Desperate Housewives

 (1,548)
7.52005X-Ray13+
The first season of Desperate Housewives introduced Susan Mayer, the divorcee and single mom; Lynette Scavo, who went from her career in advertising to being a stay-at-home mother; Bree Van De Kamp, who resembles Martha Stewart on steroids; and Gabrielle Solis, the ex-model with everything she's wanted; and serial divorcee Edie Britt, the real estate maven whose love life has everyone buzzing.
Starring
Teri HatcherFelicity HuffmanMarcia Cross
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
Playing the video isn't supported on this device/operating system version. Please update or watch on Kindle Fire, mobile devices, game consoles, or other compatible devices.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
Watchlist
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

  1. 1. Pilot
    Watch on supported devices
    October 2 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the pilot episode, we meet the cast of charcters on Wisteria Lane.
  2. 2. Ah, But Underneath
    Watch on supported devices
    October 10 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Susan and Edie continue to fight for Mike's affections.
  3. 3. Pretty Little Picture
    Watch on supported devices
    October 16 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Karl returns to Wisteria Lane to discuss terms with Susan.
  4. 4. Who's That Woman
    Watch on supported devices
    October 23 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Carlos becomes suspicious that Gabrielle is seeing another man.
  5. 5. Come In, Stranger
    Watch on supported devices
    October 30 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A break-in on Wisteria Lane leaves the neighbors feeling nervous.
  6. 6. Running to Stand Still
    Watch on supported devices
    November 7 2004
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The school puts on a politically correct version of a play.
  7. 7. Anything You Can Do
    Watch on supported devices
    November 21 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    An unexpected guest forces Mike and Susan to postpone their first date.
  8. 8. Guilty
    Watch on supported devices
    November 27 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Andrew accidentally runs over Carlos' mother Juanita Solis.
  9. 9. Suspicious Minds
    Watch on supported devices
    December 12 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Gabrielle organizes a glamorous fashion show.
  10. 10. Come Back to Me
    Watch on supported devices
    December 18 2004
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bree unleashes her woman scorned.
  11. 11. Move On
    Watch on supported devices
    January 8 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Wisteria Lane investigates the mysterious disappearance of Mrs. Huber.
  12. 12. Every Day a Little Death
    Watch on supported devices
    January 15 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mrs. Huber's body is discovered.
  13. 13. Your Fault
    Watch on supported devices
    January 23 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Susan is disturbed by Julie's new romance.
  14. 14. Love Is in the Air
    Watch on supported devices
    February 12 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mike gets shot by a neighbor.
  15. 15. Impossible
    Watch on supported devices
    February 19 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mike is arrested for questioning about Mrs. Huber's murder.
  16. 16. The Ladies Who Lunch
    Watch on supported devices
    March 26 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Maisy is arrested for solicitation out of her own house.
  17. 17. There Won't Be Trumpets
    Watch on supported devices
    April 2 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mama Solis awakens from her coma with knowledge of Gabrielle's affair.
  18. 18. Children Will Listen
    Watch on supported devices
    April 9 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Susan's mother pays a visit to Wisteria Lane.
  19. 19. Live Alone and Like It
    Watch on supported devices
    April 16 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Lynette befriends Mrs. McClusky with unintended results.
  20. 20. Fear No More
    Watch on supported devices
    May 1 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Gabrielle plans a party to bid farewell to Carlos before he goes to jail.
  21. 21. Sunday in the Park with George
    Watch on supported devices
    May 8 2005
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    George asks Bree out to dinner.
  22. 22. Goodbye For Now
    Watch on supported devices
    May 14 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Susan and Mike decide to move in together, and schemes against them.
  23. 23. One Wonderful Day
    Watch on supported devices
    May 21 2005
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Tragedy strikes the Van De Kamp family again.

More details

Season year
2005
Network
ABC
Content advisory
Substance usealcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Other formats

Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

1548 global ratings

  1. 87% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 2% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

bardphileReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than we thought.
Verified purchase
When we got bored on a Mediterranean cruise 5 years ago, season one was on shipboard TV. Neither of us had seen DH before. We both got hooked after one episode. Scripted comedy with 4 memorable, well-drawn females, battling their men and each other on Wisteria Lane, the suburb from hell and scene of more murder and mayhem than the Sopranos, and nearly as well done. Scratch that. AS well done. We ended up getting the complete deluxe collectors' edition. Guys, I'm telling ya. Get this for your honey for Valentines Day, make some popcorn, and snuggle up on the sofa. Good things will happen.
14 people found this helpful
Roger LongReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent satire/farce
Verified purchase
I started watching this with misgivings. I thought it was going to be another pointless melodrama, or not unlike dozens of comedy shows that I've seen part of and dismissed as nonsense. There is no laugh track so that dim bulbs will know what's supposed to be funny. It did take a few episodes, I will admit, but I was eventually hooked.

The main women have impossible problems in an idyllic appearing neighborhood of a city that is never named. Car license plates bear the name of a state that doesn't exist. The picket fences are perfectly white. The lawns are immaculately trimmed, without a dandelion, but it never rains or even gets cloudy. And into this seemingly perfect world comes a ton of trouble. First a suicide. Then a mysterious handsome stranger who sets at least two female hearts aflutter. A house gets torched around a measuring cup. There are wild brats from hell. A high school boy finds himself wooed and bedded by an unbelievably sexy woman. There's a murder and a remote burial in the night. And all of that is just for starters.

It sounds really bad when described that way, but it is all larded with satire and farcical scenes. Much of it revolves around skewed value systems of the characters. They value painfully green lawns. Fancy cars. Perfect dinner parties. And they are constantly flopping on their faces, despite all their efforts.

The characters are varied--a much too perfect housewife, a horny divorcee, a blond seductress, a harried mother, and that very sexy statutory rapist. The plot is convoluted, all tied somehow to the woman who commits suicide as the first episode opened. Try as they might, her female friends cannot figure out why.

I did laugh a bunch, and I did look forward to the next episode. But this is not for viewers who insist on stark reality and taking this show at face value. Farce is not, after all, reality, just part of reality.
11 people found this helpful
Javier LopezReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
Desperated men and women.
Verified purchase
I have to admit that this is one of the best shows that I've ever seen in my life. I really felt in love with the girls of "SEX AND THE CITY" and although lots of people compare "DH" with "SATC". I believe that they're very different. "SATC" was fun, crazy and with some touching moments but this one has mistery mixed with drama and comedy.

The story from this show, starts with the suicide of Mary Alice a woman who lives in a nice and quiet place called Wisteria Lane. This woman was married and had a teenage boy, from this point on starts the mistery of why she killed herself. Her four best friends; Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Bree (Marcia Cross) start to put things togetehr about her suicide but nothing matches. While they start getting information you have the change to know them very well...

Susan (Teri Hatcher) is divorced, has a teenage daughter and is the kind of woman that everything happends to her and is always between embarrassing moments. She lives kinda depressed until one day she meets a new neighbor who she happends to like very much. Then there's Lynette (Felicity Huffman), who has 3 little boys and a baby girl. She used to be a successful executive but after her marriage she became a housewive. Her kids drive her crazy and her husband is always travelling.

Bree (Marcia Cross) is an obsessed woman who likes to have everything perfect in her life and happeneds to be so cold with her husband sometimes that that got her to the edge of a divorce. Her two teenagers also have a bit acid reltionship with her. Finally there's Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) who seems to have the prefect life. She's married and her husband instead of giving her his full attention, he simply buys her whatever she wants. Diamonds, cars, etc. She feels empty and she has an affair with her gardener.

The husbands also happend to have desperated lifes also.

Many things happend during this first season. The production is very good, the cast is flawless and the episodes get better and better.

This package is loaded with lots of bonus features including deleted scenes, secrets of Wisteria Lane, Oprah Winfrey as a neighbor, behind the scenes and much more.

Touchstone is really breaking all the records with this successful series and "LOST" another series that I really recommend, it's different but very good also.
15 people found this helpful
BreeInAZReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
A guilty pleasure-loaded w/ humor, wit, wisdom, sex, emotion, sensitivity and insight into human behavior. Do NOT miss this one.
Verified purchase
I am a married man and first recorded Desperate Housewives (DH) on VHS to watch later on after our kids were asleep due to its airing in the middle of the prime time format (before their bedtimes) and this was definitely NOT appropriate material for their ages (all below teen) plus it aired here during ESPN NFL Sunday night football. Being married with kids, I thought I might enjoy this and somewhat identify, but unfortunately fell behind after only a few episodes and mixed up all the tapes since I stupidly didn't chronologically label/date each 2-episode tape which I tried in vain to do later. Well, to make a long story short, I decided to wait for the DVD set and rented it at Blockbuster, saving all the tapes for this season. Watching it on DVD, I found it to be far better than on broadcast tv, eliminating all the commercials and weekly cliffhangers. I rented out all the discs sequentially and watched all the bonus features on them, especially the extended episodes. DH has become one of my all-time tv faves... so much so that I have bought this DVD box set. I am now caught up to this season and am religiously watching the show each week, never to fall behind or miss another episode again. DH is comfort food... the characters are rich with hidden secrets, pasts, flaws, weakenesses and admirable qualities. Like the writing and production of the ABC show "Lost" (another of my faves), creator,/writer/director/producer Marc Cherry has totally fleshed out his characters and involved them in amazingly well-written plots full of twists, turns and jaw dropping surprises.

The four main housewives of Wisteria Lane in the ficticious city of Fairview are Lynette, Bree, Susan and Gabrielle. Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), aka Gabbie, is the self-centered, primadonna, former-supermodel Latina diva who is cheating on her rich, chauvinistic, alpha-male husband, Carlos Solis (Ricardo Chavira) with their gardner, John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe), a high school boy. Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher, an Emmy nominee) is the recently-divorced, cute, clutsy, emotional single mom of a teen-aged daughter, Julie (Amanda Bowen), who falls almost immediately for the new neighbor, a mysterious handsome plumber named Mike Delfino (James Denton) who is also a "scoring" target of her neighbor rival voluptuous, vixen, platinum blonde, realtor, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), whom with Susan is seemingly always in constant competition. The prim, propper, well-mannered, immaculatelely dressed and groomed Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross, an Emmy nominee) is an ultra-conservative, Baptist, NRA member, Republican socialite wife of a doctor, Rex Van De Kamp (Steven Culp) who on the outside is the homemaker/housewife extraordainaire with two teenagers, Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) and Danielle (Joy Lauren) who seemingly are perfect kids, but this IS Wisteria Lane after all. Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman, who won the Emmy) is a former ad-executive who gave up her career after marriage to her fellow ad-exec. husband Tom Scavo (Doug Savant), so that she could properly raise her four children... twin 8 year old boy hellions plus their one year younger brother and infant daughter. This over-burdened wife and mom is the epitome of a desperate housewife - Lynette is probably the most identifiable character on the show and therefore clearly earns the most audience empathy.

Each episode opens with a nicely narrated recap/intro, wonderful Emmy-nominated title sequence and Emmy-winning theme by Danny Elfman and is wrapped up in poignant, narrative moralistic fashion. The series' plot opens immediately with the apparent suicide of the four main housewives' neighboring wife group-hub and friend, Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) and is narrated (as well as acted) wonderfully throughout the entire series by her. There are several clouds of mystery surrounding her suicide, including a mysterious blackmail-type of note. This is pretty much the glue that holds all the subplots together, spawning several other subplots and introducing new characters as the series develops. Whatever you do, do not watch this season or any of its coming attractions (change channels on commercial promos) until you have seen last season - you will miss way too much character and plot development. DH clearly should have won the Emmy, but due to a major male voting portion of the academy's unfamiliarirty and the "Raymond" hype of closing the book on 9 successful seasons, it lost out to "Everybody Loves Raymond," the sentimental choice. It was far better production-wise (with some amazing camerawork), scripting, editing, directing, costuming, casting as well as acting. I expect DH to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Series this season if it is nearly as good as it was in its debut year- so far, so good. Last season, it won for six of the astonishing fifteen Emmy nominations it received. In summary, DH is a guilty pleasure that really leaves you feeling not too guilty about enjoying it on a regular basis.

10/10 stars - practically perfect, flawless television entertainment
8 people found this helpful
Prauge TravelerReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Desperate for More
Verified purchase
"Desperate Housewives" is a great show- it draws you as a watcher into the events, and you'll probably end up having strong opinions about the various ladies and their men. By the time I finished the first season there were some that I hated, and others that I liked a great deal. The narration of the show is done by a deceased woman named Alice Young, which is by itself a unique concept, and revolves loosely around how and why she killed herself. Throughout the season the sordid undercurrents of Wisteria Lane (aka Suburbia USA) are explored in an entertaining and usually humorous fashion. All of the Actors/Actresses do a fine job.

I was hesitant to event give the show a chance, being a man; but my brother gave it a good recommendation, and I figured my wife and I could watch it and have some fun. We did & we can't wait for season 2.
5 people found this helpful
TNTSafariReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly Good...
Verified purchase
I didn't start watching this show until recently. I hadn't thought it'd be a show that would hold my interest; I had, mistakingly, thought it'd be another "Melrose Place" or something like that. Anyway, I caught a little of a rerun on the Lifetime network and was instantly hooked. So, I quickly rented the 1st two seasons on DVD so that I could be all caught up to join the season now in progress. It manages to be funny, even though the subject matter is often dark. And even the selfish/bad characters manage to be somewhat endearing. My favorite character has to be Lynette, trying to deal with all those kids (all those boys, especially). And instead of being annoyed that a mystery takes a whole season to unfold, you're just intrigued by all the new developments.
5 people found this helpful
EyesWideShutReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great and exciting show
Verified purchase
Little by little one discover with pleasure and (often) fun the interesting and various personalities of the characters through the season, which story is definitely a thriller at times.

Acting is gripping and it is hard not to identify with one of the characters during the season where most of the situations could occur in real life.

Susan and her tender sensitiveness, Bree and her apparent coldness, smart Lynette and the sexy Gabrielle offer different lives perspectives, which all in all make a great show.

Tip : almost each disk has an "Extended episode" (in Bonuses) ; you may want to watch directly the extended version instead of the truncated one... but beware the extended episode is first introduced by a guy who seem delighted to reveal spoilers! You may want to skip the (1-2 mn) introduction...
3 people found this helpful
JSReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgia
Verified purchase
My children and I started watching Desperate Housewives together. They had not experienced a 'night-time soap opera' show before and they just love it!
See all reviews