Desperate Housewives on Netflix

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The hit television show Desperate Housewives ran on the ABC network for 8 seasons from 2004-2012. A quirky comedy-drama with a hint of mystery, it was told through the eyes of a woman who committed suicide in the pilot episode. The show has won multiple prime time Emmys, Golden Globes, and other awards, while getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike. We will take a closer look at the series and its history, and then we will see if a Desperate Housewives Netflix marathon is possible.

Desperate Housewives

Release Date on Netflix: 2010
Director: Marc Cherry
Runtime: 45 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

The story revolves around the lives of several suburban neighbors and friends along the fictional Wisteria Lane. It begins with the suicide of one member of a group of five women. The story is then told through her point of view, as it revolves around the mystery of her death, and then proceeds to go down many different story lines during its eight year run.

The four central characters are Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), Bree Van De Kamp (Marcia Cross), and Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria). The series follows their stories as they experience life with family, jobs, and sometimes overly amorous neighbors. It discovers that each of them has plenty of hidden secrets, and so does pretty much everyone else.

As new neighbors move in and out of Wisteria Lane, friendships, alliances, and even marriages tend to shift. The protagonists raise their children, who often become antagonists of their own. Many romantic partners come in and out of the women’s lives, and many of the story lines revolve around that. Some have affairs, while some get remarried.

There is also some more painful drama from time to time, including deaths and even criminal charges. The series is considered a tongue-in-cheek soap opera with melodramatic overtones. However, the drama is almost always presented in a comedic fashion, and the performances of the lead actresses really pull that off well.

Often, the seasonal story arcs follow a new person in the neighborhood, as the protagonists try to discover who they are and what their backstory might be. For the fifth season premiere, the series jumped five years forward in time. Flashbacks happen on occasion to cover the missing time, but the rest of the series continues to remain mostly in the near future.

This season one trailer will really give you a taste of the show’s tone. It is a lot of fun, with a very sexy tone.

Desperate Housewives on Netflix

The entire series Desperate Housewives is currently only available through Netflix’s DVD rental service, which is an additional charge to your basic streaming package. Every season is available through that mail program, but the show is not currently streaming. That said, you can’t have a Desperate Housewives Netflix marathon, unless you order the show’s DVDs.


Desperate Housewives is a quirky, comedic drama with hints of mystery and romance. It follows some very strong, well-performed characters through a lot of challenging situations. It features family drama, intrigue, and some serious scheming. It is an enjoyable show, and especially popular among women. If you want to watch it, you can get it through Netflix’s DVD mailing service.

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