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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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

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

Mary Alice: Trust is a fragile thing. Once earned, it affords us tremendous freedom. But once trust is lost, it can be impossible to recover. Of course the truth is, we never know who we can trust. Those we're closest to can betray us, and total strangers can come to our rescue. In the end, most people decide to trust only themselves. It really is the simplest way to keep from getting burned.
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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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Episode #1.18 (2009) See more »

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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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