still has a spot in her home.

What made the show such a hit in our household was how we could both relate to the challenges — sometimes serious, sometimes silly — our favorite characters faced. Looking back, my most memorable viewing experience centered on the episode in which Bree, played by the brilliant Marcia Cross, discovers her son Andrew is gay. My mom's reaction went something like this: "Oh, big deal, Bree. Build a bridge and get over it." I'll never forget thinking about how my mom is cooler than the housewives.

— Nick Maslow, assistant celebrity editor

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