‘Why Women Kill’ Review: A Stylish and Cheeky ‘Desperate Housewives’ Through the Ages

‘Why Women Kill’ Review: A Stylish and Cheeky ‘Desperate Housewives’ Through the Ages
Creator Marc Cherry never met a domestic murder he didn’t love to exploit. With his clever new CBS All Access series “Why Women Kill,” the veteran TV producer once again examines what it means to be a woman – especially one who is marginalized, wronged, or taken for granted – alongside an undercurrent of tongue-in-cheek danger. The limited series feels like the sister of “Desperate Housewives,” his groundbreaking mystery comedy-drama, in that it revels in the domestic problems, secrets, and crimes among a group of women using a gimmick. Instead of having the story told from the point of view of the deceased, however, “Why Women Kill” plays with time, having thematically similar stories play out over different decades.

Taking place in the same Pasadena mansion, the series begins in 1963 with charming homemaker Beth-Ann (Ginnifer Goodwin), who discovers that her husband is having an affair. In 1984, fabulous socialite Simone (Lucy Liu) has a similar epiphany,
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