Desperate Housewives: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)


Season 1
Desperate Housewives

Critics Consensus

Desperate Housewives' first season offers a refreshingly self-aware approach to the soap opera genre, making the most of its suburban setting with sardonic writing and seductive mysteries.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 102
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Air date: Oct 3, 2004
Air date: Oct 10, 2004
Air date: Oct 17, 2004
Air date: Oct 24, 2004
Air date: Oct 31, 2004
Air date: Nov 7, 2004
Air date: Nov 21, 2004
Air date: Nov 28, 2004
Air date: Dec 12, 2004
Air date: Dec 19, 2004
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Series 1 of the series about life on suburban Wisteria Lane revolves around the mysterious suicide of resident Mary Alice Young (Brenda Strong). As her friends grapple with the mystery of her death, they also deal with their own issues: Susan (Teri Hatcher) competes with neighbor Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) for the affections of new resident Mike (James Denton); Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) tries to hide her affair with gardener John (Jesse Metcalfe) from her husband Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira); and Bree (Marcia Cross) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) both deal with problems concerning their children and their marriages.


Felicity Huffman
as Lynette Scavo
Teri Hatcher
as Susan Mayer
Doug Savant
as Tom Scavo
Marcia Cross
as Bree Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria
as Gabrielle Solis
Brenda Strong
as Mary Alice Young
Mark Moses
as Paul Young
Dougray Scott
as Ian Hainsworth
Cody Kasch
as Zach Young
Andrea Bowen
as Julie Mayer
Steven Culp
as Rex Van De Kamp
Kathryn Harrold
as Helen Rowland
Jesse Metcalfe
as John Rowland
James Denton
as Mike Delfino
Lesley Ann Warren
as Sophie Bremmer
Nathan Fillion
as Dr. Adam Mayfair
Christine Estabrook
as Mrs. Martha Huber
Roger Bart
as George Williams
Richard Burgi
as Karl Mayer
Sam Lloyd
as Dr. Albert Goldfine
Zane Huett
as Parker Scavo
Shawn Pyfrom
as Andrew Van De Camp
Harriet Sansom Harris
as Felicia Tillman
Mehcad Brooks
as Matthew Applewhite
Joy Lauren
as Danielle Van De Camp
Emily Christine
as Ashley Bukowski
Alfre Woodard
as Betty Applewhite
Brent Kinsman
as Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman
as Porter Scavo
Bob Newhart
as Morty Flickman
Lily Tomlin
as Roberta Simmons
Shawn Doyle
as Mr. Hartley
Ian Hoag
as Beefy Middleaged Woman
Jeff Doucette
as Father Crowley
Pat Crawford Brown
as Ida Greenberg
Betty Murphy
as Mrs. Fome
Dana Delany
as Katherine Mayfair
Sharon Lawrence
as Maisy Gibbons
Kyle MacLachlan
as Orson Hodge
Justine Bateman
as Ellie Leonard
Mark L. Taylor
as Mr. Steinberg
Jason Gedrick
as Rick Coletti
Kathryn Joosten
as Karen McCluskey
Nick Chinlund
as Detective Sullivan
Stacey Travis
as Jordana Geist
Mari Weiss
as Mrs. Mcready
Rochelle Robinson
as Tug's Mother
Harry Murphy
as Mr. Lenz
Dagney Kerr
as Nurse Heissel
Paul Rae
as Hector
Lorna Raver
as Judge Sullivan
Nike Douglas
as Natalie Klein
Gary Cole
as Wayne Davis
Mary Pat Gleason
as Ms. Butters
Phil Reeves
as Mickey Gibb
Hamilton Camp
as Brian Linder
Albie Selznick
as Dennis Stevens
Laurie Metcalf
as Carolyn Bigsby
Brenda Strong
as Mary Alice Young
Joely Fisher
as Nina Fletcher
Aria Wallace
as Lily Stevens
Elizabeth Storm
as Janie Peterson
Jonathan Cake
as Det. Chuck Vance
Brett Cullen
as Det. Burnett
Dakin Matthews
as Rev. Sykes
Lisa Darr
as Tammy Brennan
John Lacy
as Detective Beckerman
Paul Dooley
as Addison Prudy
Gale Harold
as Jackson Braddock
Trisha Simmons
as Principal Star
Gail O'Grady
as Anne Schilling
Shirley Knight
as Phyllis Van De Kamp
John Slattery
as Victor Lang
Mike Farrell
as Milton Lang
Josh Henderson
as Austin Britt
Ryan O'Neal
as Rodney Scavo
Ernie Hudson
as Det. Ridley
Charles Mesure
as Ben Faulkner
Nashawn Kearse
as Caleb Applewhite
Polly Bergen
as Stella Wingfield
Mark Harelik
as Bob Rowland
Currie Graham
as Ed Ferrara
Joshua Moore
as Parker Scavo
Drea de Matteo
as Angie Bolen
Max Carver
as Preston Scavo
Charlie Carver
as Porter Scavo
Steven Eckholdt
as Officer Thompson
Marlee Matlin
as Alisa Stevens
Mason Cotton
as MJ Delfino
Jay Harrington
as Dr. Ron McCreadie
Kiersten Warren
as Nora Huntington
Jon Polito
as Charles Skouras
Jake Cherry
as Travers McLain
Lee Tergesen
as Peter McMillan
Lyndsy Fonseca
as Dylan Mayfair
Karen Austin
as Lois McDaniel
Kathleen York
as Moniqie Polier
Paul Raw
as Ice Cream Vendor
Rob Brownstein
as Rex's Lawyer
Mary-Pat Green
as Nurse Abigail
Bonnie Burroughs
as Bree's Lawyer
Melinda Page Hamilton
as Sister Mary Bernard
Kevin Rahm
as Lee McDermott
Tuc Watkins
as Bob Hunter
Dixie Carter
as Gloria Hodge
Beau Mirchoff
as Danny Bolen
Rachel G. Fox
as Kayla Huntington
Todd Grinnell
as Dr. Alex Cominis
Jill Brennan
as Tisha Atherton
Maria Cominis
as Mona Clark
Lee Garlington
as Alberta Holstein
Edward Edwards
as Jim Peterson
Shannon O'Hurley
as Mrs. Truesdale
Alan Baltes
as Dr. Levine
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Critic Reviews for Desperate Housewives Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

You have to admire a pilot that's capable of setting up five different families, each dealing with a different massive family struggle - while also crafting a mystery compelling enough to hook an entire nation.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

These actresses seem to recognize just how good Cherry's concept and script are - and each one of them contributes to make it even better.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

In a largely predictable lineup, it is a shrewd mystery with involving twists. In a medium that often shortchanges women, it is a grand showcase for accomplished actresses.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

There's at least one problem: The placid suburban lifestyle of shows like Desperate Housewives...doesn't exist anymore, at least not in the pure form depicted on this show.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It was a dark but satisfying finish to a year of mysterious events on Wisteria Lane, a finish that successfully tied up the loose ends established way back in the pilot episode.

May 22, 2015 | Full Review…

[The] premiere is so cheeky, sexy and alive that you can't help enjoying it.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Sure, the show offers a heightened reality, but it's not too far-fetched.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Desperate a post-modern, pop-feminist take on the matter that tries to re-invent the genre by simultaneously embracing and parodying it.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has all the elements of a soap opera, but it's told with the edge and sardonic wit of American Beauty.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

With Desperate Housewives...Cherry has fused a typically trashy nighttime soap...with a contemporary sitcom - with the result a surprisingly funny and often intriguing hybrid.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Serving up the kind of dialogue that leads to tears and cackles, it may be the most joyfully scathing look at stifled lives network TV has ever seen.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

At times, given conventions of the genre, "Desperate Housewives" might be a little too smart for its own good. For the most part, though, producer Marc Cherry...has concocted a program that's oodles of fun.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Desperate Housewives: Season 1

  • May 05, 2019
    Season one is refreshing, iconic and original; basically a masterpiece. Aside from one weak episode, season one delivers great plots more than three quarters of the time. Definitely a great season and should be remembered for long. And not only are the episodes "Pilot" and "Guilty" definitely one of the best, we sadly haven't seen a better season finale than/after season one. The only thing that went kind of wrong was how the iconic and sometimes even pleasant characters from this season are transformed to somewhat obnoxious, unrealistic or just downright one-sided personalities. But since it isn't the season's fault, you should definitely add season one to your watchlist.
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Amazing! The best tv show I've ever seen. I would recommend to anyone that likes drama, romance, comedy and mystery to definitely watch this show.

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