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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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 Edie Britt (112 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Andrew Van De Kamp (112 episodes, 2004-2012)
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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, 2004-2010)
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 Porter Scavo (88 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
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 Parker Scavo (82 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (78 episodes, 2004-2011)
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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Season 4 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 4.1 Now You Know (Song Title From Merrily We Roll Along)


  • 4.2 Smiles of a Summer Night (The Ingmar Bergman film that A Little Night Music is based on.)


  • 4.3 The Game (Could be a reference to a musical section from Putting It Together)


  • 4.4 If There's Anything I Can't Stand (Song title from By George)


  • 4.5 Art Isn't Easy (Lyric line from Putting It Together from Sunday In The Park)


  • 4.6 Now I Know, Don't Be Scared (Lyric quote from I Know Things Now from Into the Woods)


  • 4.7 You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover (Lyric quote from Simple from Anyone Can Whistle)


  • 4.8 Distant Past (Instrumental from Stavisky)


  • 4.9 Something's Coming (Song title from West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein)


  • 4.10 Welcome To Kanagawa (Song title from Pacific Overtures)


  • 4.11 Sunday (Song title from Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 4.12 In Buddy's Eyes (Song title from Follies)


  • 4.13 Hello Little Girl (Song title from Into the Woods)


  • 4.14 Opening Doors (Song title from Merrily We Roll Along)


  • 4.15 Mother Said (Could be first two lyrics from I Know Things Now from Into the Woods. See also 4.6 Now I Know, Don't Be Scared, or lyrics from Into the Woods Act I Prologue)


  • 4.16 The Gun Song (Song title from Assassins)


  • 4.17 Free (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum)


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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 »

Quotes

Edie: I know who she is. She's a man eating, scum sucking hoe bag.
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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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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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