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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 Gabrielle Solis / ... (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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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Season 3 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 3.1: Listen to the Rain on the Roof (Song title from Follies)
  • 3.2: It Takes Two (Song title from Into the Woods)
  • 3.3: A Weekend in the Country (A Little Night Music)
  • 3.4: Like It Was (Song title from Merrily We Roll Along)
  • 3.5: Nice She Ain't (Song title from Gypsy Cut song. Music by Jule Styne)
  • 3.6: Sweetheart, I Have to Confess (Lyric line from Could I Leave You? from Follies)
  • 3.8: Children and Art (Song title from Sunday In the Park With George)
  • 3.9 Beautiful Girls (Song title from Follies)
  • 3.10 The Miracle Song (Song title from Anyone Can Whistle)
  • 3.11 No Fits, No Fights, No Egos (Lyric line from Together Wherever We Go from Gypsy)
  • 3.12 Not While I'm Around (Song title from Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street)
  • 3.13 Come Play Wiz Me (Anyone Can Whistle)
  • 3.14 I Remember That (Could be lyric quote from I Remember from Evening Primrose)
  • 3.15 Little Things You Do Together (Song title from Company)
  • 3.16 My Husband The Pig (Song title cut and later reinstated into some productions to A Little Night Music and also used in Putting It Together)
  • 3.17 Dress Big (Song title from The Frogs)
  • 3.18 Liaisons (Song title from A Little Night Music)
  • 3.19 God That's Good (Sweeney Todd)
  • 3.20 Gossip (Song title from Sunday In The Park With George)
  • 3.21 Into the Woods (Song title from Into the Woods)
  • 3.22 What Would We Do Without You? (Company)
  • 3.23 Getting Married Today (Song title from Company)
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Goofs

Susan's last name is at first pronounced "Meyer" occasionally by all characters, before it eventually changes to "Mayer" for the second season onward. See more »

Quotes

Bree: Okay, now I want you to hold the gun like you're holding a beautiful white dove. Hold it firmly enough that it can't get away, but not so firmly that you can kill it.
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Crazy Credits

In the first season a shortened version of the credits was shown in the Premiere and the Finale. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 14 June 2011 (2011) See more »

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The housewives' (and househusbands', and housesinglepeoples') choice.
2 February 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the TV reviewers for "Time Out"'s London edition wondered why "Desperate Housewives" has so handily repeated its American success in Britain. Since not every show that's a hit in America exports well to the UK ("Friends" gathered plenty of them over here, and "CSI: Insert Subtitle Here" has consistently been a key player for what used to be called Channel 5; on the other hand, "Murphy Brown" landed on stony soil when it was shown on BBC2, and don't get UK fans started on how "The West Wing" fares here), that's a good question. Fortunately, there is an answer. In fact, several...

1. Germaine Greer, Janet Street-Porter, the editor of "Cosmopolitan" (UK edition) and the TV critics of "The Times" and "The Mirror" have all pooh-poohed it. Since I respect their opinions in the same way I admire Britney Spears purely for her music, this is pretty much a glowing recommendation.

2. Never discount prior experience; just as many critics noted David Chase's work on "The Rockford Files" when "The Sopranos" started here (and never once gave due credit for that beloved '70s show to Stephen J. Cannell and the late Roy Huggins, but that's another story), so creator Marc Cherry's years on "The Golden Girls" (another show that did well here) may have counted. And though I admit I've never liked her, the goodwill Teri Hatcher built up among viewers of both sexes from playing Lois Lane for four years cannot be overlooked.

3. It strikes a major blow on behalf of those of us who don't give a rodent's rump about reality TV.

4. It fills the "Melrose Place"/"Knots Landing"/primetime soap-sized hole that's been gaping for a while now, even down to having former cast members of same, and does it without wildly OTT acting (making it closer to "Knots Landing" in terms of temperament).

5. The series wisely makes at least one of its main characters (Felicity Huffman's Lynette) seem like someone you could actually imagine meeting (key rule of TV: never make everyone too implausible OR too plausible - if everyone really wanted reality no one would have a TV. Or fiction books...).

6. It's both emotional and funny; and it may take a while to wrap up its plot lines, but if the alternative is a whole load of wad-shooting, I'll be patient.

7. The acting. Hatcher may have top-billing and a Golden Globe (and don't bet against her adding an Emmy in September), but five minutes watching Marcia Cross or the aforementioned Miss Huffman will tell you who the real stars are, acting-wise (the ex-Kimberly should have won the GG, not the ex-Mrs. Superman).

8. The eye-candy; never mind "Which desperate housewife are you?" think "Which desperate housewife do you want to sleep with?" Teri still has plenty of devotees and Nicollette Sheridan remains as hot as she was on "Knots Landing" (even if it's not real, it's spectacular) but it's Eva Longoria who really regularly leads viewers into temptation. And please do not deliver us from Eva. (I'll move on before making a "rod and staff" joke.)

9. They had the good sense to get Danny Elfman to do the theme, and unlike "Point Pleasant," I can understand why he said yes.

Welcome to Wisteria Lane. A great place to visit, thus far.


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