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'Desperate Housewives' Review, Show Information and Synopsis

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'Desperate Housewives' Review, Show Information and Synopsis
© 2008 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc./Danny Feld

Desperate Housewives at a Glance:

After the death of a close friend, four strong-minded women take on life and all its offerings -- in sometimes very funny and darkly humorous ways.

Premiered:

October 3, 2004

When is it on?:

Sunday nights at 9pm ET on ABC (Check local listings). The series is also in syndication on Lifetime Television.

Starring:

Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo
Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge
Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt
Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis
Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer
Brenda Strong as the Voice of Mary Alice Young
James Denton as Mike Delfinp
Doug Savant as Tom Scavo

Trivia Fact #1:

The homes on Wisteria Lane are quite famous. They have housed characters from: Animal House, Hardy Boys and Leave it to Beaver.

Trivia Fact #2:

Series creator Marc Cherry modeled the character of Bree after his own mother.

Trivia Fact #3:

Brenda Strong and Steven Culp were not in the original pilot, Sheryl Lee played Mary Alice Young and Michael Reilly Burke played Rex Van De Camp.

Trivia Fact #4:

Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Richard Burgi, Brenda Strong and Roger Bart all had guest starring roles on Seinfeld.

Synopsis:

The series began with Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) leaving her perfect house in the loveliest of suburbs by ending it all. Now she takes us into the secret lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her unique P.O.V.

Her circle of girlfriends on Wisteria Lane include Susan Mayer ( Teri Hatcher), the divorcee who is now married to Mike and has a young son and teenage daughter; Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), the cancer survivor who helps manage husband Tom's Pizzeria; Bree Van De Kamp ( Marcia Cross), Martha Stewart on steroids, widowed and remarried to Orson Hodge; and Gabrielle Solis ( Eva Longoria), the ex-model with everything she's ever wanted -- except loads of money; and serial divorcee Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), the neighbor from hell who has a penchant for going after all the other women's men -- the wedding ring doesn't matter a bit to Edie.

The Men: Mike Delfino (Jamie Denton), the plumber who has won Susan's heart; Lynette's adorable husband, Tom (Doug Savant), with an illegitimate child and owner of Scavo's Pizzeria; Gabrielle's better half, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), recently blinded by a tornado that swept through this quiet neighborhood, who has divorced and remarried Gabby.

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.
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