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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 3, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Starring: Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria Parker, James Denton
  • Summary: About ten years ago on a sunny day in the loveliest of suburbs, in a town called Fairview, housewife Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) decided to end it all. Now she takes us into the lives of her friends, family and neighbors... Her circle of girlfriends on Wisteria Lane includes Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), a known klutz who recently remarried the love of her life; Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), who struggles with her family and career; Bree Hodge (Marcia Cross), the owner of a thriving catering business and a successful cookbook author, whose lovelife is very complicated nowadays; the ex-model turned housewife Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker), who finds herself chasing after two daughters plus a wild niece. The ladies have welcomed the now single Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany), who lived on the street once before when Mary Alice was alive, into their small, tight-knit group, and the newest housewife to arrive on the lane, Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo), promises to shake things up quite a bit.Then there are the men: Mike Delfino (James Denton), Susan's husband, a charming plumber; Lynette's adorable husband, Tom (Doug Savant), who always stays by his wife's side despite many challenges; Gabrielle's husband, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), who works hard to provide for his wife and daughters; Orson Hodge (Kyle MacLachlan), a devoted husband to Bree; and Nick Bolen (Jeffrey Nordling), Angie's creepy and secretive husband. The kids include Julie Mayer (Andrea Bowen), Susan's polite and charming daughter, who is now keeping some secrets of her own; Porter Scavo (Charlie Carver), one of Lynette and Tom's twins, an emotional rebel; Parker (Joshua Logan Moore) and Penny (Kendall Applegate), the Scavos' younger children; MJ Delfino (Mason Vale Cotton), Susan and Mike's cute young boy; Juanita (Madison De La Garza) and Celia (Daniella Baltodano), the Solises' young, mischievous daughters; Ana Solis (Maiara Walsh), Carlos' manipulative and spoiled niece; and Danny Bolen (Beau Mirchoff), Angie's strange and moody 19-year-old son.

    And finally there are the gay couple, Bob (Tuc Watkins) and Lee (Kevin Rahm), who moved from the city for a more quieter, peaceful life, and local busybody Karen McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten).From her unique vantage point, Mary Alice sees more now than she ever did alive, and she's planning to share all the delicious secrets that hide behind every neighbor's closed door in this seemingly perfect American suburb."Desperate Housewives" stars Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young, Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge, Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis, Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair (season 4 onwards), Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt (seasons 1-5), Drea de Matteo as Angie Bolen (season 6), Alfre Woodard as Betty Applewhite (season 2), James Denton as Mike Delfino, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Kyle MacLachlan as Orson Hodge (season 3 onwards), Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer, Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van de Kamp, Joy Lauren as Danielle Van de Kamp, Mark Moses as Paul Young and Cody Kasch as Zach Young (seasons 1-2), Steven Culp as Rex Van de Kamp (season 1), Jesse Metcalfe as John Rowland (season 1 - recurring afterwards), Roger Bart as George Williams (seasons 1-2), Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer (season 2 - recurring otherwise), Mehcad Brooks as Matthew Applewhite (season 2), Josh Henderson as Austin McCann and Dougray Scott as Ian Hainsworth (season 3), Rachel Fox as Kayla Huntington (seasons 3-4), Lyndsy Fonseca as Dylan Mayfair (season 4), Neal McDonough as Dave Williams (season 5), Maiara Walsh as Ana Solis (season 6), Jeffrey Nordling as Nick Bolen and Beau Mirchoff as Danny Bolen (season 6) and Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey. Marc Cherry ("The Golden Girls") is executive producer and creator. "Desperate Housewives" is produced by Touchstone Television and is the winner of both the 2005 and 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Marc Cherry
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 3, 2004
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 20, 2013
    It is not enough to say that Desperate Housewives is the best new series of the fall. In a season of forgettable sitcoms, the hour show is the funniest newcomer. In a largely predictable lineup, it is a shrewd mystery with involving twists. In a medium that often shortchanges women, it is a grand showcase for accomplished actresses. [1 Oct 2004]
  2. Jun 20, 2013
    Deliciously written ... this is the most compelling and original television series, and [Marc] Cherry our most gifted auteur, since The West Wing and Aaron Sorkin burst upon the scene five long years ago. [1 Oct 2004]
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 20, 2013
    One of the fall season's most purely enjoyable new series is also one of the very best. [1 Oct 2004]
  4. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 20, 2013
    The new prime-time soap opera "Desperate Housewives" could be described as a guilty pleasure - but there's no reason for guilt. This show is an absolute pleasure - and the most entertaining new show of the fall season. [30 Sep 2004]
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 20, 2013
    A kinky streak of humor keeps Desperate Housewives from sliding into morose desolation. [3 Oct 2004]
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 20, 2013
    Unique, fresh, and quite entertaining. [1 Oct 2004]
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 20, 2013
    I found that the satire of "Housewives" wasn't tart enough to be truly funny, and the drama wasn't nearly textured enough to reflect the real lives of contemporary mothers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 4, 2011
    Desperate Housewives is one of the most well-written TV shows are all of time I don't know how Marc Cherry does it. With the narration of the Character Mary Alice Young she always manages to give instructive advice on Life that viewers will enjoy. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    I love this show and i rated show 93/100.I like Season 1 but for me this show is funny and exciting to watch at home much better than those other new TV shows nowadays because this show is amazing and my favourite show to watch. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2011
    For a show it is a truly amazing watch with a fine, fine story line and excellent narration. One of the best shows ever created by a long shot! F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is funny, like this show, but it does not have an juicy scandels or cliff hangers! MOVE OVER F.R.I.E.N.D.S.! WOOOHOOO! Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2013
    "Desperate Housewives" was something new and refreshing upon it's premiere on ABC in 2004. What made the show so successful was not only the outstanding writing, but the chemistry between the cast members. Each member of the cast was overwhelming able to bring their characters to life and at times made them quite relate-able. Overall, the development in terms of the characters and the story-line (the constant twist and turns were amazingly executed) were quite impressive! Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2013
    Amazing Marcias Cross and Felicity Huffman, Cross with the winter finale. So good, so unexpected, so
    reflexive. Well writing that episode: That suicide's attempt perfect. I love so much Lynnete-Tom storyline and the epic conclusion throgh the penultimate episode. The last episode was not so good for that storyline.
    I hate Mike's death, and I didn't see so necessary. But well writting. A TV classic. The best mix of comedy and drama in the same show.
  6. Oct 30, 2014
    Desperate Housewives was undeniably uneven throughout its eight season run but this first season was great viewing. Yes, it is outlandish and unrealistic, but it was always fun to watch and the central mystery surrounding the suicide of (narrator) Mary Alice Young certainly made sure I came back episode after episode. Expand
  7. Nov 4, 2011
    The 4 first seasons were good (my favorite is the 1st one). The season 5 annoying, season 6 so so, season 7 very so so and the last one for now is very very so so. Collapse

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