Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

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Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

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 Susan Mayer / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Lynette Scavo (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Bree Van De Kamp / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Carlos Solis (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Mike Delfino (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Mary Alice Young (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Tom Scavo (176 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Andrew Van De Kamp (113 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Edie Britt (112 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Julie Mayer (107 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Orson Hodge (96 episodes, 2006-2012)
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 Preston Scavo (89 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Porter Scavo (89 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
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 Parker Scavo (82 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Paul Young (76 episodes, 2004-2011)
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The "normal" suburban life for a group of close-knit housewives takes a dark turn when one of their closest friends mysteriously commits suicide. Now while trying to deal with their own hectic problems and romantic lives, each year brings on a new mystery and more dark and twisted events to come. Life behind closed doors is about to be revealed as suburban life takes a funny and dark turn. Written by devil_730

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Jede Frau hat ein schmutziges Geheimnis (Every women has a dirty secret) See more »


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Season 4 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 4.1 Now You Know (Song Title From Merrily We Roll Along)


  • 4.2 Smiles of a Summer Night (The Ingmar Bergman film that A Little Night Music is based on.)


  • 4.3 The Game (Could be a reference to a musical section from Putting It Together)


  • 4.4 If There's Anything I Can't Stand (Song title from By George)


  • 4.5 Art Isn't Easy (Lyric line from Putting It Together from Sunday In The Park)


  • 4.6 Now I Know, Don't Be Scared (Lyric quote from I Know Things Now from Into the Woods)


  • 4.7 You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover (Lyric quote from Simple from Anyone Can Whistle)


  • 4.8 Distant Past (Instrumental from Stavisky)


  • 4.9 Something's Coming (Song title from West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein)


  • 4.10 Welcome To Kanagawa (Song title from Pacific Overtures)


  • 4.11 Sunday (Song title from Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 4.12 In Buddy's Eyes (Song title from Follies)


  • 4.13 Hello Little Girl (Song title from Into the Woods)


  • 4.14 Opening Doors (Song title from Merrily We Roll Along)


  • 4.15 Mother Said (Could be first two lyrics from I Know Things Now from Into the Woods. See also 4.6 Now I Know, Don't Be Scared, or lyrics from Into the Woods Act I Prologue)


  • 4.16 The Gun Song (Song title from Assassins)


  • 4.17 Free (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum)


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Quotes

Bree: The photographer's asking if he can get shots of the two of us.
Katherine Mayfair: Wait. I need to talk to you first.
Bree: [Chuckles] I misunderstood the situation, that's all. Can we just leave it at that?
Katherine Mayfair: No, we can't. And do you know why? Because I thought things were going well. I was having fun with you. Obviously... *I* misunderstood. So tell me, was there a straw that broke the camel's back? Or were you planning on killing me all along?
Bree: Here's the thing you need to understand about me and my friends. We each ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits contain references to famous pieces of art, including Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, American Gothic by Grant Wood, and Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup can. Also alluded to are the lesser known Couple Arguing and Romantic Couple by Robert Dale (drawn in a comic book style similar to that of Roy Liechtenstein) and a 1940s "Am I Proud!" poster by Dick Williams (showing a woman holding cans). See more »

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Not just a cult show, but the best show on television.
19 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Think of it as Twin Peaks without the midgets and hunchbacks --and Kyle MacLachlan eating dessert.

This show is just bizarre and enigmatic enough to hook the broad and deep audience that deserted network series television so long ago that they find themselves doubting now whether TV was ever worth the trouble.

I have a hard time selling this series to the guys I know because they assume it's another night time soap ala Melrose Place. But I do try. Really dangerously funny stuff. I predict a popular backlash against this show, and have in fact seen some evidence of it already, simply because so many people are crazy about this show and cannot say enough good things about it. People are tiring of hearing that. But have patience, and don't try to read between the lines of fan praise. It is worth a watch. If only once. Three episodes in, there hasn't been a dud yet. These people will make a mint on First Season DVDs, and deserve to. The sharpest, wittiest, most wildly unpredictable writing now being done. --Makes other "well written" shows, like the CSIs, look as drab as Dragnet.

The bar has just been raised for those making series television. Most TV writers and producers will have to ignore the influence, though, because they won't be able to touch it.

Ten stars, times ten. -------------------

The above review was written close to the beginning of the series. As we get as deep into the second season as we were in the first season where I wrote the above review, a revisit of the series is needed.

Brie is decidedly less funny over time. Maybe more satisfying in a mean way, but less ha ha funny. They have stopped writing those screamingly funny scenes for her, that hinged on what was essentially a neat freak, prim and retentive personality disorder. Remember the burrito sliding off the nightstand at a strategic moment? The tossing of the specimen on Rex at the golf course? The comment on Rex's crying at a dinner party? These scenes, built around Brie, comprised the best moments of the first season, and gone they are, apparently for good, from the second season. This is part of the shows overall shift toward making the luckless, loveless, hard-scrabbling housewives (who overall have a blend of great luck and foul luck, just like real life) "empowered" and impervious. It's inevitable that, with that agenda, the writers are not going to have as much funny stuff for any of the characters to do.

Perhaps as writing chores are handed around-- or more retentively screened by the cast or the powers that be at ABC-- the writers are beginning to write some of the cast "out of character." For example, Gabrielle cracks snide at some rough looking characters at a prison marriage counseling session, when 1) last season her character would have pulled a funny face, maybe insulted their wardrobe, like the essentially clueless and rapacious Barbie doll she is, and gone on or 2) in real life, they'd have mopped the floor with her. She is too prissy, and anorexic-looking for that matter, to deliver some of the tough-girl lines they are handing her. Sorry, but this much is obvious. They are writing Gabrielle and Brie out of character this season.

Other than these flaws -- which are major, in my opinion -- the series still has its moments. But the humor is starting to take precedence behind the conflict and mysteries. We draw closer to the non ironic melodrama world of Dynasty and Melrose Place than we were in the first season. Once, you could have said there was no show with quite the attitude and ambiance of Desperate Housewives first season. Now, you can say that again. The show we knew is slipping away into mundane sameness, and its unpredictability is becoming too patented and predictable. And I find that really too bad.

The show has fallen from 10 of 10 to more like 6 of 10.


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