Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Mystery
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 80,682 users  
Reviews: 155 user | 84 critic

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

Creator:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 22 Jun 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Jan 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 16 Dec 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

Desperate Housewives (2004–2012) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Desperate Housewives.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2012   2011   2010   2009   … See all »
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 50 wins & 127 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sex and the City (1998–2004)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Four beautiful female New Yorkers gossip about their sex-lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 90's.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Privileged teens living on the Upper Eastside of New York City.

Stars: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Devious Maids (TV Series 2013)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four Latina maids with ambition and dreams of their own work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

Stars: Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez
Grey's Anatomy (TV Series 2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

Stars: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
The O.C. (2003–2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

Stars: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher
One Tree Hill (2003–2012)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This series follows the eventful lives of some high-school kids in Tree Hill, a small but not too quiet town in North Carolina, where the greatest source of pride is the high school basketball team, the Ravens,

Stars: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton
90210 (2008–2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Kansas family relocates to Beverly Hills, where their two children adapt to the infamous social drama of West Beverly Hills High.

Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
Private Practice (2007–2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A spin-off of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" centering on the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery.

Stars: Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland
Pretty Little Liars (TV Series 2010)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
Charmed (1998–2006)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three sisters discover their destiny - to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.

Stars: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only problem is that it's hard for a slightly less attractive women to find her beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana
Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Susan Mayer / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Lynette Scavo (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Bree Van De Kamp / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Gabrielle Solis / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Carlos Solis (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Mike Delfino (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Mary Alice Young (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Tom Scavo (176 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Andrew Van De Kamp (113 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Edie Britt (112 episodes, 2004-2009)
...
 Julie Mayer (107 episodes, 2004-2012)
...
 Orson Hodge (96 episodes, 2006-2012)
...
 Preston Scavo (89 episodes, 2004-2011)
...
 Porter Scavo (89 episodes, 2004-2011)
...
 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
...
 Parker Scavo (82 episodes, 2004-2010)
...
 Paul Young (76 episodes, 2004-2011)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Secrets. Romance. Murder. All On One Street. See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beautés déséspérées  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first television series to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for a show that had not yet completed its first season. See more »

Goofs

Several times through out the seasons, when the camera is filming from the outside of a house into the front door, it can be noticed that the interior that is visible from the shot is different from the interior when filming on the inside of the house. See more »

Quotes

Bree: [to Rex] Please don't mistake my anal retentiveness for actual affection.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

"Desperate," Guilty and Loving Every Friggin' Minute Of It!
27 March 2005 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

Some thirty years ago now, a fledgling writer and self-admitted 'desperate housewife' herself, one Susan Harris was sitting watching the gawd-awful writing and acting being perpetrated on some daytime sudser and said, "Well, hell! I can do this, and I can do it better!" And so she sat down and started work on what became one of the most ground-breaking series of its time, SOAP.

Fast-forward to 2004. Miraculously, and not a moment too soon, the can-do spirit and twisted, blackly comic sensibility that Susan Harris blended into her frothy concoction has seeped into the consciousness and the pen of one Mr. Marc Cherry, and television right now is all the better for it.

It was high time, in a slate of shows that range from the ones that take themselves all too seriously (THE WEST WING, ER and about any other medical or cop drama you can name), to the ones that have no shame at all (AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, FEAR FACTOR and every 'reality show' going), that somebody took the complete, over-the-top ridiculousness of both day-and-night-time soaps and gave them a good, hard shake.

DESPERATE is not a sitcom, but nothing on television right now makes me laugh harder. It isn't a straight drama, but I find myself just as involved as if I were watching LOST or THE SHIELD. It's not some stiff, stodgy or saccharine, treacly morality play, but when it comes to having a sense of those "family values" that certain politicians are so fond of emphasizing, it carries in one episode more commentary about love, compassion and caring for one's fellow man than all the seasons of JOAN OF ARCADIA and "that show with Della Reese" combined.

Not that it's going to receive the Nobel Prize anytime soon. I would just as soon settle for seeing every member of the terrific cast win an Emmy every year this show runs, and sooner or later, I have no doubt that it will happen.

But besides bringing us a terrific show to look forward to on Sunday nights, (something that hasn't happened for me personally since the heyday of THE X-FILES), let us give thanks for something else that TV has been far too slow in acknowledging...the value of beautiful, brainy and talented actresses over 40.

For realizing that Teri Hatcher DESPERATELY needed a role that would prove she could do a helluva lot more than play yet another version of Lois Lane. That Felicity Huffman, one of our most under-appreciated talents, DESPERATELY needed the sustenance of a role like Lynette Scavo to sink her teeth into. That Marcia Cross DESPERATELY needed the kind of showcase for HER talents that the likes of Frances Conroy, CCH Pounder, Sharon Gless and other top notch actresses only get on cable, and that Bree Van De Kamp will prove once and for all what we always knew from MELROSE PLACE--this woman ROCKS!, and for giving Eva Longoria something that all actors as gorgeous as she have DESPERATELY needed forever...the chance to prove that being a treat for the eyes, does not automatically mean that your acting talent is about as deep as a kiddie wading pool.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...and thank you for making us all DESPERATE for more of the shady doings on the sunny side of the streets of Wisteria Lane.


80 of 109 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Politics JHT
Fail - Susan cooking for Paul! mrsinlove
Why is everybody hating on season 7? misk02
Most touching scenes champagne_kisses91
Susan smchildsm
Apart from the four main girls, who were your favourite characters? champagne_kisses91
Discuss Desperate Housewives (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page