7.4/10
109,659
190 user 76 critic

Desperate Housewives 

Trailer
1:06 | Trailer
Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Creator:

Marc Cherry
Reviews
Popularity
438 ( 21)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   … See all »
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 62 wins & 182 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sex and the City (1998–2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 1990s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching.

Stars: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Revenge (2011–2015)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An emotionally troubled young woman sets out to exact revenge against the people who wronged her father.

Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann
Devious Maids (2013–2016)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Four Latina maids with ambition and dreams of their own work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

Stars: Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez
The O.C. (2003–2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

Stars: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher
One Tree Hill (2003–2012)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.

Stars: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton
Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena
Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
90210 (2008–2013)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Kansas family relocates to Beverly Hills, where their two children adapt to the infamous social drama of West Beverly Hills High.

Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Smart but wholesome Betty embraces her unique appearance and independent attitude in the cutthroat world of New York fashion.

Stars: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana
Hart of Dixie (2011–2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.

Stars: Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A New York City writer on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her after one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her.

Director: Michael Patrick King
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Teri Hatcher ...  Susan Mayer / ... 180 episodes, 2004-2012
Felicity Huffman ...  Lynette Scavo 180 episodes, 2004-2012
Marcia Cross ...  Bree Van De Kamp / ... 180 episodes, 2004-2012
Eva Longoria ...  Gabrielle Solis / ... 180 episodes, 2004-2012
Ricardo Chavira ...  Carlos Solis 180 episodes, 2004-2012
Brenda Strong ...  Mary Alice Young 180 episodes, 2004-2012
James Denton ...  Mike Delfino 180 episodes, 2004-2012
Doug Savant ...  Tom Scavo 175 episodes, 2004-2012
Shawn Pyfrom ...  Andrew Van De Kamp 112 episodes, 2004-2012
Nicollette Sheridan ...  Edie Britt 111 episodes, 2004-2009
Andrea Bowen ...  Julie Mayer 108 episodes, 2004-2012
Kyle MacLachlan ...  Orson Hodge 96 episodes, 2006-2012
Brent Kinsman ...  Preston Scavo 88 episodes, 2004-2011
Shane Kinsman ...  Porter Scavo 88 episodes, 2004-2011
Kathryn Joosten ...  Karen McCluskey 87 episodes, 2005-2012
Zane Huett ...  Parker Scavo 81 episodes, 2004-2010
Joy Jorgensen ...  Danielle Van De Kamp / ... 78 episodes, 2004-2011
Mark Moses ...  Paul Young 75 episodes, 2004-2011
Edit

Storyline

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 ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Time to come clean See more »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperate Housewives See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In April 2010, Nicollette Sheridan sued Marc Cherry for twenty million dollars on charges of assault and battery, gender violence, wrongful termination, and "intentional infliction of emotional distress". She said that Cherry created a hostile working environment, and behaved unprofessionally towards her on and off-set. 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 »

Quotes

Mary Alice: Trust is a fragile thing. Once earned, it affords us tremendous freedom. But once trust is lost, it can be impossible to recover. Of course the truth is, we never know who we can trust. Those we're closest to can betray us, and total strangers can come to our rescue. In the end, most people decide to trust only themselves. It really is the simplest way to keep from getting burned.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In the second season the shortened version of the credits was shown from episode 2.07 to episode 2.11. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2000s: The Platinum Age Of Television (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Desperate Housewives Theme
Written by Danny Elfman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Enjoyable for both sexes due to its witty dark humor
28 April 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I had approached "Desperate Housewives" with a certain amount of suspicion as I was never a fan by any means of "Sex and the City" and thought this would basically be the same sort of show. In some ways, it is. Men are still represented the same way -- to be blunt, idiots -- and it's still very targeted towards females.

However what I found is that "Desperate Housewives" contains a very funny satirical, dark edge to its humor that elevates it above "Sex and the City" and some other such shows that were previously on television... as a result it can be enjoyed by men and women -- if you like dark suburban comedies such as "The War of the Roses" and "The 'burbs" you'll probably love this.

It centers around a neighborhood of housewives who are trying to figure out who may or may not have killed one of their friends, a woman who supposedly committed suicide.

Meanwhile the show focuses on their relationships, trials and tribulations, mainly the character of Teri Hatcher, who is the one we are meant to feel the most sympathy for.

Although "Desperate Housewives" is rather silly at times and perhaps a bit too smug and clever for its own good, I find it very easy to watch and one of the better entertainments available on television at the time. I'd recommend it to anyone who can appreciate absurd dark humor set in a realistic environment. It's just good fun!


68 of 103 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 190 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed