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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Aching for Perfection. Thirsty for Blood. Longing for Truth. Dying for Love. Hungry for Revenge. See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Season 5 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 5.1 You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (Song Title From Follies)


  • 5.2 We're So Happy You're So Happy (Lyric line from Prologue Act 2 from Into the Woods)


  • 5.3 Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else (Deleted song from West Side Story)


  • 5.4 Back in Business (Song Title From Dick Tracy & Putting It Together)


  • 5.5 Mirror Mirror (Lyric line from Who's That Woman? (The Mirror Song) from Follies)


  • 5.6 There's Always a Woman (Deleted song and later reinstated from Anyone Can Whistle)


  • 5.7 What More Do I Need? (Song title from Saturday Night)


  • 5.8 City on Fire (Song title from Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)


  • 5.9 Me and My Town (Song title from Anyone Can Whistle)


  • 5.10 A Vision's Just a Vision (Lyric line from "Putting It Together from Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 5.11 Home Is The Place (Song written for Tony Bennett. Music by Jule Styne)


  • 5.12 Connect! Connect! (Lyric line from Everybody's Got the Right To Be Happy from Assassins)


  • 5.13 The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Lyric line from Now You Know from Merrily We Roll Along)


  • 5.14 Mama Spent Money When She Had None (Lyric line from Children and Art from Sunday In The Park)


  • 5.15 In a World Where the Kings Are Employers (Lyric line from Liaisons from A Little Night Music.)


  • 5.16 Crime Doesn't Pay (Song title from The Lady Or The Tiger written with Mary Rodgers. Abandoned)


  • 5.17 The Story of Lucy and Jessie (Song title from Follies)


  • 5.18 A Spark to Pierce the Dark (Lyric line from Broadway Baby from Follies)


  • 5.19 Look Into Their Eyes And You See What They Know (Lyric Line from The Ladies Who Lunch from Company)


  • 5.20 Rose's Turn (Song title from Gyps. Music by Jule Styne)


  • 5.21 Bargaining (Song Title from Do I Hear a Waltz? Music by Richard Rodgers)


  • 5.22 Marry Me A Little (Cut and then reinstated into Company. It was also used a song in the musical revue "Marry Me A Little"


  • 5.23 Everyone Says Don't (Song title from Anyone Can Whistle Also used as episode title for episode 2.18)


  • 5.24 If It's Only In Your Head (Lyric line from Putting It Together from Sunday In The Park)


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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

[after breaking up with Mike]
Susan: Julie, Mommy needs a hug!
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Crazy Credits

The credits contain references to famous pieces of art, including Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, American Gothic by Grant Wood, and Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup can. Also alluded to are the lesser known Couple Arguing and Romantic Couple by Robert Dale (drawn in a comic book style similar to that of Roy Liechtenstein) and a 1940s "Am I Proud!" poster by Dick Williams (showing a woman holding cans). See more »

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Look east, look west, look up and down! Its Susan, Bree, Lynette, Gabrielle, and Edie!
21 February 2005 | by (Sundance, Utah) – See all my reviews

Here it is! The best show to hit the prime time dial in years! Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Nicolette Sheridan, and James Denton create the most bizarre and un believably satirical world of Wisteria Lane, a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful woman, each lives the perfect life...on the outside! Matching "American Beauty" with "Melrose Place", this fresh, raunchy, and intelligent show revolves around four women who begin uncovering a series of mysteries when their best friend commits suicide. Susan Mayer(Teri Hatcher) is a Striking, chirpy woman with a beautiful daughter and a great romance with Mike Delfino(James Denton), but her flaw of natural klutziness gets her in trouble. Hatcher is irresistibly funny, and brings hysterics to the screen. Bree Van De Camp(Marcia Cross) is the stereotypical "Stepford" wife who brings jealousy to the most sweetest of ladies with her perfect life, blue flowers, smart kids, and exceptional marriage...RIGHT! Her life consists of struggling to retain her marriage, or lack there of. Her children hate her most of the time, and her husband can't stand her perfection. Cross is remarkably powerful in performance, and displays witty charm, and howlingly hilarious reactions to the events surrounding her. Not to mention being gorgeous beyond belief! Lynette Scavo(Felicity Huffman) gets the most sympathy from us as the successful woman, on her way to becoming the most powerful woman in business, and then pregnancy after pregnancy takes it all away. Now, she struggles with the most out-of-control children in television history, and a husband who just doesn't get it, or any thing else! Huffman is exceptional in this role, and deserves the recognition for her efforts. She gains so much sympathy when she breaks on children's medication, Lynette is one most people would love to sit and "bitch" with, I know I would. Next is Gabrielle Solis(Eva Longoria), the perfect woman, the rich marriage the most dreaming life of the block...AS IF! She sleeps with teens, and worms her way in and out of situations both good and bad, but she has her funny moments. Longoria is predictably slutty temptress, with minor qualities to redeem, so far. With a little learning for Gabrielle, we might see more than pretty faces with Mrs. Solis, but Longoria is alright. Last, but NEVER least, is Edie Britt(Nicolette Sheridan), a man-hungry woman with a wip and handcuffs! She will walk all over you to get to your man! Watch out for Edie! Sheridan is just right for this caustic, little sexy villainess of the street. Yes, all the women shine in their glory of the show! Better than anything else on TV right now, and probably in the future, "Desperate Housewives" will satisfy to the very touch of perfection, and beyond! Marc Cherry has created a masterpiece with this one! Thank the almighty for this one coming to the TV screen! May we be blessed with this show for many, many years to come!!!!! A perfect 10/10, 100% brilliant!


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