Desperate Housewives

Season 1 Episode 1



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One day, in the loveliest of suburbs, housewife and mother Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong) decides to take her own life. Now, from her elevated state of P.O.V., Mary Alice introduces us to the lives of her friends, neighbors and family members living in the idyllic Wisteria Lane, a street where the lawns are green, the houses are pretty, the people are nice and the secrets are deadly. Her circle of girlfriends, who are taken by surprise by her mysterious suicide, includes: Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), a known klutz and hopeless romantic who's gone through a bitter divorce, and is now playing the part of single mom to her precocious daughter Julie (Andrea Bowen) and also happens to be looking for love, finding it in the heart of the hunky new plumber neighbor, Mike Delfino (James Denton) - but in order to win him over, she'll have to rival the street's notorious slut, Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan); Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), formerly a successful businesswoman in the marketing world, now a stay-at-home mom taking care of four rebellious kids, while her husband, Tom (Doug Savant), is out working all the time; Bree Van de Kamp, often deemed "Martha Stewart-on-steroids", a perfectionist home fairy whose immaculate lifestyle drives her children Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom) and Danielle (Joy Lauren) to treat her with disdain, and her husband Rex (Steven Culp) to want a divorce; and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria), a former top model turned trophy wife who becomes tired of life in the suburbs after marrying a businessman, Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), and thus engages in an affair with her 17-year-old gardener John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe). Then there's Mary Alice's family: her peculiar son Zach (Cody Kasch), who tries to figure out why his mom would abandon him the way she did, and her husband Paul (Mark Moses), who tries to keep the truth under wraps. In death, Mary Alice knows more than she ever could in life, and she is willing to share with us, week after week, the juicy details of the lives of people she holds dear, and the secrets they try to hide behind closed doors. And we welcome them all with watery mouths.moreless
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ensemble cast, family gossip, dysfuntional families, dry humor, suburban life