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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 Andrew Van De Kamp (112 episodes, 2004-2012)
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 Edie Britt (111 episodes, 2004-2009)
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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, 2004-2011)
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 Porter Scavo (88 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Karen McCluskey (87 episodes, 2005-2012)
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 Parker Scavo (81 episodes, 2004-2010)
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 Danielle Van De Kamp / ... (78 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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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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Trivia

Gabrielle's under-aged lover calls her constantly "Mrs. Solis". It's a clear reference to the relationship of Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967), since both situations are very similar. See more »

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 »

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[Rex has just told Bree about his masochism]
Rex: For God's sake, you promised to be supportive.
Bree: What do you want me to say? My husband likes to wear metal clamps around his nipples. Hooray?
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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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Referenced in Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) See more »

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Desperate Housewives Theme
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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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