Desperate Housewives

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Name: Desperate Housewives
Creator: Marc Cherry
Date(s): 2004–2012
Medium: Television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Desperate Housewives at Wikipedia
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Desperate Housewives is a comedy drama/mystery television series created by Marc Cherry that was produced and aired on ABC. It aired for eight seasons, from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012, for a total of 180 episodes.

Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the ficitional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their friend and neighbor who commited suicide in the first episode. The storyline covers fifteen years of the women's lives over only eight seasons, set between the years 2004-2008 and later 2013-2018 (the storyline includes a five-year timeskip.) The women work through domestic struggles, family life, secrets, crimes, and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their -- on the surface-- beautiful and seemingly perfect surburban neighborhood.

The series features an ensemble cast, including:

  • Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer
  • Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo
  • Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp
  • Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis

The supporting cast includes:

  • Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt
  • Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair
  • Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry

Brenda Strong narrates the series as the late Mary Alice Young, appearing mostly in flashbacks and dream sequences.

Desperate Housewives was well received by viewers and critics alike, receiving many accolades. It won multiple Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. From the 2004-2005 through the 2008-2009 television series, its first five seasons were rated amongst the top ten most-watched series. In 2007, it was reported as the third-most-watched television series in a study of ratings in twenty countries. In 2012, it remained the most-watched comedy series internationally based on data from Eurodata TV Worldwide, which measured ratings across five continents; it has held this position since 2006. Moreover, it was the third-highest revenue-earning series for 2010, with $2.74 million per half an hour. The show was ranked at number fifty-six on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.

In August 2011, it was confirmed that Desperate Housewives would be the eighth and final season; the series finale aired on May 13, 2012. By the end of the series, it had surpassed Charmed witht he most episodes in an hour-long television series featuring female leads.


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