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 / ... (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Lynette Scavo (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Bree Van De Kamp / ... (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Gabrielle Solis / ... (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Carlos Solis (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Mary Alice Young (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Mike Delfino (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Tom Scavo (175 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Andrew Van De Kamp (112 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Edie Britt (111 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Julie Mayer (108 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Orson Hodge (96 episodes, 2006-2012)
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 Preston Scavo (88 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Porter Scavo (88 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
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 Parker Scavo (81 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (78 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Paul Young (75 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 1 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 1.2: Pilot (No Sondheim Reference)


  • 1.2: Ah, But Underneath (Song title from the London production of Follies)


  • 1.3: Pretty Little Picture (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum)


  • 1.4: Who's That Woman? (Song title from Follies)


  • 1.5: Come in, Stranger (No Sondheim Reference; Johnny Cash song)


  • 1.6: Running to Stand Still (No Sondheim Reference; U2 song)


  • 1.7: Anything You Can Do (No Sondheim Reference; Irving Berlin: Annie Get Your Gun (1950)) 1.8: Guilty (No Sondheim Reference; Randy Newman song)


  • 1.9: Suspicious Minds (No Sondheim Reference; Elvis Presley song)


  • 1:10: Come Back to Me (No Sondheim Reference. Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970))


  • 1.11: Move On (Song title from Sunday in the Park With George)


  • 1. 12: Every Day a Little Death (Song title from A Little Night Music)


  • 1.13: Your Fault (Song title from Into the Woods)


  • 1.14: Love Is in the Air (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum Cut)


  • 1.15: Impossible (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum)


  • 1.6: The Ladies Who Lunch (Song title from Company)


  • 1.17 There Won't Be Trumpets (Song title from Anyone Can Whistle. Cut and later reinstated)


  • 1.18: Children Will Listen (Song title from Into the Woods)


  • 1.19: Live Alone and Like It (Song title from Dick Tracy Film)


  • 1.20: Fear No More (Song title from The Frogs)


  • 1.21: Sunday in the Park with George (Song title from Sunday in the Park with George)


  • 1.22: Goodbye for Now (Instrumental from Reds movie Lyrics added later)


  • 1.23: One Wonderful Day (Song title from Saturday Night).


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Xiao-Mei would never be able to be a surrogate without having a child of her own first. All reputable surrogacy agencies in the US require their surrogates to have had at least one full-term, live birth before becoming a surrogate. See more »

Quotes

Danielle Van De Kamp: [to Matt Applewhite, who has come into the backyard of the Van De Kamps looking for Caleb while Betty distracts Bree. He doesn't notice Danielle is standing by the pool in a bikini and an open robe, smoking a cigarette, with a big smile on her face] Hello.
Matthew Applewhite: [Startled slightly] Oh, hello.
Danielle Van De Kamp: [Still smiling] Looking for something?
Matthew Applewhite: Uh, yeah. I was looking for you.
Danielle Van De Kamp: [Starts walking towards him] Oh, really?
Matthew Applewhite: Yeah, the day we first met, I thought you were pretty cool.
Danielle Van De Kamp: So I'm wondering when you were going to ...
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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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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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