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‘Why Women Kill’ Review: Fans of ‘Desperate Housewives’ Won’t Be Disappointed

Less palatable, maybe, but definitely not less watchable. Why Women Kill is an absurdly binge-able series for many reasons. The end of the pilot, for example, leads viewers to think each of these women will actually attempt to murder their husbands. “For the women who kills, only one question really matters,” Taylor says directly to the camera before Beth Ann chimes in with, “Does she get away with it?”

“It’s going to be unexpected,” Goodwin says. “My favorite thing is that we give the audience a false sense of security and then drop them on their asses. We’re showing you this world of candy, and because it’s stylized, it feels safe. The fourth wall is solid, and then we’re going to turn it all upside down.”

But underneath all the twists, turns, and murder is a story about the way men treat women. In all three of these narratives, we see how the husbands abuse and take advantage of their wives’ good will. Yes, the circumstances are different because of the time periods, but the root is the same.

Ginnifer Goodwin and Alicia Coppola in Why Women Kill.

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“I think we’re going to sneakily make people really focus on the things brought to light very recently about gender relations,” Goodwin says. “And these are timeless issues, but now that we’re really talking about it, I feel like the show can really be part of the conversation.”

And that conversation will be nuanced. Goodwin tells Glamour that while Beth Ann’s husband, Rob (Sam Jaeger), is presented as misogynistic, there’s more to him—and all these male characters—than meets the eye. “There’s something about the way Marc writes that things start out feeling really black and white, but really they’re going to become more and more gray, messier and messier, more and more complicated,” she says. “I think that there will be real love, for instance, for Beth Ann’s husband before, hopefully, the audience all commits in a really messy way of writing him off.”

Liu hopes viewers don’t write her character off. Simone’s “one-bedroom apartment” line is pretty indicative of her essence: She’s unapologetically outlandish, over-the-top, and extravagant. Liu loves those qualities about her but urges fans to look below the surface. “I think [Simone’s] journey has got a far-reaching, emotional aspect to it that I’m enjoying, and I hope [viewers] enjoy it, as well, because there’s a lot of distance for her to go,” she says.

Goodwin, Liu, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

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