Sepinwall on TV: 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Desperate Housewives' season five reviews

New is easy. Anything can seem wonderful when it's brand-new, whether we're talking television, relationships, politics, crystal meth or that risky hedge fund investment. It's continuing to seem wonderful, year in and year out, that's the real challenge.

Four years ago, "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" were new, and they were (along with the equally-new "Lost") the hottest things television had seen in a long time. "Desperate Housewives" resurrected the primetime soap, as well as the careers of most of its actresses. "Grey's Anatomy" mixed in reinvented stars (Patrick Dempsey) with brand-new ones (Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl) and seemed to reinvent the hospital drama by cross-breeding it with "Friends." Both were massive phenomenons.

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