Best Show You’re Not Watching: “Devious Maids”

Devious Maids LifetimeWARNING: SPOILERS ALL UP IN HERE

Talk about a summer sleeper hit. Devious Maids, Lifetime Television’s newest (and hottest—in every way possible) television show is sizzling a network that usually serves its shows with heaping slices of saccharine-soaked camp.

While Maids is a sinful slice of cheesecake, it’s hardly uninspired. Quite the opposite, actually. The dramedy raked in an impressive 1.99 million viewers for its June 23 release. That number jumped to 2.90 million for episode two. Now, it’s a bona-fide hit, which just got picked up for a second season.

The show centers around five maids—Marisol (Ana Ortiz), Rosie (Dania Ramirez), Carmen (Roselyn Sánchez), Zoila (Judy Reyes) and Valentina (Edy Ganem)—as they battle cat fights, affairs, hair flips and love triangles while working as maids (and let’s face it: HBICs) for some of Hollywood’s elite glitterati. At the heart of the show is one salacious mystery: who killed Flora, a fellow Beverly Hills maid with blockbuster-worthy, nasty secrets? Think Pretty Little Liars meets Desperate Housewives with a dash of Cajun spice and plenty of Clorox.

The DH comparisons are no cheeky coincidence either. Marc Cherry is the creator of Maids while former “housewife” Eva Longoria is an executive producer.

Cast of Devious MaidsMarc Cherry, Eva Longoria (center) and the cast of Devious Maids
(photo: Getty)

Yes, we may be nine episodes deep—which is a lot to catch up on! —but that’s why we have the Internet, people! Haven’t sold you yet? Maybe this will help: These are five reasons why “Devious Maids” is the greatest show you aren’t watching. And maybe even one of the greatest entities in the history of existence.

5. You will cry—a lot

Devious Maids funeral

Welp, there’s a reason why “Maids” is on Lifetime, folks. While the show brings tons of oh-no-she-didn’t laughs and chiseled hotties (more on that below), it brings just as many tears. The show pulls on your heartstrings to the point where you’ll be viciously wailing, “I can’t! I can’t!” to no one in particular. From the time Valentina reveals to her rich friends she’s actually a maid or when Alejandro visits Odessa in the hospital after she’s diagnosed with cancer, it helps to be emotionally prepared. People, wear your waterproof mascara when you have your “Devious Maids” and wine nights. You’ll thank me later.

4. Drew Van Acker

You may recognize Sir Acker as Alison’s recurring older brother Jason in Pretty Little Liars.  But homeboy is a main character on Maids. Acker plays Remi, the coked-out, wealthy apple to Valentina’s lustful eye. And ours, too. Acker’s abs were no doubt carved by a team of glistening angels and his beautiful green-blue eyes are big enough for the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race to take a swim. Can we get invited to that pool party?

Drew Van AckerDrew Van Acker plays Remi

3. It debunks those pesky Latina stereotypes

A lot of naysayers first criticized the show when they heard Latina actresses were playing stereotypical maids. But those who watch the series know these ladies are the furthest from these ridiculous—and grossly inaccurate—stereotypes. As Zoila poignantly said, “maid” is what they do, not who they are. And bravo, Queen Z. These ladies basically run their houses and fire back at their snobbish bosses with quick-wit and pure fabulousness. Who says you can’t clean the kitchen and conspire to reveal Hollywood’s most murderous secret? These ladies do it…and with fully blown-out hair, no less.

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2. It’s chock-full of zesty, one-line zingers

Nothing warms this gay’s heart more than a Z-formation-snap-worthy comeback. And Maids is abundant with them. The season started spicy when Flora was viciously murdered at her boss Evelyn’s fancy soirée, and all Evelyn said was, “Now who’s going to clean all this blood up?” Yes. But the devilish fun does not stop there. Marisol sets fire to a slime bag’s Hollywood mansion and observes, “It is getting hot in here.” Basically, each Windex session is served with generous portions of backhanded compliments, sassiness and good ‘ole bitchy behavior. Let the vigorous hand clapping begin.

1. It’s just a really good show.

Grasnt Show and Dania RamirezGrant Show as Mr. Spencer and Dania Ramirez as Rosie

The best selling point is that this show is just really f***ing great. Each episode draws you in more than the hypnotic scent of McDonald’s French fries and keeps you hooked until the end. Each maid has her own story with her own set of epic struggles, beefy man candy and plenty of cuckoo-bananas plot twists. You’ll love and identify with one maid like the way you always had a favorite Spice Girl—mine was Ginger. And my “maid” is Rosie. Basically, if you’re not watching Devious Maids, it’s time to reevaluate your life choices.

Now, clean up this mess.

Devious Maids airs Sundays 10/9c on Lifetime.

 

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