New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.
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
Season six episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where noted): - 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 a.k.a. "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). See more »
Although the creators of the show keep the location of Wisteria Lane a secret, several clues have been given that contradict each other. For example, in the first season the restaurant Saddle Ranch is featured once, suggesting that the mystery location is either in California or Arizona, where the restaurant has locations. However, two families, the Applewhites and the Mayfairs had moved from Chicago suggesting that Fairview is near there. Those two cities are very far from each other. When Renee (Vanessa Williams) arrives she tells Lynette that she flew all the way across the country to see her. Renee lives in NYC so that would suggest Fairview is on the west coast of the United States.
There is also a scene where Suzy is looking for her ex-husband's grandmother's ring. You can see a sign for US Highway 7 which runs from Norwalk, CT, to just south of the Canadian border in Vermont. See more »
So, these "tennis lessons" we're taking, how are we doing?
My backhand is improving greatly, but you're still having problems with your serve.
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In the second season the shortened version of the credits was shown from episode 2.07 to episode 2.11. See more »
The housewives' (and househusbands', and housesinglepeoples') choice.
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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