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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secret | friend | blackmail | suicide | murder | See more »

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3 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Season 6 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 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 aka "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)


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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

Julie: [to Susan] I always assumed I'd have sex for the first time before you had it again.
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Crazy Credits

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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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