'Cashmere Mafia - The Complete Series'
(Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Bonnie Somerville, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: A group of successful female executives who have been friends since college turn to each other for guidance as they juggle their careers with family in New York City.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'Cashmere Mafia - The Complete Series' is the story of four main characters, who are all successful women, but they all have their flaws. Mia (Lucy Liu) loses her fiancé who couldn't deal with not being able to keep up with her. Zoe (Frances O'Connor) who tries not to neglect her children, while balancing her career. Juliet (Miranda Otto) who has to deal with a rebellious teenage daughter, while her husband has an affair. Caitlin (Bonnie Sommerville) who discovers that the person with whom she might spend her life with, might be a woman.
Seemingly cancelled just as it was starting to get its legs, the dialogue of the show feels forced at times, especially when the male writers want to underline how close and "female" these four women are. The actresses do their best, but lack any real chemistry. For most of the show they just don't really feel like close friends, but if you look back at the premieres of shows like "Desperate Housewives", you see that it wasn't there from the beginning either. Perhaps, had the show been allowed to continue, there was still the possibility that they developed more chemistry over the course of the series - but we'll never know now.
Also, in truth, 'Cashmere Mafia' is a show not really male-friendly. The male characters are pretty much undeveloped, very much in opposite to the women and fall into clichés. There has to be a cheater, a man who can't deal with his girlfriend being more successful than he is and the loyal puppy-husband. It's understandable that they focus more on the ladies, but it wouldn't have harmed the show if they had treated the male characters equally well and had made them a little bit more complex.
In closing, and as for the show's realism, I have no idea. The upper East Side is not my stomping ground. However, realism is not why I'm sitting in the balcony. I came to be entertained, and I was. Ergo, 'Cashmere Mafia - The Complete Series' is a very, very good show. A short lived one, sure, but nonetheless it could have developed into so much more. A sad fate for yet another ABC show not given the chance to breathe. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.