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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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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)
 Edie Britt (112 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Andrew Van De Kamp (112 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Julie Mayer (108 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Orson Hodge (96 episodes, 2006-2012)
 Preston Scavo (88 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Porter Scavo (88 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Parker Scavo (82 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (78 episodes, 2004-2011)
 Paul Young (76 episodes, 2004-2011)


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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Season 2 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 2.1: Next (Song title from Pacific Overtures)

  • 2.2: You Could Drive a Person Crazy (Song title from Company)

  • 2.3: You'll Never Get Away from Me (Song title from Gypsy Music by Jule Styne)

  • 2.4: My Heart Belongs to Daddy (No Sondheim Reference. Cole Porter Leave It To Me)

  • 2.5: They Asked Me Why I Believe in You (Song title from I Believe In You Unproduced)

  • 2.6: I Wish I Could Forget You (Song title from Passion)

  • 2.7: Color and Light (Song title from Sunday in the Park with George)

  • 2.9: That's Good, That's Bad Season (Song title from Hot Spot. Music by Mary Rodgers)

  • 2.10: Coming Home (Song title from Bounce)

  • 2.11: One More Kiss (Song title from Follies)

  • 2.12: We're Gonna Be All Right (Song title from Do I Hear A Waltz? Music by Richard Rodgers)

  • 2.13: There's Something About a War (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum Cut)

  • 2.14: Silly People (Song title from A Little Night Music Cut)

  • 2.15: Thank You So Much (Song title from Do I Hear A Waltz? Music by Richard Rodgers)

  • 2.16: There Is No Other Way (Song title from Pacific Overtures)

  • 2.17: Could I Leave You? (Song title from Follies)

  • 2.18: Everybody Says Don't (Anyone Can Whistle)

  • 2.19: Don't Look at Me (Song title from Follies)

  • 2.20: It Wasn't Meant to Happen (Song title from Follies Cut)

  • 2.21: I Know Things Now (Song title from Into the Woods)

  • 2.22: No One Is Alone (Song title from Into the Woods)

  • 2.23 & 2.24 Remember: Part 1 & 2 (Song title from A Little Night Music)

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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 »


Mr. Shaw: Sometimes evil drives a minivan.
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In the first season a shortened version of the credits was shown in the Premiere and the Finale. See more »


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Desperately Wanting More
5 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm gonna address something in a serious tone, that is way unlike the premiere of Desperate Housewives. Television, has gotten entirely too serious. It has! Even its comedies can be horribly depressing.

As I sat watching the premiere of Desperate Housewives, I found myself doing something I haven't done in quite some time, and that is "smiling," No, I mean, a huge smile, a GRIN of thankfulness.

I have a theory that most pilot scripts suck, because they are establishing a series, I have hardly ever liked a PILOT script, even if they do their job well which is establish character and the mood of the show. The great story telling comes after the pilot.

The only good pilot I have seen in recent years, was the pilot for ALIAS (brilliant) now a week ago, I saw the PILOT for LOST (edge of your seat good). But even those were topped by the intricate, hysterical, amazing pilot script for DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. If the writers are out there, reading this, 1. Thank You. 2. why are you reading this, get to writing more of this wonderful show.

They also have gotten a superb cast of women. OLDER WOMEN! WOMEN WOMEN, not some 20 something year olds with bland looks on their faces and pouty lips! But Talented, amazing, beautiful, WOMEN (and I'm a guy in my 20's) I appreciate that... WOMEN over 40 ROCK! I speak of course of Felicity Huffman, who can do more with one line of Dialogue, than any other actress I know. This show, brings also the RETURN of Terri Hatcher, THANK GOD! It's about TIME!! And it also brings me, MARCIA CROSS, an actress who should have been given an EMMY for her brilliant, heartbreaking work in EVERWOOD last season.

The producers/Direction/showrunners of the show, have established a look for the show. it's American BEAUTY on ACID. A gorgeous use of color and cinematography, of scoring, and well, I mention it again, because it's so important... GREAT WRITING!

On every level, the PILOT for DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES impresses. It has bite, humor and heart. I hope that it will be around for a long time. But even this one episode is enough to remind people everywhere, that network television can still be FUN!

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