Desperate Housewives

2004 TV-14 7 seasons

Desperate Housewives

2004 TV-14 7 seasons
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Winner of multiple Golden Globes, this popular prime-time soap follows the exploits of suburbanites Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan), whose daily lives run the gamut from parenting and marriage woes to steamy sex and deadly betrayal. Even as the ladies of Wisteria Lane harbor dark secrets, they lend one another support when the going gets tough.
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Ricardo Chavira, Brenda Strong, James Denton, Doug Savant, Dana Delany
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  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6
  • SEASON  7
  • SEASON  8

Summary of Season 1 (2004) - 6 discs

Why would perfect wife and mother Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) suddenly decide to commit suicide? That's the mystery at the heart of ABC's darkly funny Stepford-esque soap opera set in the wilds of Wisteria Lane. While Mary Alice's friends Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman, in an Emmy-winning role), Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Bree (Marcia Cross) dig deeper, their own lives and loves become increasingly tangled.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this tongue-in-cheek soap opera's focus on adult characters and situations makes it inappropriate for young kids and teens. Characters (adults and teens alike) have had affairs, covered up crimes, been addicted to drugs and alcohol, lied, and manipulated other characters in just about every imaginable way. There are plenty of sexy scenes (though no actual nudity) and banter, as well as over-the-top storylines involving violence and betrayal. Although older teens and adults will understand that many of the storylines are presented in a humorous way, younger children may not be able to differentiate between parody and drama -- yet another reason to make this one adults-only.

Sexual Content

Lots of skimpy outfits and making out/foreplay; several scenes in which lovemaking is implied (but no sensitive body parts shown). One of the housewives was involved in an affair with a teenager; others have also strayed or been tempted to. One main character cleaned house wearing lingerie while being broadcast on the Web. Some teen sex (and consequent pregnancy).


The show's narrator is a woman who killed herself in the series' very first episode. Other storylines have included murder, assault, fatal accidents, crashes, fights, gun threats/shots, arson, and more, but there's rarely blood.


Mostly words like "damn" and "hell", with the occasional "ass" or "bitch."

Social Behavior

The show plays up many of the typical soap opera characteristics -- betrayal, dark secrets, revenge, manipulation -- but it does so with humor, bringing a light touch to what otherwise would be pure melodrama. Consequently, while no one viewing this show is going to take away positive lessons in behavior or relationship management, they also won't be weighed down with heavy drama. And, in the end, the show does center on strong friendships and family ties.


Regular but not obvious product placements from Buick, KFC, Halston, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The ladies frequently get together for wine and/or margaritas; most of them have gotten tipsy (or more) a few times over the course of the show's run, and Bree has struggled with being an alcoholic. Also some teen drinking and drug use. One character was addicted to her kids' medication for awhile.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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