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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 / ... (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Lynette Scavo (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Bree Van De Kamp / ... (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Gabrielle Solis / ... (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Carlos Solis (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Mary Alice Young (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Mike Delfino (180 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Tom Scavo (175 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Edie Britt (111 episodes, 2004-2009)
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 Andrew Van De Kamp (111 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Julie Mayer (107 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Orson Hodge (96 episodes, 2006-2012)
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 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
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 Preston Scavo (87 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Porter Scavo (87 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Parker Scavo (81 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (77 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Paul Young (75 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 1 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 1.2: Pilot (No Sondheim Reference)


  • 1.2: Ah, But Underneath (Song title from the London production of Follies)


  • 1.3: Pretty Little Picture (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum)


  • 1.4: Who's That Woman? (Song title from Follies)


  • 1.5: Come in, Stranger (No Sondheim Reference; Johnny Cash song)


  • 1.6: Running to Stand Still (No Sondheim Reference; U2 song)


  • 1.7: Anything You Can Do (No Sondheim Reference; Irving Berlin: Annie Get Your Gun (1950)) 1.8: Guilty (No Sondheim Reference; Randy Newman song)


  • 1.9: Suspicious Minds (No Sondheim Reference; Elvis Presley song)


  • 1:10: Come Back to Me (No Sondheim Reference. Burton Lane/Alan Jay Lerner: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970))


  • 1.11: Move On (Song title from Sunday in the Park With George)


  • 1. 12: Every Day a Little Death (Song title from A Little Night Music)


  • 1.13: Your Fault (Song title from Into the Woods)


  • 1.14: Love Is in the Air (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum Cut)


  • 1.15: Impossible (Song title from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum)


  • 1.6: The Ladies Who Lunch (Song title from Company)


  • 1.17 There Won't Be Trumpets (Song title from Anyone Can Whistle. Cut and later reinstated)


  • 1.18: Children Will Listen (Song title from Into the Woods)


  • 1.19: Live Alone and Like It (Song title from Dick Tracy Film)


  • 1.20: Fear No More (Song title from The Frogs)


  • 1.21: Sunday in the Park with George (Song title from Sunday in the Park with George)


  • 1.22: Goodbye for Now (Instrumental from Reds movie Lyrics added later)


  • 1.23: One Wonderful Day (Song title from Saturday Night).


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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

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

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