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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC3 M-Net DStv StarSat 
Show Genre: Comedy-Drama
Season Premiere: Monday, December 02, 2013
Season Finale: Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Time: 17h00 - 18h00

Show Summary

Desperate Housewives is an American comedy-drama television series created by Marc Cherry which follows the lives of a group of women, seen through the eyes of their dead neighbour, as they work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their – at the surface – beautiful suburban neighbourhood.

The series aired in the USA on ABC from 3 October, 2004 to 13 May, 2012. There are 180 hour-long episodes in eight seasons.

Desperate Housewives originally aired in South Africa on M-Net from 7 April, 2005 to 2 August, 2012. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series, M-Net Holiday and M-Net HD channels, on SABC3 and on StarSat's Star One channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 1 originally aired on M-Net from 7 April to 8 September, 2005, on Thursdays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.

Season 1 later aired on SABC3 from 25 June to 3 December, 2007, on Mondays at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.

Season 1 premiered on Star One on Monday 2 December 2013, at 17h00. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays. There are 23 episodes in the first season.


Wisteria Lane seems to be the ideal place to raise children.

White picket fences, manicured lawns and well respected neighbours… or are they really?

There’s Susan Mayer, who's a single mom to daughter Julie. 


Susan's very attracted to her plumber neighbour, Mike Delfino, and the two later start a relationship. She's not very trusting though and hires a detective to check up on his past after she finds a large sum of cash and a gun in his kitchen cupboards.

Susan's a general busy-body and has been known to snoop around people’s houses - she even burnt down (accidentally) Edie Britt’s house.


Edie's been her rival for a long time and also has her eye on Mike. She is an vampy estate agent who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Then we have Bree van de Kamp.


Bree is an obsessive compulsive neatness freak. Mother to 2 rebellious teenagers and wife to Rex, she cooks, cleans and lives for them. Her marriage to Rex was on the rocks but after a brief separation, they got back together.

In between their break-up and make-up, Bree dated pharmacist, George Williams who became obsessed with Bree. Even when she broke it off he stalked her and eventually when Rex became ill, he gave him the wrong medication, which eventually led to his death.

Lynette Scavo is the mother of four hyperactive toddlers - three boys and one girl.


She gave up her career to raise her family but when motherhood is not all it’s cracked up to be she wants back into the working world.

Because her own mother used to hit her, Lynette refuses to spank her kids which leads to huge disciplinary problems. She became a frazzled bundle of nerves and even starts taking the kids Ritalin medication so that she could get some extra energy.

Her husband Tom is away quite often and Lynette feels that her life is falling apart. Unbeknownst to Tom, she approaches his boss and because of this Tom loses a big promotion but is able to be at home more often.

Gabrielle Solis is a former model and married to a very wealthy Carlos.

Gaby and Carlos

Money does not seem to keep Gabrielle happy though and she goes looking for it in the arms of John Rowland, who happens to be 18 years old and their gardener.

She manages to hide her relationship with John until Carlo’s interfering mother arrives. Juanita actually manages to catch Gabrielle and John in the act just minutes before she is run over by a car, driven by Andrew van de Kamp, Bree’s son.

First Juanita is in a coma and just when it seems she is going to be able to spill the beans, she falls to her death from a flight of stairs in the hospital, taking her secret with her.

John’s mother does eventually find out about the affair and threatens Gabrielle with a law suit. Gabrielle breaks it off and then finds out she’s pregnant.

It turns out that Carlos has been secretly tampering with her birth control pills and when she finds out, Gabrielle is livid.

To make matters worse, Carlos is in trouble with the law and Gabrielle is forced to join the working world.

Finally, there is Mary Alice Young.

Mary Alice

The series started with the suicide of Mary Alice and she has been telling us the story from beyond the grave.

There was a big mystery surrounding her suicide and the four friends did their utmost to find out what was the story behind her death.

It turns out that Mary Alice and Paul bought their son Zach, from a drug addict called Deidre.

They moved out to Wisteria Lane and even changed their names but somehow, 4 years later Deidre found them and demanded they give back her son. In desperation, Mary Alice killed Deidre and forced Paul to cut up her body, stuff it in a trunk and bury it in the garden, on top of which they built a pool.

Martha Huber, an elderly neighbor, finds out Mary Alice’s secret and blackmails her, which is the reason for her suicide.

Martha Huber

After Mary Alice’s suicide, Paul dug up the trunk and tried to get rid of it but it was eventually found. He also finds out Mrs. Huber is responsible for Mary Alice’s suicide and he kills her.

Enter plumber Mike Delfino.

Mike Delfino

He's doing investigation work himself and it’s not up until the end we find out what he is looking for.

He used to date Deidre and was hired by her family to see if he could find her.

He finally gets the truth out of Paul which is when he realizes that Zach is actually his son.


Note: M-Net HD only became available in late 2008, making Season 5 the first to be aired in high definition.

Season 1 (23 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 7 Apr 2005 | Finale: 8 Sep 2005 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 25 Jun 2007 | Finale: 03 Dec 2007 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: Star One | Premiere: 2 Dec 2013 | Finale: 1 Jan 2014 | Weekdays, 17h00

Season 2 (24 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 04 May 2006 | Finale: 19 Oct 2006 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 07 Apr 2008 | Finale: 15 Sep 2008 | Mondays, 21h00

Season 3 (23 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 15 Mar 2007 | Finale: 16 Aug 2007 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 28 May 2007 | Finale: 29 Oct 2007 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: M-Net Holiday | Premiere: 10 Dec 2007 | Finale: 31 Dec 2007 | Daily, 21h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 13 Jul 2009 | Finale: 1 Sep 2009 | Mon-Wed, 21h00

Season 4 (17 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 31 Jan 2008 | Finale: 22 May 2008 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 14 Apr 2008 | Finale: 4 Aug 2008 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 15 Nov 2011 | Finale: 6 Mar 2012 | Tuesdays, 21h00

Season 5 (24 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 26 Feb 2009 | Finale: 6 Aug 2009 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 26 Feb 2009 | Finale: 6 Aug 2009 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 11 May 2009 | Finale: 19 Oct 2009 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 9 Jul 2013 | Finale: 24 Dec 2013 | Tue, 21h30/20h30

Season 6 (23 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 28 Jan 2010 | Finale: 15 Jul 2010 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 28 Jan 2010 | Finale: 1 Jul 2010 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 18 Apr 2010 | Finale: 19 Sep 2010 | Sundays, 20h00

Season 7 (23 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 13 Jan 2011 | Finale: 16 Jun 2011 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 13 Jan 2011 | Finale: 16 Jun 2011 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 24 Jul 2011 | Finale: 25 Dec 2011 | Sundays, 21h30

Season 8 (23 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Mar 2012 | Finale: 2 Aug 2012 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 8 Mar 2012 | Finale: 2 Aug 2012 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 2 Sep 2012 | Finale: 27 Jan 2013 | Sundays, 20h30

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Susan Mayer Teri Hatcher
Lynette Scarvo Felicity Huffman
Bree Van De Kamp Marcia Cross
Gabrielle Solis Eva Longoria
Edie Britt Nicollette Sheridan
Carlos Solis Ricardo Antonio Chavira
Paul Young Mark Moses
Julie Mayer Andrea Bowen
Zach Young Cody Kasch
Mary Alice Young Brenda Strong
Mike Delfino James Denton
John Rowland Jesse Metcalfe
Rex Van de Kamp Steven Culp
Danielle Van De Kamp Joy Lauren
Andrew Van De Kamp Shawn Pyfrom
Karl Mayer Richard Burgi
Juanita Solis Lupe Ontiveros
George Williams Roger Bart
Martha Huber Christine Estabrook
Sam Geoff Pierson
Tom Scavo Doug Savant
Harlan Copp Chris J. Johnson
Lois McDaniel Karen Austin
Mr. Steinberg Mark L. Taylor
Claire Marla Sokoloff
Karen McCluskey Kathryn Joosten
Preston Scavo Brent Kinsman
Porter Scavo Shane Kinsman
Parker Scavo Zane Huett
Betty Applewhite Alfre Woodard
Matthew Applewhite Mehcad Brooks
Ms. Elenora Butters Mary Pat Gleason
Bob Rowland Mark Harelik
Ida Greenberg Pat Crawford Brown
Tish Atherton Jill Brennan
Felicia Tilman Harriet Sansom Harris
Sophie Bremmer Lesley Ann Warren
Bill Cunningham Rick Ravanello
The Counselor Joel McKinnon Miller
Brandi Anne Dudek
Kendra Taylor Heather Stephens
Mr. Hartley Shawn Doyle
Mary Alice Young (Pilot) Sheryl Lee
Alisa Stevens Marlee Matlin
Detective Sullivan Nick Chinlund
Reverend Sikes Dakin Matthews
Officer Rick Thompson Steven Eckholdt
Woman #1 Sandy Martin
Crime Scene Policeman Michael Patrick McGill
Justin Ryan Carnes
Dr. Albert Goldfine Sam Lloyd
Mr. Shaw Richard Roundtree
Jonathan Lithgow John Newton
Noah Taylor Bob Gunton
Helen Vale Lorna Scott
Maisy Gibbons Sharon Lawrence
Alberta Holstein Lee Garlington
Detective Burnett Brett Cullen
Rodney Scavo Ryan O'Neal
Charles Skouras Jon Polito
Millie Linda Hart
Annabel Foster Melinda McGraw

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