Desperate Housewives Season 1
Desperate Housewives was a show the world was watching in the early 2000’s. Created by Marc Cherry who wrote and produced “Golden Girls”, this would be bigger than he could’ve ever imagined.
The idea for the show came to Cherry while he and his mother were watching the news report on Andrea Yates, the Houston mother who confessed to drowning her five children in the bathtub back in 2001.
Cherry would pitch every network including HBO, Showtime, CBS, Fox, even Lifetime, none of them were interested until new ABC executives Lloyd Braun and Susan Lyne greenlit the show for the network.
Desperate Housewives ran for eight seasons on ABC starting on Oct. 3, 2004 through May 13, 2012 with 180 episodes.
Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their friend and neighbor who took her life by suicide in the pilot episode.
The storyline covers thirteen years of the women’s lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2017 (the storyline includes a five-year-jump in time, as well as flashbacks and flashforwards ranging from the 1980s to the 2020s).
The cast worked through their domestic struggles and family life while facing the secrets, crimes, and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their—on the surface—beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.
The series features 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 narrates the series as the late Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences.
The show won multiple Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. From the 2004–05 through the 2008–09 television seasons, its first five seasons were rated amongst the top ten most-watched series.
In 2007, it was reported to be the most popular show in its demographic worldwide, with an audience of approximately 120 million people and was also 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 had held that position since 2006.
The show was the third-highest revenue earning series for 2010, with $2.74 million per half an hour.
In 2011, it was confirmed that Desperate Housewives would conclude after its eighth season; the series finale aired on May 13, 2012.
By the end of the series, it had surpassed Charmed as the longest-running hour-long television series featuring all female leads by two episodes.
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