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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Series cast summary:
 Susan Mayer / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Lynette Scavo (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Bree Van De Kamp / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Gabrielle Solis / ... (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Carlos Solis (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Mike Delfino (181 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Mary Alice Young (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Tom Scavo (176 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Edie Britt (112 episodes, 2004-2009)
 Andrew Van De Kamp (112 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Julie Mayer (107 episodes, 2004-2012)
 Orson Hodge (96 episodes, 2006-2012)
 Preston Scavo (89 episodes, 2004-2011)
 Porter Scavo (89 episodes, 2004-2011)
 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
 Parker Scavo (82 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Paul Young (76 episodes, 2004-2011)
 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (76 episodes, 2004-2011)


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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Secrets. Romance. Murder. All On One Street. See more »


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Release Date:

3 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beautés déséspérées  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Sheryl Lee was originally cast as Mary Alice Young and actually shot the pilot but at the last minute Brenda Strong was cast in the role and Mary Alice's scenes had to be re-shot. See more »


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 »


Sister Mary Bernard: Money can't buy happiness.
Gabrielle: Sure it can! That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting.
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Crazy Credits

In the first season a shortened version of the credits was shown in the Premiere and the Finale. See more »


Referenced in Community: Advanced Introduction to Finality (2013) See more »

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A huge surprise on Wisteria Lane
31 December 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

All I can say about this show is: You gotta love the dirty laundry!

At first when I saw the pilots, it was like: What the heck? Are they serious that they were going to make a show about a bunch of shallow people living on a street having sex and complaining about not having enough sex? But at the end, I was wrong.

This is a show about misunderstood and troubled people who really cares about each other and shows it. They are human and they hurt people like everyday-people do. I love this show and it is so humane and the characters are so likable in every single way.

The desperate housewives are portrayed by Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria. As much I hate the character Gabrielle, I have to say, I have to love Eva Logoria's charm because she is delightful to watch as a person in interviews. I love the character Bree. She is so stunning to watch as this perfectionist with a family that is nothing but 'perfect.' Felicity Huffman plays the real everyday-mom who's stressed - Lynette, who's also an great character. There's Teri Hatcher's character, Susan, which I liked at first but she gets boring but she does have a great cheerleader, her daughter Julie, who is probably much more likable than her.

And there's Edie Britt ... the 'slut' of the neighborhood. I hated her at first, but then, slowly, loved her.

What makes this show so creative is that it is narrated by a housewife that committed suicide on episode one. It is an extremely nice turn in television.

This is my favorite show ... next to Lost. ABC is doing very well this season.

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