After eight gasp-filled seasons of "Desperate Housewives," the sun finally sets on Wisteria Lane as the comedy/drama/mystery series reaches its two-hour finale Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channel 5. And though we must say our goodbyes to Bree, Lynette, Gaby, and Susan, the trusty TV formula that brought them together isn't going anywhere. "Desperate Housewives" is part of a proud TV lineage of fearsome female foursomes from "The Golden Girls" right up to "Girls." At the heart of the formula's success is a precision-crafted dynamic that keeps the characters hugging, fighting, and talking it out, while viewers toggle their empathies between archetypes that never wear out. Below, a breakdown of TV's finest queen-quads.
Inside the battle for Boston’s country music soul
A brash radio newcomer, WBWL/The Bull, takes on a legacy station, WKLB, spurring a good ol’ throwdown.
Seeing Hokusai in Boston? Thank this eccentric Brahmin
The vast majority of the Japanese works in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston show come from a rebel named William Sturgis Bigelow.
What to do when disaster strikes your home
Three families share what you need to know when a fire, tornado, or flooding strikes.
Think it’s tough to rent? Try being a landlord
An owner of two apartments tallies the pro-tenant leaning of Massachusetts.
Organizations to use after disasters
A list of organizations you can turn to in the event of a disaster.
A very proper ending for the lords and ladies of ‘Downton’
Teacups around the world were heard dropping to the ground and shattering with the news that PBS’s “Downton Abbey” would end after the sixth season.
Not even Paul Krugman is a real Keynesian
Lance Taylor and Duncan Foley of the New School argue that John Maynard Keynes’s insights have yet to go mainstream.
Bringing a charter-school approach to college
Supporters say such programs could give more people a route to the middle class, but opponents worry it could actually increase inequality.
Joe Biden recalls Ted Kennedy as mentor who made a difference
With Kennedy’s Institute for the US Senate ready to open in Dorchester, the vice president says his influence is missed.
Behind the Kennedy Institute experience with Edwin Schlossberg
The story behind the software, the programs, the tablets, and Ted Kennedy’s vision for his institute.
Elizabeth Warren casts a shadow on Hillary Clinton
The senator will affect a Clinton campaign, regardless whether the Mass. Democrat runs for president.
Outdoor sports store Cabela’s opens to big crowds in Berlin
Cabela’s, a Nebraska-based national chain, when it opened its first Massachusetts outlet in Berlin. To the hunting, fishing, and camping crowd, it is a holy grail, its arrival here as thrilling to them as Wegman’s was to foodies, or Ikea to the minimalist home decor set, or Shake Shack to hamburger devotees.
How to fix wet walls, mold, and other damage caused by winter
2015 brought with it the perfect storm for ice dams and inflicted the severest punishment those dams can dish out.
Explaining the bedbug’s modern comeback
They’ve plagued human beings for as long as we’ve been laying our heads down to sleep.
Antifraud effort on food stamps hurts poor, advocates say
The state is accused of cutting off thousands of deserving residents.
Researchers seek to short-circuit Alzheimer’s
A landmark study is the first medical trial to test whether a drug can prevent the disease in people who are at risk.
US system has scant mental health scrutiny
The Germanwings crash is raising questions about whether the aviation industry is doing enough to screen for mental illness.
Failed drug test shadows Ortiz
The stigma has stuck to Ortiz like pine tar, scarring his legacy and threatening to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.