Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012. Executive producer Cherry served as showrunner. Other executive producers since the fourth season included Bob Daily, George W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, David Grossman, and Larry Shaw.The main setting of the show was Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional American town of 'Fairview' in the fictional 'Eagle State'. The show followed the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of a dead neighbor who committed suicide in the very first episode. The storyline covers thirteen years of the women's lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2017. They worked through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.The show featured an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. Brenda Strong narrated the show as the deceased Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences.
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Season 1Hulu | Yahoo View | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Oct 4, 2004
Pilot Oct 4, 2004 Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young. It's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated POV. Her husband's acting suspicious, the neighbors are talking, and her girlfriends are wondering why one of their own would do something so rash… and so messy.
S01 E02Oct 11, 2004
Ah, But Underneath Oct 11, 2004 Mike's dog pays the price when Edie crashes his dinner date with Susan. Meanwhile, Gabrielle realizes that her lawnboy is taking their fling to heart - and that Carlos may actually be catching on. Also, Bree goads Rex into therapy, where the doctor may be the one who needs the most help. Lynette resorts to drastic measures to keep her kids in line, but it blows up in her face.
S01 E03Oct 18, 2004
Pretty Little Picture Oct 18, 2004 The women decide to go ahead with the big dinner party that the late Mary Alice Young had planned to host, despite the more-than-minor disturbances in their own lives. Adulterous Gabrielle finds herself with a nine-year-old blackmailer who catches Gabrielle in the act in her affair with gardener John. Also, Bree struggles to keep her crumbling marriage a secret. Lastly, Susan bares all--in more ways than one--as she confronts her ex.
S01 E04Oct 25, 2004
Who's That Woman? Oct 25, 2004 Cash-strapped Mrs. Huber figures out that Susan had something to do with Edie's house fire and tries to blackmail her. Meanwhile, Carlos becomes suspicious that Gabrielle is seeing another man, but targets the wrong suspect---the cable guy instead of gardener John. Also, Lynette balks when the twins' teacher insists the boys have ADD but tries to salvage the matter by seprating the boys. Lastly, Bree struggles with her rebellious son Andrew after Rex moves out.
S01 E05Nov 1, 2004
Come In, Stranger Nov 1, 2004 A break-in on Wisteria Lane leaves the neighbors feeling vulnerable, especially Susan, who reluctantly accepts a date with a persistent policeman after Mike appears indifferent to her. Rex takes the kids away for the weekend as a lonely Bree finds herself bonding with Zach. Meanwhile, Lynette and Tom pull out all the stops to get their uncontrollable twins Porter and Preston accepted at a prestigious private school, and the unexpected arrival of Carlos' mother puts a crimp in Gabrielle's covert love life.
S01 E06Nov 8, 2004
Running to Stand Still Nov 8, 2004 Lynette locks horns with officious mom Maisy Gibbons at the twins' school who is trying to produce a "politically correct" play about "Little Red Riding Hood." Meanwhile, Susan continues to investigate the mystery of Zach's sudden disappearance. She soon finds out his father Paul put him in Seacrest, a mental institution. She and Julie then go to investigate.Mama Solis comes closer to discovering Gabrielle's dirty little secret of her affair, and Bree comes undone when Rex suggests they hire a sex surrogate.
S01 E07Nov 22, 2004
Anything You Can Do Nov 22, 2004 Susan and Edie decide to follow Mike and his houseguest Kendra on their night out together. Lynette becomes steadily more dependent on the twins' ADD medication. In the meantime Gabrielle becomes jealous of the "other" woman in John's life. And Bree's kids mutiny when they learn their dad has moved out. Tom is not happy when Lynette tries to take over his concept of new "Spotless Scrubs" to his clients.
Season 2Hulu | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Sep 26, 2005
Next Sep 26, 2005 The new neighbors, the Applewhites have moved in. Gabrielle, Lynette, and Susan attempt to comfort Bree while Rex's mother arrives on Wisteria Lane for his funeral. Meanwhile Mike and Susan deal with Zach while Gabrielle struggles with the two men in her life.
S02 E02Oct 3, 2005
You Could Drive a Person Crazy Oct 3, 2005 Susan is surprised when she finds out who Edie's new boyfriend is. Meanwhile, Lynette has gone back to work, leaving Tom at home in charge of the house. Carlos makes an unusual request to Gabrielle after his life is threatened behind bars. Lastly, pharmacist George reemerges in Bree's life, which sets off an alarm to mother-in-law Phyllis and her suspicions surrounding her son's death.
S02 E03Oct 10, 2005
You'll Never Get Away from Me Oct 10, 2005 Susan tries bravely to accept Edie’s new role in Julie’s life, while Lynette’s demanding boss makes her miss Parker’s first day of kindergarten. Bree later on takes a polygraph test to prove her innocence in Rex's death and realizes she has feelings for George.Gabrielle finally comes to the truth about Carlos and John after seeing John with another woman.
S02 E04Oct 17, 2005
My Heart Belongs to Daddy Oct 17, 2005 On one of Gabrielle's prison visits to see Carlos she creates a terrible riot, which lands Carlos in hot water. Also, Susan puts her feelings aside and joins Mike in searching for his son Zach. Lynette is surprised to find out that her son Parker has an imaginary friend. Lastly, George and Andrew both vie for Bree's attention as they both compete in making each other look bad in front of her, until one fight goes a little too far.
S02 E05Oct 24, 2005
They Asked Me Why I Believe in You Oct 24, 2005 Susan's longtime book agent and dear friend, Lonny Moon gets into financial trouble. Lynette is forced to go out to bars night after night with her man-hungry boss, Nina. Bree finds out about Rex's feelings about her prior to his death. Lastly, Gabrielle hires hotshot lawyer David Bradley to defend Carlos in court but Carlos rejects him after he witnesses an attraction between David and Gabrielle.
S02 E06Nov 7, 2005
I Wish I Could Forget You Nov 7, 2005 Mike and Susan face a crisis in their relationship when Susan tries to get Paul Young arrested by confessing to a police officer that he killed Mrs. Huber and Mike has her diaries as proof. The officer goes over to Mike to get the story, but Mike denies the whole thing. As Carlos continues serving his jail sentence, Gabrielle valiantly tries to free him. Bree goes to a romantic hotel with George, but requests they sleep in separate rooms.
S02 E07Nov 14, 2005
Color and Light Nov 14, 2005 Gabrielle tries to revisit her past when old friends come to town, but doesn't want anyone to know that she's three months pregnant. With the aftermath of her breakup with Mike, Susan finds temporary solace from her ex-husband Karl as his relationship with Edie hits a bump. Also, the Scavos learn more about the new neighbors, the Harpers when they babysit their children and uncover a sex tape of the couple. Lastly, Caleb gets loose from the basement and roams around Wisteria Lane at night, which leads to major consequences for Gabrielle.
Season 3Hulu | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Sep 25, 2006
Listen to the Rain on the Roof Sep 25, 2006 It is raining on Wisteria Lane, six months after Mike was run over. He is now in a coma, with Susan by his side. Bree gets engaged to Orson. Gabrielle and Carlos are getting divorced, but they are briefly reunited when their 8½ months pregnant surrogate Xiao-Mei runs away. While adjusting to having another child around the house, Lynette realizes that the girl's mother, Nora, is more than she can handle.
S03 E02Oct 2, 2006
It Takes Two Oct 2, 2006 It's wedding day for Bree and Orson but things don't go quite as planned. Meanwhile, the body of a dead woman believed to be Orson's ex-wife is recovered, which interrupts the reception. Susan goes on a date with Ian, but trouble ensues when his in-laws show up at the restaurant. When Nora breaks up with her boyfriend, Lynette decide to hook up Nora with someone. Edie lets her 18-year-old nephew Austin come live with her for some time. Lastly, Xiao-Mei goes into labor.
S03 E03Oct 9, 2006
A Weekend in the Country Oct 9, 2006 It is a holiday weekend on Wisteria Lane. Bree and Orson are going on their honeymoon, while Gabrielle and Lynette are going a spa vacation and Tom is going on a camping trip with the kids. Meanwhile Susan is going on a quiet romantic getaway with Ian, not sure if she's cheating on Mike. However, things don't go as planned.
S03 E04Oct 16, 2006
Like It Was Oct 16, 2006 Mike has woken up from his coma, and has no recollection of the past two years, and Edie is there to fill in the blanks. Susan is still in the country with Ian, when she receives the news. Bree finds her family is anything but perfect. Lynette is determined not to let Parker quit baseball because he made a commitment, even though he's terrible at it. Carlos moves back into the Solis house, much to Gabrielle's displeasure.
S03 E05Oct 23, 2006
Nice She Ain't Oct 23, 2006 The divorce between Gabrielle and Carlos reaches new levels of bitterness. Susan is determined to jog Mike's memory, and realizes Edie has been posing as his girlfriend since he woke up. Tom decides that his dream is to open a pizza parlor, and Lynette is not delighted. Bree tries to break up Danielle and her history teacher, who's been having an affair with her. Meanwhile, Mike's phone number is discovered on a dead woman's body.
S03 E06Oct 30, 2006
Sweetheart, I Have to Confess Oct 30, 2006 Susan professes her love for Ian. Gabrielle and Carlos try to rekindle their love. Bree is confronted with Orson's past. In the meantime, Nora and Lynette go to war.
S03 E07Nov 6, 2006
Bang Nov 6, 2006 Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are forever changed when Carolyn Bigsby holds shoppers hostage at a local supermarket. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Carlos finish dividing their assets: Gabrielle gets the house, and Carlos gets everything in it. Susan is preparing to go to Paris with Ian.
Season 4Hulu | Rent or Buy
S04 E01Oct 1, 2007
Now You Know Oct 1, 2007 "Now You Know" is the fourth season premiere episode of the American comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, and the 71st episode overall. The episode premiered on ABC on September 30, 2007. It was written by series creator Marc Cherry and directed by Larry Shaw.In the episode, Susan learns that she is expecting a child while Bree continues to fake her own pregnancy. Gabrielle begins an affair with her ex-husband, Carlos and Lynette tries to conceal her cancer from her friends and children. The episode also introduces Katherine Mayfair, Susan's old friend who returns to the neighborhood after being away for 12 years."Now You Know" drew over 19 million viewers, becoming the fourth most watched program of the week across all networks. Nevertheless, it was the least watched Desperate Housewives season premiere at the time. The episode received positive reviews from critics, who agreed that the episode showed significant improvement over the show's third season. Critics also praised the addition of Delany to the cast. ABC and the show's producers received viewer backlash due to an alleged slur against Filipino doctors included in the episode.
S04 E02Oct 8, 2007
Smiles of a Summer Night Oct 8, 2007 Lynette kicks Tom out of her chemotherapy sessions. Susan is mistaken for a stripper. Bree attempts to steal a prize-winning recipe from Katherine.
S04 E03Oct 15, 2007
The Game Oct 15, 2007 Bree informs the housewives of what she overheard in the Mayfair house. Stella makes some special brownies to help Lynette through chemotherapy. Susan throws a charades party for the whole neighborhood.
S04 E04Oct 22, 2007
If There's Anything I Can't Stand Oct 22, 2007 Edie is shocked when she receives some news at the gynecologist's office. At the baby shower Bree's friends throw her, Bree's ex-mother-in-law Phyllis discovers her pregnancy is a hoax. Finally, Wisteria Lane welcomes to the street a homosexual couple.
S04 E05Oct 29, 2007
Art Isn't Easy Oct 29, 2007 Bob & Lee's contemporary water sculpture in their front yard prompts the Wisteria Lane neighborhood association into action. Edie finds out about the affair that Carlos is having with Gaby. Also, John Rowland wants to rekindle his romance with Gaby.
S04 E06Nov 5, 2007
Now I Know, Don’t Be Scared Nov 5, 2007 This is the show's first Halloween episode. Edie Britt's biggest fear comes true when Carlos walks out on their relationship. Susan finds Mike's father, who was supposedly dead. Danielle goes into labor right in the middle of the Halloween party... and somebody has to deliver the baby.
S04 E07Nov 12, 2007
You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover Nov 12, 2007 Lynette's sisters Lydia and Lucy come to visit. While having dinner with Susan and Mike, Bree and Orson realize they share different views on whether their newborn baby should be circumcised. On a boat, Victor confronts Gaby about her affair with Carlos and she throws him into the ocean. Later, Bree informs Susan that she thinks Mike is addicted to drugs.
Season 5Hulu | Rent or Buy
S05 E01Sep 29, 2008
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow Sep 29, 2008 Five years have passed since Katherine shot her ex-husband as Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby stood together in solidarity to protect her. Susan tries to hide her relationship with a new man; Gaby questions her abilities as a mom; Bree is on the verge of publishing her own cookbook as business partner, Katherine, grows envious; Lynette catches her teenaged twins spearheading illegal activities; and Edie returns to Wisteria Lane in jaw-dropping fashion with a new man in tow.
S05 E02Oct 6, 2008
We're So Happy You're So Happy Oct 6, 2008 Unaware of Jackson's whereabouts, Susan goes to a local bar suspecting that he might be with Mike however, she soon lands herself in-trouble; meanwhile, after spending money that did not belong to her, Gabrielle attempts to get Carlos to get a job at the local country club as it pays better. Bree promotes her cook book on a radio show.
S05 E03Oct 13, 2008
Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else Oct 13, 2008 Bree's estranged daughter, Danielle, returns to Wisteria Lane and is met with a deluge of criticism. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Susan find themselves embroiled in a catfight brought on by an altercation between their kids. To her chagrin, Lynette comes home to find Tom and Dave have formed a garage band after she told him to get rid of his old things. Finally, Katherine and Mrs. McCluskey invite Edie to lunch to press her for more information on Dave.
S05 E04Oct 20, 2008
Back in Business Oct 20, 2008 Bree's new found success causes the rest of the women on Wisteria Lane to feel envious. Lynette longs to return to her days as an ad-executive, and finds an outlet as Bree's marketing manager. Mike feels that he is not a big enough presence in his son's life after M.J. draws a family portrait and leaves him out. Meanwhile, Gaby comes up with a way to have more sex with Carlos.
S05 E05Oct 27, 2008
Mirror, Mirror Oct 27, 2008 Driven by a hidden agenda, Dave convinces Susan to throw Mrs. McCluskey a surprise party for her 70th birthday. Jackson wants to take his relationship with Susan to the next level. Gabrielle's concerned she might be pregnant. Tom tells Lynette he's sold the pizzeria. A startling reason for the bond between Bree and Katherine is revealed. And finally, an outraged Mrs. McCluskey has the entire neighborhood questioning her sanity.
S05 E06Nov 3, 2008
There's Always a Woman Nov 3, 2008 Gaby is over the moon when Carlos' client makes them an offer they can't refuse, but a startling discovery leaves her second guessing. Lynette grows suspicious that Tom is cheating on her. After breaking up with Jackson, Susan tries to surprise him, only to find the surprise is on her. Meanwhile, the bond between Bree and Katherine grows. Finally, Mrs. McCluskey enlists the help of her sister Roberta (guest star Lily Tomlin) to dig up dirt on Dave.
S05 E07Nov 10, 2008
What More Do I Need? Nov 10, 2008 Lynette and Tom uncover the unsettling truth about son Porter. Gabrielle suspects Carlos' best client, Virginia, has ulterior motives. Bree's moment of weakness could bring her great embarrassment and shame. Katherine's not-so-little secret is unveiled. Susan learns of Jackson's true passion. Finally, Mrs. McCluskey's sister Roberta unearths a disturbing fact about Dave.
Season 6Hulu | Rent or Buy
S06 E01Sep 28, 2009
Nice Is Different Than Good Sep 28, 2009 Mike gets married and his bride is finally revealed will it be Katherine or Susan? Meanwhile, Lynette deals with the realities of being pregnant again; Bree works to break free from Orson; Gaby is tested by Carlos' niece who continues to stay with them; and a new family with dark secrets moves to Wisteria.
S06 E02Oct 5, 2009
Being Alive Oct 5, 2009 Mrs. McCluskey falls for a steak salesman called Roy Handler. Julie is found unconscious in the park bushes, which questions Mrs. McCluskey's decision to tell the police that she saw Angie Bolen's 19-year-old son, Danny, fighting with Julie.
S06 E03Oct 12, 2009
Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover Oct 12, 2009 A chance encounter reunites Gaby with her sexy ex-lover and gardener, John Rowland; Bree contemplates a weekend getaway with Karl; Lynette and Tom break the news to their kids that she's pregnant again; and Susan is convinced Angie's son is responsible for her daughter's attack.
S06 E04Oct 19, 2009
The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues Oct 19, 2009 Losing Mike takes its toll on Katherine. As Katherine unravels, Bree comes to her aid; Gaby grows weary of John’s intentions towards Ana with twins on the way, Lynette calls upon her family to step up around the house Susan learns Julie has been harboring some secrets and Angie throws a party for son, Danny.
S06 E05Oct 26, 2009
Everybody Ought to Have a Maid Oct 26, 2009 When Juanita’s party is on the verge of being ruined after Gaby is deemed a bad mom, Gaby is determined to prove she’s a responsible parent. Bree gets defensive when she’s judged by a motel maid for having an affair with Karl. Lynette is put off by her new handyman when he defers to Tom for approval on all things and Susan and Katherine come to blows over Mike.Meanwhile, a lapse in judgment on Danny’s part leads to a terrible mishap that Angie and Nick must cover up.
S06 E06Nov 2, 2009
Don't Walk on the Grass Nov 2, 2009 Bree begins to fall for Karl and drifts further from Orson. Katherine continues her sad attempts at seducing Mike, as her conflict with Susan grows. Gaby gets Juanita expelled from school. Lynette learns Tom is cheating on his mid-term, and Angie hides the truth about her mother.
Season 7Hulu | Rent or Buy
S07 E01Sep 27, 2010
Remember Paul? Sep 27, 2010 Paul Young, now out of prison, returns to Wisteria Lane with an enigmatic new wife; Susan, Mike and M.J. live in an apartment on limited funds; Lynette's successful college friends pays the Scavos an unexpected visit.
S07 E02Oct 4, 2010
You Must Meet My Wife Oct 4, 2010 Lynette is angry when Renee starts spending a lot of time with Tom; Bree finds herself falling for Keith (Brian Austin Green); Susan feels guilty about her side job.
S07 E03Oct 11, 2010
Truly Content Oct 11, 2010 Susan is less than pleased when she finds out that some of her best and sexiest internet show moves are being copied by a competitor (guest star Rebecca Creskoff), and Gabrielle hires a private detective to look into an important matter, unbeknownst to Carlos. Meanwhile, Lynette is stunned when Tom's doctor prescribes him a rather unorthodox remedy for his depression, and Renee invites a reluctant Bree to go clubbing with her in order to engage in some local man-hunting.
S07 E04Oct 18, 2010
The Thing That Counts Is What's Inside Oct 18, 2010 Susan is horrified when she discovers that she has become the face of the provocative internet company she's been secretly working for and is now the cover model for their outdoor billboard ads; Gabrielle tells her coveted secret to the ladies; Renee finds out that Bree is a grandmother and uses it to her advantage in an attempt to steal Keith away and have him for herself; Lynette takes advantage of daughter Penny's generous offer to help look after the baby; and Paul purchases the home he shared with Mary Alice, against wife Beth's wishes.
S07 E05Oct 25, 2010
Let Me Entertain You Oct 25, 2010 Susan's days as a sexy internet sensation may be coming to an end after she angers an important client and incurs the wrath of her boss, Maxine; Renee and Gabrielle are headed for a smackdown after each of them reveals an intimate secret about the other to the wrong people; Bree finds herself exhausted by younger lover Keith's sexual stamina; Lynette is angry with Tom after he asks his mother to become the baby's nanny without talking it over with her first; and housewife Emma Graham puts on a cabaret show -- with the aid of saxophonist Dave Koz -- with surprising results.
S07 E06Nov 1, 2010
Excited and Scared Nov 1, 2010 Susan is forced to reveal her secret to Mike; Juanita becomes suspicious of Gaby's interest in Grace; Lynette is worried about Tom's mother's memory lapses; Bree learns a secret about Keith; and Paul takes Beth out on a date.
S07 E07Nov 8, 2010
A Humiliating Business Nov 8, 2010 A reluctant Susan accepts Lynette's offer to be baby Paige's nanny; Bree meets Keith's parents; Renee makes a proposal that Lynette can't refuse; Gaby fears that Bob might be trying to seduce Carlos after they become friends; and Beth begins to question Paul's motives for returning to Wisteria Lane.
Season 8Hulu | Rent or Buy
S08 E01Sep 26, 2011
Secrets That I Never Want to Know Sep 26, 2011 While Bree gives Chuck a ride, a smell becomes noticeable; Gabrielle seeks out a priest in order to help Carlos with his problem; Ben Faulkner, a new neighbor, meets Renee; Susan withdraws from her friends because of what happened to Alejandro.
S08 E02Oct 3, 2011
Making the Connection Oct 3, 2011 Gabrielle teaches Carlos how to dance on a strip pole; Susan seeks out a punishment for feeling guilty; Renee bonds with one of the customers at a senior center; Tom and Lynette wonder why Parker was at a late night party; Bree discovers Chuck's past.
S08 E03Oct 10, 2011
Watch While I Revise the World Oct 10, 2011 Lee has a problem with Jenny; Susan and Carlos attempt to find the people responsible for tagging the wall with graffiti; Lynette grows suspicious of Lydia and her fiancé.
S08 E04Oct 17, 2011
School of Hard Knocks Oct 17, 2011 While at a yoga class, Lynette and Renee spy on Jane, Tom's new girlfriend; Gabrielle tries to affect change at a PTA meeting; Bree discovers what Danielle is up to; Susan battles with art class teacher Andre Zeller.
S08 E05Oct 24, 2011
The Art of Making Art Oct 24, 2011 Tom and Lynette visit a couples counselor about their separation; Bree tries to help a city council about the homeless; Carlos is in a guilty situation; Susan is embarrassed about Andre's students being naked in class.
S08 E06Oct 31, 2011
Witch's Lament Oct 31, 2011 Susan grows suspicious about Amy's affair with Andre; a delivery man tries to deliver a package for Lynette; a man speaks to a sponsor from A.A. about a blackout; the housewives are in the woods with the shovels, but they're being watched.
S08 E07Nov 7, 2011
Always in Control Nov 7, 2011 Bree is stunned when she learns who dug up the body of Gaby's stepfather; jealousy rears its ugly head when Lynette begins to spread untruths to daughter Penny about Tom's new girlfriend; Gaby and Carlos must convince Lee and Bob that Juanita and Celia aren't the bad seeds that they used to be when they want to name them in their will as guardians; and Susan desperately searches her inner self to find what inspires her in order to better her art and impress her hard-to-please art teacher, Andre.