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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secret | friend | blackmail | suicide | murder | See more »

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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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3 October 2004 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Season 8 episodes that have Stephen Sondheim song titles or lyric references as their show titles (Except where denoted):
  • 8.1 Secrets That I Never Want To Know (Lyric line from the song I Know Things Now from Into the Woods)


  • 8.2 Making the Connection (Lyric line from the song Putting It Together From Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 8.3 Watch While I Revise The World (Lyric line from the song Beautiful From Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 8.4 School of Hard Knocks (Song title from Climb High)


  • 8.5 Art of Making Art (Lyric line from the song Putting It Together From Sunday In the Park With George)


  • 8.6 Witch's Lament (Song title from Into the Woods. aka Lament)


  • 8.7 Always In Control (Lyric line from Marry Me A Little original cut and latter reinstated into Company. Also used in Marry Me A Little)


  • 8.8 Suspicion Song (Song Title from The Exception and the Rule aka The Race to Urga and A Pray by Blech. Abandoned Music by Leonard Bernstein)


  • 8.9 Putting It Together (Song Title from Sunday In The Park With George)


  • 8.10 What's To Discuss Old Friend (Lyric line from Old Friends from Merrily We Roll Along)


  • 8.11 Who Can Say What's True? (Lyric line from No One Is Alone from Into the Woods)


  • 8.12 What's the Good of Being Good (Lyric line from Prologue (Act 1) from Into the Woods)


  • 8.13 Is This What You Call Love? (Song title from Passion)


  • 8.14 Get Out of My Life (Song title from Bounce)


  • 8.15 She Needs Me (title for an unused from Manos Hadjidakis' 1967 musical Illya Darling, for which Sondheim wrote lyrics for just this song)


  • 8.16 You Take for Granted (lyric line from Good Thing Going from Merrily We Roll Along


  • 8.17 Women and Death (track title from the Sondheim-written score for the 1974 movie Stavisky)


  • 8.18 Any Moment (part of a song title from Into the Woods)


  • 8.19 With So Little to Be Sure Of (song title from Anyone Can Whistle)


  • 8.20 Lost My Power (lyric from Ever After from Into the Woods)


  • 8.21 The People Will Hear (song title from All That Glitters)


  • 8.22 Give Me the Blame (lyric from Last Midnight from Into the Woods)


  • 8.23 Finishing the Hat (song title from Sunday in the Park with George; also the title of Sondheim's first book of collected lyrics [1954-1981])


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Goofs

Xiao-Mei would never be able to be a surrogate without having a child of her own first. All reputable surrogacy agencies in the US require their surrogates to have had at least one full-term, live birth before becoming a surrogate. See more »

Quotes

Mary Alice: An odd thing happens when we die, our senses vanish. Taste, touch, smell and sound become a distant memory, but our sight? Ah, our sight expands and we can suddenly see the world we left behind so clearly. Of course most of what's visible to the dead could also be seen by the living, if they would only take the time to look.
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Crazy Credits

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"Desperate," Guilty and Loving Every Friggin' Minute Of It!
27 March 2005 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

Some thirty years ago now, a fledgling writer and self-admitted 'desperate housewife' herself, one Susan Harris was sitting watching the gawd-awful writing and acting being perpetrated on some daytime sudser and said, "Well, hell! I can do this, and I can do it better!" And so she sat down and started work on what became one of the most ground-breaking series of its time, SOAP.

Fast-forward to 2004. Miraculously, and not a moment too soon, the can-do spirit and twisted, blackly comic sensibility that Susan Harris blended into her frothy concoction has seeped into the consciousness and the pen of one Mr. Marc Cherry, and television right now is all the better for it.

It was high time, in a slate of shows that range from the ones that take themselves all too seriously (THE WEST WING, ER and about any other medical or cop drama you can name), to the ones that have no shame at all (AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS, FEAR FACTOR and every 'reality show' going), that somebody took the complete, over-the-top ridiculousness of both day-and-night-time soaps and gave them a good, hard shake.

DESPERATE is not a sitcom, but nothing on television right now makes me laugh harder. It isn't a straight drama, but I find myself just as involved as if I were watching LOST or THE SHIELD. It's not some stiff, stodgy or saccharine, treacly morality play, but when it comes to having a sense of those "family values" that certain politicians are so fond of emphasizing, it carries in one episode more commentary about love, compassion and caring for one's fellow man than all the seasons of JOAN OF ARCADIA and "that show with Della Reese" combined.

Not that it's going to receive the Nobel Prize anytime soon. I would just as soon settle for seeing every member of the terrific cast win an Emmy every year this show runs, and sooner or later, I have no doubt that it will happen.

But besides bringing us a terrific show to look forward to on Sunday nights, (something that hasn't happened for me personally since the heyday of THE X-FILES), let us give thanks for something else that TV has been far too slow in acknowledging...the value of beautiful, brainy and talented actresses over 40.

For realizing that Teri Hatcher DESPERATELY needed a role that would prove she could do a helluva lot more than play yet another version of Lois Lane. That Felicity Huffman, one of our most under-appreciated talents, DESPERATELY needed the sustenance of a role like Lynette Scavo to sink her teeth into. That Marcia Cross DESPERATELY needed the kind of showcase for HER talents that the likes of Frances Conroy, CCH Pounder, Sharon Gless and other top notch actresses only get on cable, and that Bree Van De Kamp will prove once and for all what we always knew from MELROSE PLACE--this woman ROCKS!, and for giving Eva Longoria something that all actors as gorgeous as she have DESPERATELY needed forever...the chance to prove that being a treat for the eyes, does not automatically mean that your acting talent is about as deep as a kiddie wading pool.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...and thank you for making us all DESPERATE for more of the shady doings on the sunny side of the streets of Wisteria Lane.


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