List of Desperate Housewives episodes


List of Desperate Housewives episodes

Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama which premiered on ABC on October 3, 2004, in the United States. The first season had a single special episode, while the second and third season each had two. As of November 13, 2011, 165 episodes of Desperate Housewives have been broadcast over eight seasons. To date, seasons one, two, three, four, five, six and seven have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Desperate Housewives follows the lives of four women—Susan (Teri Hatcher), Lynette (Felicity Huffman), Bree (Marcia Cross) and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria)—through the eyes of Mary Alice (Brenda Strong), their dead friend and neighbor.

The vast majority of the episodes are titled after lyrics by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Contents

Series overview

Season Episodes Premiere Finale DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region 5 Discs
1 23 October 3, 2004 May 22, 2005 September 20, 2005 October 10, 2005 November 28, 2005 September 18, 2006[1] 6 (Reg 1, 2 & 4), 5 (Reg 5)
2 24 September 25, 2005 May 21, 2006 August 29, 2006[2] November 13, 2006 October 4, 2006 September 18, 2007[3] 7 (Reg 2 & 4), 6 (Reg 1 & 5)
3 23 September 24, 2006 May 20, 2007 September 4, 2007[4] November 5, 2007 October 31, 2007 December 4, 2007[5] 6 (All Regions)
4 17 September 30, 2007 May 18, 2008 September 2, 2008[6] November 3, 2008 October 29, 2008 March 17, 2009[7] 5 (All Regions)
5 24 September 28, 2008 May 17, 2009 September 1, 2009[8] November 9, 2009[9] October 21, 2009 N/A 7 (All Regions)
6 23 September 27, 2009 May 16, 2010 September 21, 2010[10] October 4, 2010[11] September 24, 2010[12] N/A 5 (Reg 1), 6 (Reg 4)
7 23 September 26, 2010 May 15, 2011 August 30, 2011 October 31, 2011[13] November 30, 2011[14] N/A 5 (Reg 1), 6 (Reg 4)
8 N/A September 25, 2011[15] May 2012 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Season Ratings

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 Average
1 Sunday 9:00 P.M. October 3, 2004 May 22, 2005 2004–2005 #4[16] 23.69[16] 10.66[17]
2 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 25, 2005 May 21, 2006 2005–2006 #4[18] 21.70[18] 10.09[17]
3 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 24, 2006 May 20, 2007 2006–2007 #12[19] 16.70[19] 7.57[17]
4 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 30, 2007 May 18, 2008 2007–2008 #8[20] 17.52[20] 6.71[17]
5 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 28, 2008 May 17, 2009 2008–2009 #9[21] 15.66[21] 5.29[17]
6 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 27, 2009 May 16, 2010 2009–2010 #20[22] 12.83[22] 4.25[17]
7 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 26, 2010 May 15, 2011[23] 2010–2011 #26[24] 11.85[24] 3.9[25]
8 Sunday 9:00 P.M. September 25, 2011 Spring 2012 2011–2012 TBD TBD TBD

Season 1: 2004–2005

Season one premiered on October 3, 2004 and featured a total of 23 episodes and one clip show. The show opens with the mysterious suicide of housewife Mary Alice Young on a beautiful day in the suburbs, on a street called Wisteria Lane. Mary Alice, who narrates the show from the afterlife, had four friends: Bree Van de Kamp, the seemingly perfect mother of two teenagers struggling to save her marriage; Lynette Scavo, the mother of four whose husband is always away on business; Susan Mayer, the divorced mother in search of love finds love in the form of her new neighbour Mike Delfino, who has a secret of his own; and Gabrielle Solis, the materialistic ex-runway model who cheats on her husband. While trying to be good wives and mothers, the four friends also try to find out why their friend committed suicide. The discovery of a blackmail note among Mary Alice's belongings, a therapy session tape in which she admits her real name was Angela and her widowed husband's strange behavior really make them wonder the mystery surrounding their deceased friend.

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Charles McDougall Marc Cherry October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03) 21.64[26]
2 2 "Ah, But Underneath" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10) 20.03[27]
3 3 "Pretty Little Picture" Arlene Sanford Oliver Goldstick October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17) 20.87[28]
4 4 "Who's That Woman?" Jeff Melman Marc Cherry & Tom Spezialy October 24, 2004 (2004-10-24) 21.49[29]
5 5 "Come In, Stranger" Arlene Sanford Alexandra Cunningham October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31) 22.14[30]
6 6 "Running to Stand Still" Fred Gerber Tracey Stern November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) 24.60[31]
7 7 "Anything You Can Do" Larry Shaw John Pardee & Joey Murphy November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21) 24.21[32]
8 8 "Guilty" Fred Gerber Kevin Murphy November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28) 27.24[33]
9 9 "Suspicious Minds" Larry Shaw Jenna Bans December 12, 2004 (2004-12-12) 21.56[34]
10 10 "Come Back to Me" Fred Gerber Patty Lin December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19) 22.34[35]
11 11 "Move On" John David Coles David Schulner January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) 25.20[36]
12 12 "Every Day a Little Death" David Grossman Chris Black January 16, 2005 (2005-01-16) 24.09[37]
13 13 "Your Fault" Arlene Sanford Kevin Etten January 23, 2005 (2005-01-23) 25.95[38]
14 14 "Love is in the Air" Jeff Melman Tom Spezialy February 13, 2005 (2005-02-13) 22.30[39]
15 15 "Impossible" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry & Tom Spezialy February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20) 24.18[40]
16 16 "The Ladies Who Lunch" Arlene Sanford Alexandra Cunningham March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27) 24.08[41]
17 17 "There Won't Be Trumpets" Jeff Melman John Pardee & Joey Murphy April 3, 2005 (2005-04-03) 24.61[42]
18 18 "Children Will Listen" Larry Shaw Kevin Murphy April 10, 2005 (2005-04-10) 25.55[43]
19 19 "Live Alone and Like It" Arlene Sanford Jenna Bans April 17, 2005 (2005-04-17) 25.27[44]
20 20 "Fear No More" Jeff Melman Adam Barr May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01) 25.69[45]
21 21 "Sunday in the Park with George" Larry Shaw Katie Ford May 8, 2005 (2005-05-08) 26.10[46]
22 22 "Goodbye for Now" David Grossman Josh Senter May 15, 2005 (2005-05-15) 25.28[47]
23 23 "One Wonderful Day" Larry Shaw John Pardee, Joey Murphy, Marc Cherry, Tom Spezialy & Kevin Murphy May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22) 30.62[48]

Season 2: 2005–2006

Season two premiered on September 25, 2005 and featured a total of 24 episodes (including a two hour season finale of two episodes) and two clip shows. After discovering Mary Alice's dark secret, the housewives continue to move on with their lives. Bree, whose husband has just died, is not coping well with being a widow and is unwittingly dating the man who poisoned her husband. Susan, still searching for love after breaking up with Mike Delfino, ends up in bed with her ex-husband who is now dating the neighborhood hussy, Edie Britt. Lynette goes back to her career in advertising, as her husband Tom becomes a stay-at-home dad. Gabrielle, who is now pregnant, decides to be faithful to her husband Carlos who is now in jail - but just as she starts accepting her upcoming motherhood, she suffers a miscarriage. While managing their busy lives, the women cannot help but notice something suspicious about the new neighbors: Betty (played by Alfre Woodard) and Matthew Applewhite, who moved in during the middle of the night, are keeping a prisoner held captive in their basement.

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
24 1 "Next" Larry Shaw Jenna Bans & Kevin Murphy September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) 28.36[49]
25 2 "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" David Grossman Chris Black & Alexandra Cunningham October 2, 2005 (2005-10-02) 27.11[50]
26 3 "You'll Never Get Away from Me" Arlene Sanford Tom Spezialy & Ellie Herman October 9, 2005 (2005-10-09) 26.06[51]
27 4 "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" Robert Duncan McNeill John Pardee & Joey Murphy October 16, 2005 (2005-10-16) 25.78[52]
28 5 "They Asked Me Why I Believe in You" David Grossman Alan Cross October 23, 2005 (2005-10-23) 25.22[53]
29 6 "I Wish I Could Forget You" Larry Shaw Kevin Etten & Josh Senter November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06) 23.93[54]
30 7 "Color and Light" David Grossman Marc Cherry November 13, 2005 (2005-11-13) 25.93[55]
31 8 "The Sun Won't Set" Stephen Cragg Jenna Bans November 20, 2005 (2005-11-20) 25.92[56]
32 9 "That's Good, That's Bad" Larry Shaw Kevin Murphy November 27, 2005 (2005-11-27) 25.89[57]
33 10 "Coming Home" Arlene Sanford Chris Black December 4, 2005 (2005-12-04) 25.52[58]
34 11 "One More Kiss" Wendey Stanzler Joey Murphy & John Pardee January 8, 2006 (2006-01-08) 23.72[59]
35 12 "We're Gonna Be All Right" David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) 22.52[60]
36 13 "There's Something About a War" Larry Shaw Kevin Etten January 22, 2006 (2006-01-22) 25.33[61]
37 14 "Silly People" Robert Duncan McNeill Tom Spezialy February 12, 2006 (2006-02-12) 23.47[62]
38 15 "Thank You So Much" David Grossman Dahvi Waller February 19, 2006 (2006-02-19) 23.41[63]
39 16 "There Is No Other Way" Randy Zisk Bruce Zimmerman March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12) 22.20[64]
40 17 "Could I Leave You?" Pam Thomas Scott Sanford Tobis March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26) 21.41[65]
41 18 "Everybody Says Don't" Tom Cherones Teleplay by: Jenna Banns & Alexandra Cunningham
Story by: Jim Lincoln
April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02) 21.82[66]
42 19 "Don't Look at Me" David Grossman Josh Senter April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16) 20.02[67]
43 20 "It Wasn't Meant to Happen" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry & Tom Spezialy April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30) 21.30[68]
44 21 "I Know Things Now" Wendey Stanzler Kevin Etten & Bruce Zimmerman May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07) 21.33[69]
45 22 "No One Is Alone" David Grossman Kevin Murphy & Chris Black May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14) 21.03[70]
46 23 "Remember: Part 1" Larry Shaw Teleplay by: Marc Cherry & Jenna Bans
Story by: Alexandra Cunningham & Tom Spezialy
May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) 24.23[71]
47 24 "Remember: Part 2" Larry Shaw Teleplay by: Marc Cherry & Jenna Bans
Story by: Alexandra Cunningham & Tom Spezialy
May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) 24.23[71]

Season 3: 2006–2007

Season three premiered on September 24, 2006 and features a total of 23 episodes and two clip shows. It has been six months since Orson Hodge deliberately ran Mike over with his car. Gabrielle, who found out Carlos cheated on her with their surrogate maid, refused to take him back, and now they're getting divorced, but both want to raise the newborn child. Bree, who has finally put Rex's death behind her, marries Orson. A mysterious woman (played by Laurie Metcalf) accused him of killing his wife at their engagement party, and Bree can't help but wonder if that's true. Lynette, meanwhile, tries to adjust to having another child around the house. Ultimately she quits her job at the advertising agency to start a pizzeria with Tom. Susan, who has been waiting for Mike to wake up from his coma is shocked when she finds out her nemesis Edie has been posing as his girlfriend, since he has amnesia. And Edie has her nephew Austin move to Wisteria Lane after she finds him trying to break into her house.

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
48 1 "Listen to the Rain on the Roof" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry & Jeff Greenstein September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24) 24.09[72]
49 2 "It Takes Two" David Grossman Kevin Murphy & Jenna Bans October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01) 21.42[73]
50 3 "A Weekend in the Country" Wendey Stanzler Bob Daily October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08) 20.96[74]
51 4 "Like It Was" Larry Shaw John Pardee & Joey Murphy October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15) 20.64[75]
52 5 "Nice She Ain't" David Warren Alexandra Cunningham & Susan Nirah Jaffee October 22, 2006 (2006-10-22) 19.71[76]
53 6 "Sweetheart, I Have to Confess" David Grossman Dahvi Waller & Josh Senter October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29) 21.24[77]
54 7 "Bang" Larry Shaw Joe Keenan November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05) 22.65[78]
55 8 "Children and Art" Wendey Stanzler Kevin Etten & Jenna Bans November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12) 22.27[79]
56 9 "Beautiful Girls" David Grossman Dahvi Waller & Susan Nirah Jaffee November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19) 21.63[80]
57 10 "The Miracle Song" Larry Shaw Bob Daily November 26, 2006 (2006-11-26) 21.43[81]
58 11 "No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds" Sanaa Hamri Alexandra Cunningham & Josh Senter January 7, 2007 (2007-01-07) 18.71[82]
59 12 "Not While I'm Around" David Grossman Kevin Murphy & Kevin Etten January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14) 16.76[83]
60 13 "Come Play Wiz Me" Larry Shaw Valerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlin January 21, 2007 (2007-01-21) 17.14[84]
61 14 "I Remember That" David Warren John Pardee & Joey Murphy February 11, 2007 (2007-02-11) 18.10[85]
62 15 "The Little Things You Do Together" David Grossman Marc Cherry & Joe Keenan February 18, 2007 (2007-02-18) 18.51[86]
63 16 "My Husband, the Pig" Larry Shaw Brian A. Alexander March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04) 18.31[87]
64 17 "Dress Big" Matthew Diamond Kevin Etten & Susan Nirah Jaffee April 8, 2007 (2007-04-08) 15.93[88]
65 18 "Liaisons" David Grossman Jenna Bans & Alexandra Cunningham April 15, 2007 (2007-04-15) 16.35[89]
66 19 "God, That's Good" Larry Shaw Dahvi Waller & Josh Senter April 22, 2007 (2007-04-22) 15.91[90]
67 20 "Gossip" Wendey Stanzler John Pardee & Joey Murphy April 29, 2007 (2007-04-29) 17.17[91]
68 21 "Into the Woods" David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham May 6, 2007 (2007-05-06) 17.16[92]
69 22 "What Would We Do Without You?" Larry Shaw Bob Daily May 13, 2007 (2007-05-13) 16.13[93]
70 23 "Getting Married Today" David Grossman Joe Keenan & Kevin Murphy May 20, 2007 (2007-05-20) 18.82[94]

Season 4: 2007–2008

Season four premiered on September 30, 2007 and was supposed to feature a total of 23 episodes, but due to the Writers Guild of America strike it only featured a total of 17 episodes including a two-hour season finale, making season 4 the shortest season to date.[95] In season 4, Susan and Mike settle down into a married life and Susan finds out she's pregnant. Lynette is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma and having problems with Kayla. Bree is pretending to be pregnant with Danielle's baby so she can adopt the baby and pass it off as her own. Gabrielle is in an unhappy marriage with Victor and is continuing her secret affair with Carlos, and after faking a suicide attempt, Edie tries to keep her relationship with Carlos intact by blackmailing him. New neighbors Katherine, Adam, and Dylan Mayfair move to Wisteria Lane with a dark secret of their own. Season 4 also saw the destruction of Wisteria Lane when a tornado ripped through the neighborhood and ultimately changed the lives of everyone. By the end of the season, a 5 year time jump takes place.

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
71 1 "Now You Know" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) 19.32[96]
72 2 "Smiles of a Summer Night" David Grossman Bob Daily & Matt Berry October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07) 17.82[97]
73 3 "The Game" Bethany Rooney Joey Murphy & John Pardee October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14) 18.89[98]
74 4 "If There's Anything I Can't Stand" Larry Shaw Alexandra Cunningham & Lori Kirkland Baker October 21, 2007 (2007-10-21) 18.21[99]
75 5 "Art Isn't Easy" David Grossman Jason Ganzel October 28, 2007 (2007-10-28) 18.28[100]
76 6 "Now I Know, Don't Be Scared" Larry Shaw Susan Nirah Jaffee & Dahvi Waller November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04) 18.58[101]
77 7 "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover" David Warren Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) 18.63[102]
78 8 "Distant Past" Jay Torres Joe Keenan November 25, 2007 (2007-11-25) 18.64[103]
79 9 "Something's Coming" David Grossman Joey Murphy & John Pardee December 2, 2007 (2007-12-02) 20.65[104]
80 10 "Welcome to Kanagawa" Larry Shaw Jamie Gorenberg & Jordon Nardino January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) 19.78[105]
81 11 "Sunday" David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham & Lori Kirkland Baker April 13, 2008 (2008-04-13)[106] 16.37[107]
82 12 "In Buddy's Eyes" Larry Shaw Jeff Greenstein April 20, 2008 (2008-04-20) 15.75[108]
83 13 "Hello, Little Girl" Bethany Rooney Susan Nirah Jaffee & Jamie Gorenberg April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) 16.35[109]
84 14 "Opening Doors" David Grossman Dahvi Waller & Jordon Nardino May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04) 16.76[110]
85 15 "Mother Said" David Warren Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano May 11, 2008 (2008-05-11) 15.43[111]
86 16 "The Gun Song" Bethany Rooney Bob Daily & Matt Berry May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18) 16.84[112]
87 17 "Free" David Grossman Jeff Greenstein May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18) 16.84[112]

Season 5: 2008–2009

Cherry had stated that flashbacks would be used infrequently to advance or illustrate a current plotline of the new season following the five-year leap.[113] Nicollette Sheridan, who played Edie, was speculated to have left the series after her character's departure in the fourth season. However, it was later confirmed that she would be returning for the new season.[114] Neal McDonough, who played Edie's husband, joined the cast as a series regular.[115] Gale Harold joined the cast as Jackson, the man kissing Susan in the season four finale.[116] James Denton, who plays Mike Delfino, told People magazine that he will definitely be returning in season five, although "Mike and Susan have definitely split up".[117] Other cast additions for season five include Max and Charles Carver, who now play Preston and Porter Scavo respectively, Joshua Moore plays Parker, and Kendall Applegate plays Penny.[118]

This was the last season featuring Nicollette Sheridan as a co-star, as the character of Edie Britt has been written out of the series.[119]

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
88 1 "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) 18.68[120]
89 2 "We're So Happy You're So Happy" David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham October 5, 2008 (2008-10-05) 15.69[121]
90 3 "Kids Ain't Like Everybody Else" Bethany Rooney Joe Keenan October 12, 2008 (2008-10-12) 15.51[122]
91 4 "Back in Business" Scott Ellis John Pardee & Joey Murphy October 19, 2008 (2008-10-19) 15.49[123]
92 5 "Mirror, Mirror" David Grossman Jeff Greenstein October 26, 2008 (2008-10-26) 15.95[124]
93 6 "There's Always a Woman" Matthew Diamond John Paul Bullock III November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) 15.93[125]
94 7 "What More Do I Need?" Larry Shaw Matt Berry November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09) 15.85[126]
95 8 "City on Fire" David Grossman Bob Daily November 16, 2008 (2008-11-16) 16.84[127]
96 9 "Me and My Town" David Warren Lori Kirkland Baker November 30, 2008 (2008-11-30) 15.81[128]
97 10 "A Vision's Just a Vision" Larry Shaw David Flebotte December 7, 2008 (2008-12-07) 16.09[129]
98 11 "Home is the Place" David Grossman Jamie Gorenberg January 4, 2009 (2009-01-04) 14.39[130]
99 12 "Connect! Connect!" Ken Whittingham Jordon Nardino January 11, 2009 (2009-01-11) 13.79[131]
100 13 "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry & Bob Daily January 18, 2009 (2009-01-18) 13.08[132]
101 14 "Mama Spent Money When She Had None" David Warren Jason Ganzel February 8, 2009 (2009-02-08) 13.82[133]
102 15 "In a World Where the Kings Are Employers" David Grossman Lori Kirkland Baker February 15, 2009 (2009-02-15) 14.01[134]
103 16 "Crime Doesn't Pay" Larry Shaw Jamie Gorenberg March 8, 2009 (2009-03-08) 13.65[135]
104 17 "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" Bethany Rooney Jordon Nardino March 15, 2009 (2009-03-15) 14.60[136]
105 18 "A Spark. To Pierce the Dark." David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22) 14.75[137]
106 19 "Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know" Larry Shaw Matt Berry April 19, 2009 (2009-04-19) 13.85[138]
107 20 "Rose's Turn" David Warren Dave Flebotte April 26, 2009 (2009-04-26) 13.64[139]
108 21 "Bargaining" David Grossman David Schladweiler May 3, 2009 (2009-05-03) 13.49[140]
109 22 "Marry Me a Little" Larry Shaw Jason Ganzel May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10) 12.29[141]
110 23 "Everybody Says Don't" Bethany Rooney John Pardee & Joey Murphy May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17) 13.96[142]
111 24 "If It's Only In Your Head" David Grossman Jeffrey Richman May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17) 13.96[142]

Season 6: 2009–2010

On April 23, 2009, it was announced that Desperate Housewives would return for a sixth season.[143] The sixth season premiered on ABC on September 27, 2009. Season six aired a total of 23 episodes, which were broadcast in 2009-2010.

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
112 1 "Nice is Different Than Good" Larry Shaw Marc Cherry September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) 13.64[144]
113 2 "Being Alive" David Grossman Matt Berry October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04) 14.64[145]
114 3 "Never Judge a Lady By Her Lover" Andrew Doerfer Bob Daily October 11, 2009 (2009-10-11) 13.42[146]
115 4 "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues" David Warren Alexandra Cunningham October 18, 2009 (2009-10-18) 13.68[147]
116 5 "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" Larry Shaw Jamie Gorenberg October 25, 2009 (2009-10-25) 14.18[148]
117 6 "Don't Walk on the Grass" David Grossman Marco Pennette November 1, 2009 (2009-11-01) 14.08[149]
118 7 "Careful the Things You Say" Bethany Rooney Peter Lefcourt November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08) 13.80[150]
119 8 "The Coffee Cup" Larry Shaw Dave Flebotte November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15) 14.72[151]
120 9 "Would I Think of Suicide?" Ken Whittingham Jason Ganzel November 29, 2009 (2009-11-29) 12.78[152]
121 10 "Boom Crunch" David Grossman John Pardee & Joey Murphy December 6, 2009 (2009-12-06) 14.86[153]
122 11 "If..." Larry Shaw Jamie Gorenberg January 3, 2010 15.35[154]
123 12 "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" David Grossman Joe Keenan January 10, 2010 14.03[155]
124 13 "How About a Friendly Shrink?" Lonny Price Jason Ganzel January 17, 2010 11.32[156]
125 14 "The Glamorous Life" Bethany Rooney Dave Flebotte January 31, 2010 11.44[157]
126 15 "Lovely" David Warren David Schladweiler February 21, 2010 10.92[158]
127 16 "The Chase" Larry Shaw John Pardee & Joey Murphy February 28, 2010 10.89[159]
128 17 "Chromolume No. 7" Lonny Price Marco Pennette March 14, 2010 12.01[160]
129 18 "My Two Young Men" David Grossman Bob Daily March 21, 2010 10.84[161]
130 19 "We All Deserve to Die" Larry Shaw Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott April 18, 2010 10.62[162]
131 20 "Epiphany" David Grossman Marc Cherry April 25, 2010 11.29[163]
132 21 "A Little Night Music" David Warren Matt Berry May 2, 2010 12.12[164]
133 22 "The Ballad of Booth" Larry Shaw Bob Daily May 9, 2010 11.36[165]
134 23 "I Guess This is Goodbye" David Grossman Alexandra Cunningham May 16, 2010 12.75[166]

Season 7: 2010–2011

On May 18, 2010, it was announced that Desperate Housewives would return for a seventh season.[167] The seventh season premiered on ABC on September 26, 2010.[168] Season seven aired a total of 23 episodes, which were broadcast in 2010-2011.

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
135 1 "Remember Paul?" David Grossman Marc Cherry September 26, 2010 13.06[169]
136 2 "You Must Meet My Wife" Larry Shaw Dave Flebotte October 3, 2010 13.23[170]
137 3 "Truly Content" Tara Nicole Weyr Matt Berry October 10, 2010 12.38[171]
138 4 "The Thing That Counts Is What's Inside" David Grossman Jason Ganzel October 17, 2010 12.67[172]
139 5 "Let Me Entertain You" Lonny Price Sara Parriott & Josann McGibbon October 24, 2010 12.16[173]
140 6 "Excited and Scared" Jeff Greenstein Jeff Greenstein October 31, 2010 11.10[174]
141 7 "A Humiliating Business" Larry Shaw Marco Pennette November 7, 2010 12.72[175]
142 8 "Sorry Grateful" David Grossman Annie Weisman November 14, 2010 11.92[176]
143 9 "Pleasant Little Kingdom" Arlene Sanford Dave Flebotte December 5, 2010 11.36[177]
144 10 "Down the Block There's a Riot" Larry Shaw Bob Daily December 12, 2010 11.60[178]
145 11 "Assassins" David Warren John Paul Bullock III January 2, 2011 12.19[179]
146 12 "Where Do I Belong" David Grossman David Schladweiler January 9, 2011 12.83[180]
147 13 "I'm Still Here" Lonny Price Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott January 16, 2011 10.25[181]
148 14 "Flashback" Andrew Doerfer Matt Berry February 13, 2011 9.20[182]
149 15 "Farewell Letter" David Grossman Marco Pennette February 20, 2011 10.58[183]
150 16 "Searching" Larry Shaw Jeff Greenstein March 6, 2011 11.35[184]
151 17 "Everything's Different, Nothing's Changed" David Warren Annie Weisman April 3, 2011 9.05[185]
152 18 "Moments in the Woods" David Grossman John Paul Bullock III April 17, 2011 9.11[186]
153 19 "The Lies Ill-Concealed" Larry Shaw David Schladweiler April 24, 2011 10.15[187]
154 20 "I'll Swallow Poison on Sunday" David Warren Jason Ganzel May 1, 2011 9.44[188]
155 21 "Then I Really Got Scared" Larry Shaw Valerie A. Brotski May 8, 2011 10.00[189]
156 22 "And Lots of Security..." David Grossman Joe Keenan May 15, 2011 10.25[190]
157 23 "Come on Over for Dinner" Larry Shaw Bob Daily May 15, 2011 10.25[190]

Season 8: 2011–2012

On May 17, 2011, Desperate Housewives was officially renewed by ABC for an eighth and final season.[191][192][193] The season premiere episode was broadcast on Sunday, September 25, 2011.[194]

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
158 1 "Secrets That I Never Want to Know" David Grossman Bob Daily September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25) 9.93[195]
159 2 "Making the Connection" Tara Nicole Weyr Matt Berry October 2, 2011 (2011-10-02) 9.16[196]
160 3 "Watch While I Revise the World" David Warren John Paul Bullock III October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09) 8.63[197]
161 4 "School of Hard Knocks" David Grossman Marco Pennette October 16, 2011 (2011-10-16) 8.27[198]
162 5 "The Art of Making Art" Lonny Price Dave Flebotte October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23) 9.17[199]
163 6 "Witch's Lament" Tony Plana Annie Weisman October 30, 2011 (2011-10-30) 9.28[200]
164 7 "Always in Control" Jeff Greenstein Jeff Greenstein November 6, 2011 (2011-11-06) 8.78[201]
165 8 "Suspicion Song" Jennifer Getzinger David Schaldweiler November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13) 9.29[202]
166 9 "Putting It Together"[203] David Warren Sheila Lawrence December 4, 2011 (2011-12-04) TBA
167 10 "What's to Discuss, Old Friend"[204] David Grossman TBA TBA TBA
168 11 "TBA"[205] Larry Shaw TBA TBA TBA

Specials

Season (No.) Title Episode Shown After Narrator Original Airdate U.S. viewers (millions)
1 (1) Sorting Out the Dirty Laundry 1-19 (19) Tracy Fraim April 24, 2005 23.7[206]
Memorable moments of the season combined with new insight into the many mysteries of Wisteria Lane and its residents and a preview of the season's remaining four episodes.
2 (2) All the Juicy Details 2-10 (33) Brenda Strong January 1, 2006 N/A
This special features the best and most-loved moments from the show, while also bringing viewers up to date with the second season's first 10 episodes. The hour follows the story arc of each character with commentary by Mary Alice, who guides viewers, much as she does in the regular episodes, through the various twists and turns of their stories.
2 (3) The More You Know, The Juicier It Gets 2-19 (42) Brenda Strong April 23, 2006 N/A
This special features the best and most-loved moments from the show, while also bringing viewers up to date with the remaining 5 hours of the show's second season. The special will bring viewers up to date with all the latest goings-on, including Bree and Andrew's escalating war, Susan's love triangle with Mike and Karl, Lynette's new job as her husband's new boss, Gabrielle and Carlos's quest for a child, as well as the ongoing mystery of the Applewhite family's secret life.
2 (4) Time to Come Clean 2-24 (47) Marc Cherry et al. September 3, 2006 N/A
A 30-minute special in which Marc Cherry and the writing/production staff offer the inside scoop on the next season and the upcoming Wisteria Lane wedding. In the new season, Bree wonders if Orson really did kill his wife. Susan meets a new love interest at the hospital, while taking care of Mike who's in a coma. Lynette starts to get concerned that Tom is spending too much time with Nora. Gabrielle promises Xiao-Mei that the moment she has the baby she will send her back to China.
3 (5) The Juiciest Bites 3-16 (63) Brenda Strong April 1, 2007 N/A
A clip show which features the most loved moments from the show, Seasons 1, 2 and 3, and prepares the viewers for the final episodes of the third season.
3 (6) Secrets and Lies 3-23 (70) Brenda Strong September 23, 2007 9.0[207]
A special to recap viewers on the current season's events on Wisteria Lane. To date, "Secrets and Lies" is the final special as subsequent seasons have not included a special.

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