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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 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (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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3 October 2004 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Season 6 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 6.1: Nice is Different from Good (Lyric line from "I Know Things Now" from Into the Woods)


  • 6.2: Being Alive (Song Title from Company)


  • 6.3: Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover (Lyric line from "Ah, But Underneath" from the London production of Follies


  • 6.4: The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues (Song Title aka "Buddy's Blues" from Follies)


  • 6.5:Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum)


  • 6.6: Don't Walk On The Grass (Lyric line from Everyone Says Don't from Anyone Can Whistle)


  • 6.7 Careful The Things You Say (Lyric line from Children Will Listen from Into the Woods)


  • 6.8: The Coffee Cup (Lyric Line from Losing My Mind from Follies)


  • 6.9: Would I Think Of Suicide? (Lyric line from Could I Leave You? from Follies)


  • 6.10 Boom Crunch (Song Title. Cut from Into the Woods)


  • 6.11: If (Early title for the song It Would Have Been Wonderful from A Little Night Music.)


  • 6.12 You Gotta Have a Gimmick (from Gypsy. Music by Jules Styne)


  • 6.13 How About A Friendly Shrink? (Lyric line From A Country House from the London version of Follies and also in Putting It Together)


  • 6.14 The Glamorous Life (Song Title from A Little Night Music)


  • 6.15 Lovely (Song Title from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum)


  • 6.16 The Chase (Instrumental from film version of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum)


  • 6.17 Chromolume No. 7 (Instrumental from Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 6.18 My Two Young Men (Song Title from Bounce)


  • 6.19 We All Deserve to Die (Lyric line from the song "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)


  • 6.20 Epiphany (Song title from Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)


  • 6.21 A Little Night Music (Title of show)


  • 6.22 The Ballad of Booth (Song Title from Assassins)


  • 6.23 I Guess This Is Goodbye (Song Title from Into the Woods)


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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 »

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Andrew Van De Kamp: Isn't that weird? That's the sound my mom makes when she climaxes!
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Enjoyable for both sexes due to its witty dark humor
28 April 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I had approached "Desperate Housewives" with a certain amount of suspicion as I was never a fan by any means of "Sex and the City" and thought this would basically be the same sort of show. In some ways, it is. Men are still represented the same way -- to be blunt, idiots -- and it's still very targeted towards females.

However what I found is that "Desperate Housewives" contains a very funny satirical, dark edge to its humor that elevates it above "Sex and the City" and some other such shows that were previously on television... as a result it can be enjoyed by men and women -- if you like dark suburban comedies such as "The War of the Roses" and "The 'burbs" you'll probably love this.

It centers around a neighborhood of housewives who are trying to figure out who may or may not have killed one of their friends, a woman who supposedly committed suicide.

Meanwhile the show focuses on their relationships, trials and tribulations, mainly the character of Teri Hatcher, who is the one we are meant to feel the most sympathy for.

Although "Desperate Housewives" is rather silly at times and perhaps a bit too smug and clever for its own good, I find it very easy to watch and one of the better entertainments available on television at the time. I'd recommend it to anyone who can appreciate absurd dark humor set in a realistic environment. It's just good fun!


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