Desperate Housewives: Season 5 (2008 - 2009)



Critic Consensus: Desperate Housewives' fifth season fast-forwards five years, ringing in a new chapter of life (and drama) on Wisteria Lane that is bound to captivate most, but perhaps not all.


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Air date: Sep 28, 2008
Air date: Oct 5, 2008
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Series 5 of "Desperate Housewives" begins five years in the future and explores changes in the lives of the women of Wisteria Lane. Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is married to Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) and a mom to two young girls; Brie (Marcia Cross) runs a successful catering business with Katherine (Dana Delaney); Lynette (Felicity Huffman) deals with problems concerning her now-teenage twin sons; Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) returns after an absence with a new husband, Dave Williams (Neal McDonough); and Susan (Teri Hatcher) and Mike (James Denton) are now divorced.


Felicity Huffman
as Lynette Scavo
Teri Hatcher
as Susan Mayer
Marcia Cross
as Bree Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria
as Gabrielle Solis
Nicollette Sheridan
as Edie Britt
James Denton
as Mike Delfino
Doug Savant
as Tom Scavo
Andrea Bowen
as Julie Mayer
Shawn Pyfrom
as Andrew Van De Kamp
Kyle MacLachlan
as Orson Hodge
Dana Delany
as Katherine Mayfair
Max Carver
as Preston Scavo
Charlie Carver
as Porter Scavo
Joshua Moore
as Parker Scavo
Brenda Strong
as Mary Alice Young
Kathryn Joosten
as Karen McCluskey
Gale Harold
as Jackson Braddock
Jonathan Cake
as Det. Chuck Vance
Joy Lauren
as Danielle Van De Kamp
Mason Cotton
as MJ Delfino
Richard Burgi
as Karl Mayer
Charles Mesure
as Ben Faulkner
Kevin Rahm
as Lee McDermott
Lily Tomlin
as Roberta Simmons
Todd Grinnell
as Dr. Alex Cominis
Lyndsy Fonseca
as Dylan Mayfair
Gail O'Grady
as Anne Schilling
Frances Conroy
as Virginia Hildebrand
Matt Malloy
as Dr. Kagan
Tuc Watkins
as Bob Hunter
Joanna Cassidy
as Alex's Mother
John Rubinstein
as Principal Hobson
Dot-Marie Jones
as Prison Guard
Shawn Woods
as Biker-Bar Bartender
Rowly Dennis
as Dance-Club Bartender
Krista Ryan
as Biker-Bar Bartender
Polly Bergen
as Stella Wingfield
Todd Cahoon
as Bill Brown
Gloria Le Roy
as Rose Kemper
Ken Lerner
as Dr. Bernstein
Peter Onorati
as Warren Schilling
Todd Waring
as Dr. Martin
Sarah Knowlton
as Patty Rizzo
Mark Valera
as Mr. Vivientto
Marie Caldare
as Lila Dash
Kevin Cooney
as Owen Johnston
Rachael Harris
as Sandra Birch
Jeff Doucette
as Father Crowley
Hank Stratton
as Keith Kavendish
Brent Kinsman
as Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman
as Porter Scavo
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Critic Reviews for Desperate Housewives Season 5

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

If you gave up on this one because it seemed tired or just annoying in its familiarity, now might be a good time to try a return visit.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

There is, undeniably, something about these characters and performances that sticks.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

The programme has unaccountably jumped forward in time, presumably because the writers couldn't think of anything more to do with their dizzy characters that didn't involve drastic changes.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

With so many crazy things going on in their lives, the move ahead will hopefully refresh the series and make room for new story arcs and more crazy (and often dark) drama to play out in the little cul-de-sac.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I'm tired of the characters. They really seemed to have run their course.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The sort of quips in Cherry's script are the reason I continue to tune in.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

The five-year fast-forward was a stroke of genius, effectively increasing our insight into these ladies' world by twofold.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[The season 5 premiere] has the wit and bite that made the series a standout, but it has jettisoned much of the dramatic baggage that had begun to weigh the show down.

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

I found myself checking my watch and wondering why time wasn't passing more quickly.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

[The season finale of] Desperate Housewives mostly seemed to be spinning its wheels, desperately trying to build suspense around an event we never really feared was going to happen.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Desperate Housewives: Season 5

When you produce two great seasons and two good seasons, it is not always a guarantee the fifth one will be as good as the last four. That's what happened in season five of Desperate Housewives. It starts out five years into the future from when we left off at season four's finale. Viewers weren't welcomed back by a season that takes breaths away or even captivates you. No, season five's start is about as boring as the series gets, and not only for an episode or two. Season five's slumpy beginning only ends at the season's disaster episode, this time being the eight episode. With the exception of the flashback episode "Mirror, Mirror", season five definitely serves dull and unneccessary episodes in its first third. Things definitely pick up starting with the disaster episode, but the damage has been done. After finally delivering a great episode, season five yet again falls victim to slow pacing. Like at the start, a few episodes start somwhat boring. And even after a yet another great episode, this time centering around Edie, the following episode yet again comes off as unneccessary. Of course, from there on, things only get better and a good finale is brought. But after great finales of seasons one, two and four, the fifth is probably one of the worse. The reason for such a mediocre fifth season is probably the sheer greatness of season four and I can't help but list this slow season to the bottom of my ranking list of this series' seasons.

This show has hit my heart on so many level's... but David Dash, he was my biggest heart break in the show and his performance is phenomenal.

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