Desperate Housewives

10 Best Episodes of Desperate Housewives

Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young... it's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Desperate Housewives - S8E8

#15 - Suspicion Song (Season 8 - Episode 8)

Detective Chuck Vance begins harassing Bree as his suspicions about her involvement in the disappearance of Alejandro grow; after using the murder of Gaby's stepfather as inspiration for her art school projects, Susan must find a way to graciously decline art school teacher Andre's invitation to display and sell her paintings at a gallery showing; when Carlos's drinking gets in the way of his ability to work, Gaby goes to The Office in an effort to save his business from losing a multi-million dollar account; and on the occasion of their 22-year anniversary, Lynette comes up with a plan to try to salvage her marriage to Tom.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 283 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S1E23

#14 - One Wonderful Day (Season 1 - Episode 23)


Bree confides that she feels guilty because she and Rex were having a fight when he had his heart attack and that now he needs a pacemaker. Lynette's marriage takes a dramatic turn after an upset Tom vows that it is now her turn to go back to work and he'll be staying home with the kids. Carlos finally learns that John and Gabrielle have been lovers for a while, and vows revenge as he is carted off to jail. Mike takes Paul out to a deserted quarry, intending to shoot him.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 295 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S8E15

#13 - She Needs Me (Season 8 - Episode 15)

Susan offers to help the father of Julie's baby raise the child; Bree agrees to go to Maine with Orson - perhaps for good; Karen pleads with Gaby not to tell Roy about her condition; and the loan shark who threatened Ben sets out to ruin Renee.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 268 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S6E23

#12 - I Guess This Is Goodbye (2) (Season 6 - Episode 23)


Gaby risks her safety to help Angie; Lynette's fate and that of her unborn child lie in the hands of Eddie; Susan comes to grips with her financial woes; Bree considers confessing a secret she's harbored for years; and Angie must submit to Patrick's demands in order to protect her son.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 241 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S2E23

#11 - Remember (1) (Season 2 - Episode 23)

Flashbacks take us back to to moving-in day on Wisteria Lane for Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle and how Mary Alice brought them all together. Back in the present, Bree gets some frightening news. Susan moves into a trailer after her house was burnt down. Lynette and the kids are staying at a hotel. After seeing a report on the news, Gabrielle believes Carlos died. Paul begs Zach to get him a good lawyer via Noah.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 253 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S4E17

#10 - Free (2) (Season 4 - Episode 17)


After Katherine announces that she has to leave town, Bree is left responsible for catering Bob and Lee's wedding. Gabrielle finds $118,000 in Ellie's teddy bear. Susan realizes she will soon lose someone she loves. Katherine Mayfair's secrets are finally revealed, and several residents of Wisteria Lane are faced with deadly threats.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 234 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S2E24

#9 - Remember (2) (Season 2 - Episode 24)

Flashbacks take us back to key moments in time for Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle and how they connect to the present. After hearing Betty's message on her cellphone, Bree realizes she needs to escape from the psychiatric hospital and help Danielle, who has run away with him. When he sees Mike buying an engagement ring, Karl buys Susan a house. Lynette learns the truth about Tom's secret trips, while Gabrielle discovers a shocking secret her husband has been keeping from her.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 197 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S5E13

#8 - The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Season 5 - Episode 13)


When Eli Scruggs (Beau Bridges), the neighborhood handyman, passes away, the residents of Wisteria Lane realize how much he affected their lives.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 265 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S7E10

#7 - Down The Block There's a Riot (Season 7 - Episode 10)

Paul's nefarious plan for Wisteria Lane is put into full effect. Juanita discovers that she isn't Gabrielle's biological daughter, and Bree invites Keith (guest star Brian Austin Green) to move in with her, whilst Tom is confronted about his past indiscretion with Renee.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 267 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S8E1

#6 - Secrets That I Never Want to Know (Season 8 - Episode 1)


While Bree gives Chuck a ride, a smell becomes noticeable; Gabrielle seeks out a priest in order to help Carlos with his problem; Ben Faulkner, a new neighbor, meets Renee; Susan withdraws from her friends because of what happened to Alejandro.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 326 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S7E23

#5 - Come on Over for Dinner (Season 7 - Episode 23)

The Wisteria Lane residents each enjoy a progressive dinner; Renee begins a short-lived relationship with a bartender; Bree sees a connection with Chuck; the housewives cover up a fatal accident.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 228 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S4E9

#4 - Something's Coming (Season 4 - Episode 9)


A tornado comes to Wisteria Lane, forcing residents into basements, cellars and safe rooms, and destroying homes and lives. Meanwhile, Susan ends up at the hospital after falling down the stairs.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 288 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S8E22

#3 - Give Me the Blame (1) (Season 8 - Episode 22)

Bree's trial finally comes to an end with a surprise confession. Tom takes steps to finalize his divorce.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 305 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S3E7

#2 - Bang (Season 3 - Episode 7)


Everyone's lives on Wisteria Lane are forever changed when Carolyn Bigsby holds shoppers hostage at a local supermarket. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Carlos finish dividing their assets: Gabrielle gets the house, and Carlos gets everything in it. Susan is preparing to go to Paris with Ian.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 313 votes.

Desperate Housewives - S8E23

#1 - Finishing the Hat (2) (Season 8 - Episode 23)

Everything that begins must eventually end. This episode of beginnings and endings walks us both backwards and forwards as we take our final stroll down Wisteria Lane.

The episode was rated 8.54 from 266 votes.

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