Two blazing new shows have hit your TV screens this summer and you may be confused as to which you should catch up on. On the surface, Devious Maids and Mistresses appear to be the same thing: hot women behaving badly. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Aside from having two very attractive casts, (but which shows don’t these days?) and soapy antics, each show appeals to its own crowd. Below is a breakdown of how the shows match up across the board. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen them yet; each show has barely begun so you can get up to date in a mere afternoon!
If you’re into philandering relationships, Mistresses is your best bet. It’s all about women keeping secret relationships. We have the married woman cheating with a single man, single woman cheating with a married man, a bi-curious type, and a woman who finds out her dead husband cheated after meeting his lover and their illicit child.
If you like to see the help behaving badly, tune in to Devious Maids. The title seems to say it all, but each maid is a little different. One is an aspiring singer, another left her son in Mexico to make better money for her family, and there’s even a mother daughter duo. Finally, there’s Marisol, a new maid who seems to have an agenda that involves more than making money.
Deep Dark Turn
Both shows have unsolved murders. In Mistresses, psychologist Karen had been sleeping with her married patient and after his death, she learns that his wife had given him a lethal dose of medication to kill him.
From the start of Devious Maids, a mysterious murder is central to the plot. A maid is killed at the beginning of the episode, and we find out Marisol’s son has been wrongly accused, so her goal is to get to the bottom of who really did it.
Big Ticket Name
Every TV show needs to get some weight behind it, usually in the form of famous names. Mistresses features Alyssa Milano as Savi, one of America’s sweethearts who is able to bring a few laughs to this otherwise serious show.
Devious Maids counts on its executive producer Eva Longoria to attract the Desperate Housewives fan base in addition to the big crowd they’ll probably get from all the Lifetime viewers.
If you’re a fan of the Pacific, look no further than Mistresses. It features Yunjin Kim (Karen), who is already a big star in Korea, and handsome Aussie Brett Tucker as Harry, Savi’s husband.
However if you prefer some Latin spice, watch Devious Maids. The ensemble is stacked with Latina actresses you’ve likely seen in past hits. Ana Ortiz (Marisol) was on Ugly Betty, Dania Ramirez (Rosie) had a brief spot on Heroes and Roselyn Sanchez (Carmen) previously starred in Without a Trace.
Token Trouble Maker
On Mistresses, Savi’s younger sister Josslyn, is the firecracker of the main foursome. She’s a hedonistic type who does whatever she pleases whenever the impulse strikes. She rarely sees the consequences of her actions and enjoys casual encounters rather than committed relationships.
The title Devious Maids suggests that most of the characters have a bit of troublemaker in them, but young Valentina takes the cake. Working with her mother, she takes an interest in their bosses’ son, Remi. Despite her mother’s warnings about mixing business and pleasure, Valentina sneaks around with him when she thinks no one’s watching.
April is the moral center of Mistresses because she’s the only one not engaging in a compromising affair…yet. She is a widow who recently learns her husband was unfaithful and had a secret child with his lover. When she finds out her best friend Savi cheated on her own husband, she gives her the tough love angle, because she won’t stand for any more lies.
Rosie, from Devious Maids, tugs on our heartstrings when we find out her son is in Mexico, and she can’t bring him to California with her because of immigration troubles. When she explains this to her boss, who could care less, we are immediately on Rosie’s side and want to see what retribution she will reluctantly take because of her pain.
No show is complete without some steamy hunks to keep us interested and both shows certainly gives us a lot to choose from. Mistresses’ main love triangle features Savi, her husband Harry, and her coworker turned lover, Dominic, played by Jason George. Each other “mistress” has yummy love interests, but this threesome will have us tuning in every week, especially when Savi discovers she’s pregnant but doesn’t know who’s the father.
Devious Maids also has a plethora of hotties, but two stand out from the pack. Drew Van Acker (aka Jason from Pretty Little Liars) plays Remi, Valentina’s potential love interest. Matt Cedeno plays Alejandro, diva Carmen’s boss who she could also use as a potential business connection. Tune in to see if Valentina or Carmen end up getting what they both want.
Your Current Netflix Addiction
If you like Pretty Little Liars, you will love Mistresses. This show is essentially a grown up version of PLL. The main foursome keeps secrets from their loved ones as well as each other. The longer they remain quiet, the more that’s at stake. Sound familiar?
If you like Desperate Housewives, you will love Devious Maids. This show is not only produced by Eva Longoria, but also co-created by Marc Cherry, who created the ABC classic. There are just as many silly antics, and you will soon be rooting for these maids, and maybe even some of their bosses.