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Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season
Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season
Actors: Andrea Bowen, Richard Burgi, Michael Reilly Burke, Ricardo Chavira, Marcia Cross
Directors: Arlene Sanford, Charles McDougall, David Grossman, Fred Gerber, Jeffrey Melman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2005

Experience the television phenomenon that has fans cheering and critics raving. "Refreshingly original, bracingly adult, and thoroughly delightful, Desperate Housewives is like the answer to a TV prayer you didn't know you...  more »

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Actors: Andrea Bowen, Richard Burgi, Michael Reilly Burke, Ricardo Chavira, Marcia Cross
Directors: Arlene Sanford, Charles McDougall, David Grossman, Fred Gerber, Jeffrey Melman
Creator: Adam Barr
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/20/2005
Original Release Date: 10/03/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 10/03/2004
Release Year: 2005
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 29
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Marleen M. from WHEELING, WV
Reviewed on 2/18/2020...
So glad I found this as I had missed the first season. I totally enjoyed this set.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rachel W. from DELANSON, NY
Reviewed on 6/13/2017...
I got this show in a lot of dvd's i purchased. The title threw me off and it sounded ridiculous! I decided to give it a shot. I immediately got hooked! Don't let the title let you think it is some cheesy romantic comedy and that's it. This show has it all, comedy, romance, drama, murder mystery..all in one. My husband and son even got into it, and had their favorite characters. This is one of my top favorite shows ever, and i ended up watching the whole 8 seasons. Wish there were more! Every episode leaves you wondering what is going to happen next! 5 stars!
Tarra S. (thesaintmom) from PIEDMONT, SC
Reviewed on 1/31/2008...
Best series I have ever had the pleasure of watching! Great girl comedy & drama for a wonderful girls only break......A MUST SEE!!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Perfect "Sex and the City" replacement and more!
T. Stewart | Santa Cruz | 03/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am the perfect example that anyone can enjoy this show. With a title like "Depereate Housewives" it seems to put alot of people off, becasue they don't believe that they can enjoy this wondeful show. Well I am here to set the record striaght. I am a 17-year-old High school Senior Male (who just entered the UCSC) and Despereate Housewives has quickly become one of my top three favorite shows on the air (the other two being "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars").

The show is about four, sometimes five housewives and how there lives become meshed as they try to figureout the mystery behind why one of there fellow neighbors committed suicides. Beyond this mystery, each of the housewives have there own troubles at home to over come. Marcia Cross plays housewife one who has and off-again, on-again relations with her husband because he thinks she is too perfect, Felicity Huffman plays housewife two - a woman who has to deal with a husband who is never home and a home full of little monsters (also known as six and five year old boys), Eva Longoria plays housewife number three, a woman who isn't quit sure if her husband is the person she wants to spend her life with, and finally housewife number four player to perfect by Teri Hatcher is a 40-year-old woman who is recently divorced and has to take care of her 14-year-old daugter, but due to her neurotisisesy's it seems the daughter takes care of her.

I have just scratched the surface of what this show is about. During the first few episodes the show is trying to figure out what it wants to be (comedy or drama), yet it finally desided upon dramedy. The series won both the golden globe for best comedic series, but also for Teri Hatcher for best Actress (two additional actresses where nominated as well).

But what makes this series so special is the fact that it was a last chance at a career for most of the people involved. The creator was literally at the end of his ropes havn't to borrow money from his mother to write the script, and actresses Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher could no longer find work. This show is just a testiment that the old hollywood mantra "the younger, the better' does not apply anymore.

With "Unaireable / Uncencored episodes," Audio Commentary by the Cast and Crew, Bloopers, Behind-the-Scenes footage, and deleted scenes this is definately the DVD to own this september."
This Is What Happens When TV Goes Very Right
Busy Body | London, England | 05/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Desperate Housewives" is an absolute phenomenon! I remember I saw an advert on Channel 4 over here in England advertising this new show and just from the advert I knew I'd love it. So did 5 million other Brits who tuned in when the first episode premiered on January 5th 2005. Since that first episode the nation has been hooked. This is easily the most popular US-import show in the country and literally everyone at my college talks about it on a Thursday morning after the previous night's episode. I must confess, I watch it religiously on my own in our conservatory every Wednesday night and if anyone dare disturb me I will be seriously p***ed off!

In a world saturated with reality TV and bad talk shows, Desperate Housewives is a breath of fresh air. Creator Marc Cherry is a Godsend to women all over the world, and it was clear from the beginning that this show was going to become totally global. I mean I've heard stories about this show getting upwards of 30 million viewers in America! That's absolutely incredible, and this DVD will sell millions upon its release, trust me.

So what makes Desperate Housewives so addictive? For me, there are a number of things. Firstly, the cast is impeccable. The four main stars of the show are Teri Hatcher (who plays Susan Mayer), Marcia Cross (who plays Bree Van De Kamp), Felicity Huffman (who plays Lynette Scarvo) and the sensational Eva Longoria (who plays Gabrielle Solis). My personal favourite is Marcia Cross, because she is just so amazing. She is a gorgeous, fabulous gay icon and she is a true star! Her character is so particular. To begin with, we hate her, but over time she grows on you.

Secondly, I would say the blend of genres make this show effortlessly appealing. The mix of comedy and drama is achieved within a degree of perfection, tossing the viewer from laugh-out-loud moments to those moments of tension. It is a credit to the writers that they have sustained this throughout the entire first season. If we are to look at other successful shows such as Buffy, The X-Files, Friends, Will & Grace and Sex And The City, the pinnacle of excellence usually peaks after the first season, so for Desperate Housewives to hit the mark straight away sets the bar very high. I'm confident that they can improve the formula in the second season.

The imagery of the first season is just beautiful, too. The white picket fences, show home houses and lush green lawns define the show, and Wisteria Lane in general. However, they also serve as a major juxtaposition to the sensational storylines that bubble away under the surface. The murders, the affairs, the breakdowns and the shameful secrets are what keep us hanging on like vultures indeed, desperate, for more. Speaking of the storylines, they may not be the most original or inventive, but its with the amazing cast of actors that these storylines become something on their own entirely. So much happens in one episode that you may totally forget about it in the next! There is a small army of co-stars who decorate the sidewalks of the show as the spotlight falls on our four main characters and the troubles that revolve around them.

The season's main draw is the death of Mary Alice Young, and why she chose to kill herself with a revolver. This question is carried throughout the whole season, from the very first few minutes of the pilot episode where we see her kill herself. Details are gradually revealed throughout the season as the plot thickens. I'm not going to go into much detail about this storyline, or indeed the many others that make this season so jam-packed, because I'm sure you know it all yourself, but what I will say is that I love the way the characters are portrayed. There's a sense of fantasy about the whole neighborhood, in that everyone is a nosey beggar and wants to know everyone else's business. One such example is Mrs. Huber. The way death doesn't seem to affect many of the show's characters is also part of its appeal, as the show adopts an almost retro look at classic comedies with nifty stories and camp backdrops.


After so many of my favourite TV shows ended in 2003 and 2004, I was looking for something new to watch, but I never thought I'd find something as brilliant as Desperate Housewives. I say find, when really I should say 'realise' because this show has hit like a tidal wave. I sure will be buying the first season on DVD when it is finally released over here in the UK, and I'm sure you need no motivation from me to buy it as well! This review merely serves as a culmination of TV's biggest phenomenon. Here's to many more great years to come!"
A must for fans of Marcia Cross
Demosthenes | CA | 09/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Desperate Housewives" is a witty and amusing look at the antics of four suburban women whose lives change dramatically after the suicide of a neighboring housewife. Much like "American Beauty" or "Six Feet Under", the show mixes humor, drama, and satire to explore the underbelly of contemporary American society. While the performances of the main cast members are all good, my favorite is Marcia Cross, who brings a touch of the bizarre and mysterious to her character of perfectionist Bree Van De Camp. Cross creates one of the most memorable characters of recent TV. Fans of Ms. Cross should also check her out in LIVING IN FEAR (2001) and the hard-to-find FEMALE PERVERSIONS (1996), which is sort of a percursor to "Desperate Housewives" in its portrait of female angst and also the only film in which Cross (who has a small role as Tilda Swinton's mom) appears topless."