The BEST Episodes of Desperate Housewives

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

In the town of Fairview there's a street called Wisteria Lane; a peaceful cul-de-sac with manicured lawns and beautiful houses. It's a place where you know all your neighbors and your neighbors know all about you. It's the perfect suburban fantasy. But, behind every picket fence there are secrets. And, in every seemingly happy home, you'll find jealousy, lust, passion, and sometimes... murder.

Finishing the Hat (2)

#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.

star 8.57
260 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Marc Cherry

#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.

star 8.49
308 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Joe Keenan
Give Me the Blame (1)

#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.

star 8.37
300 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily
Something's Coming

#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.

star 8.34
280 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Joey Murphy, John Pardee
Come on Over for Dinner

#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.

star 8.24
221 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily
Secrets That I Never Want to Know

#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.

star 8.14
319 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Bob Daily
Down The Block There's a Riot

#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.

star 8.13
260 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily
The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

#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.

star 8.12
259 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bob Daily, Marc Cherry
Remember (2)

#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.

star 8.10
190 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Chris Black, Kevin Murphy
Remember (1)

#10 - 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.

star 8.09
246 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Jenna Bans, Marc Cherry
One Wonderful Day

#11 - 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.

star 8.08
283 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Katie Ford
I Guess This Is Goodbye (2)

#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.

star 8.08
234 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
Suspicion Song

#13 - 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.

star 8.08
278 votes
Writers: David Schaldweiler
Free (2)

#14 - 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.

star 8.07
228 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Jeff Greenstein
She Needs Me

#15 - 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.

star 8.06
266 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Jason Ganzel
Putting it Together

#16 - Putting it Together

Season 8 - Episode 9

Gabrielle, thinking the worst, goes on a frenzied search for Carlos after he unexpectedly checks out of rehab. Meanwhile, a desolate Bree goes on a drinking binge and finds herself in a desperate situation.

star 8.05
276 votes
Directors: David Warren
Writers: Sheila Lawrence
Boom Crunch

#17 - Boom Crunch

Season 6 - Episode 10

Gabrielle and Lynette's friendship is on the brink of collapse, whereas Bree and Orson come to an agreement about their marriage. Meanwhile, Susan hatches a plan to help an irrational Katherine, and Danny's vital mistake might cost Angie her freedom. In the meantime, Christmas cheer is curtailed when disaster strikes, as a plane crashes down on Wisteria Lane, putting lives in peril.

star 8.05
252 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Joey Murphy, John Pardee
Moments in the Woods

#18 - Moments in the Woods

Season 7 - Episode 18

Believing she's on a winning streak after undergoing a successful kidney transplant, Susan begins to think she's invincible and starts to gamble with the little money she and Mike have, convinced she can't lose. Meanwhile, Bree desperately tries to stop Andrew from admitting to Carlos that he was the one who accidentally killed his mother years ago, and Renee helps introduce Lynette to the world of high class, frivolous shopping now that Tom's bringing in the big bucks with his new, high-powered job. Felicia moves back into the neighborhood and tries to convince an extremely suspicious Paul that she wants to bury the hatchet and try to be civil to one another.

star 8.04
227 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: John Paul Bullock III
You Take for Granted

#19 - You Take for Granted

Season 8 - Episode 16

Susan talks Mike into going to the police when she discovers that Ben's loan shark is out to get him; Mrs. McCluskey, who's dying of cancer, asks Bree to help her commit suicide; Tom's girlfriend, Jane, stuns Lynette at Penny's birthday party; Carlos behaves oddly on his first day back at work, and Gaby is worried.

star 8.02
268 votes
Directors: Jeff Greenstein
Writers: Matt Berry
Is This What You Call Love?

#20 - Is This What You Call Love?

Season 8 - Episode 13

Bree's sexual escapades are getting out of hand and help comes from an unexpected source, Susan learns that Julie is pregnant, and Gabby has to deal with a situation at Juanita's school.

star 8.02
281 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: David Schladweiler, Valerie Brotski
The Lies Ill-Concealed

#21 - The Lies Ill-Concealed

Season 7 - Episode 19

Gaby covertly meets Bree when Carlos forbids them from being friends after learning the truth about his mother's death. Meanwhile, saved by the late Beth Young's kidney donation, Susan begins to have some inappropriate dreams about Paul; Lynette is reluctant to be the "plus one" when she accompanies Tom to a weekend conference featuring the nation's top executives; and Felicia tries to regain Mrs. McCluskey's trust in her campaign to bring down Paul Young.

star 8.02
243 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: David Schladweiler

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 POV. Her husband's acting suspicious, the neighbors are talking, and her girlfriends are wondering why one of their own would do something so rash… and so messy.

star 8.02
542 votes
Writers: Marc Cherry
What's the Good of Being Good?

#23 - What's the Good of Being Good?

Season 8 - Episode 12

Karen McCluskey finds out about Bree's sex life and interferes, Bree bumps into one of her many conquests unexpectedly, Gabby shares her past with the widow of Alejandro, and after introducing them, Renee ends up paying the price when the date between her hairdresser and Lynette doesn't go well.

star 8.01
277 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Jason Ganzel
Always in Control

#24 - Always in Control

Season 8 - Episode 7

Bree is stunned when she learns who dug up the body of Gaby's stepfather; jealousy rears its ugly head when Lynette begins to spread untruths to daughter Penny about Tom's new girlfriend; Gaby and Carlos must convince Lee and Bob that Juanita and Celia aren't the bad seeds that they used to be when they want to name them in their will as guardians; and Susan desperately searches her inner self to find what inspires her in order to better her art and impress her hard-to-please art teacher, Andre.

star 8.01
281 votes
Directors: Jeff Greenstein
Writers: Jeff Greenstein
Goodbye For Now

#25 - Goodbye For Now

Season 1 - Episode 22

Susan and Mike decide to move in together, much to Edie's displeasure. Meanwhile, Lynette takes steps to make sure Annabel doesn't come between her and Tom. Also, Bree comes to a realization about her "buddy" George the pharmacist who continues to interfere in her and Rex's lives. Carlos' legal problems take a turn for the worse, when Gabrielle decides to leave him. Mrs. Huber's journal reveals some secrets. Lastly, two new faces arrive on Wisteria Lane.

star 8.01
276 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Adam Barr