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 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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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

Betty Applewhite: Bree, us widows have to stick together.
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Crazy Credits

In the second season the shortened version of the credits was shown from episode 2.07 to episode 2.11. See more »

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Look east, look west, look up and down! Its Susan, Bree, Lynette, Gabrielle, and Edie!
21 February 2005 | by (Sundance, Utah) – See all my reviews

Here it is! The best show to hit the prime time dial in years! Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Nicolette Sheridan, and James Denton create the most bizarre and un believably satirical world of Wisteria Lane, a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful woman, each lives the perfect life...on the outside! Matching "American Beauty" with "Melrose Place", this fresh, raunchy, and intelligent show revolves around four women who begin uncovering a series of mysteries when their best friend commits suicide. Susan Mayer(Teri Hatcher) is a Striking, chirpy woman with a beautiful daughter and a great romance with Mike Delfino(James Denton), but her flaw of natural klutziness gets her in trouble. Hatcher is irresistibly funny, and brings hysterics to the screen. Bree Van De Camp(Marcia Cross) is the stereotypical "Stepford" wife who brings jealousy to the most sweetest of ladies with her perfect life, blue flowers, smart kids, and exceptional marriage...RIGHT! Her life consists of struggling to retain her marriage, or lack there of. Her children hate her most of the time, and her husband can't stand her perfection. Cross is remarkably powerful in performance, and displays witty charm, and howlingly hilarious reactions to the events surrounding her. Not to mention being gorgeous beyond belief! Lynette Scavo(Felicity Huffman) gets the most sympathy from us as the successful woman, on her way to becoming the most powerful woman in business, and then pregnancy after pregnancy takes it all away. Now, she struggles with the most out-of-control children in television history, and a husband who just doesn't get it, or any thing else! Huffman is exceptional in this role, and deserves the recognition for her efforts. She gains so much sympathy when she breaks on children's medication, Lynette is one most people would love to sit and "bitch" with, I know I would. Next is Gabrielle Solis(Eva Longoria), the perfect woman, the rich marriage the most dreaming life of the block...AS IF! She sleeps with teens, and worms her way in and out of situations both good and bad, but she has her funny moments. Longoria is predictably slutty temptress, with minor qualities to redeem, so far. With a little learning for Gabrielle, we might see more than pretty faces with Mrs. Solis, but Longoria is alright. Last, but NEVER least, is Edie Britt(Nicolette Sheridan), a man-hungry woman with a wip and handcuffs! She will walk all over you to get to your man! Watch out for Edie! Sheridan is just right for this caustic, little sexy villainess of the street. Yes, all the women shine in their glory of the show! Better than anything else on TV right now, and probably in the future, "Desperate Housewives" will satisfy to the very touch of perfection, and beyond! Marc Cherry has created a masterpiece with this one! Thank the almighty for this one coming to the TV screen! May we be blessed with this show for many, many years to come!!!!! A perfect 10/10, 100% brilliant!


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