It neatly combines a gift for melodrama, a taste for dirty tricks, a powerful imagination and an important objective.
The tone veered wildly between camp, melodrama, realism, and messy amalgamations of the three.
By this time, many Desperate Housewives viewers had had enough of all the melodrama, but the show always did big well.
1784 (1782 as melo drame), "a stage-play in which songs were interspersed and music accompanied the action," from French mélodrame (18c.), from Greek melos "song" (see melody) + French drame "drama" (see drama). Meaning "a romantic and sensational dramatic piece with a happy ending" is from 1883, because this was often the form of the original melodramas. Also from French are Spanish melodrama, Italian melodramma, German melodram. Related: Melodramatize.