Think you know everything about Desperate Housewives? Think again! The hit series ran for eight seasons from 2004 until 2012 and with 180 mysterious episodes, there are tons of fascinating facts every die-hard DH fan should know about the show.
For instance, do you know which Wisteria Lane lady was the first to be cast on the series? Or that all of the DH episode titles follow the same theme? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up all of our favorite facts about Desperate Housewives in the gallery below.
Scroll down to learn more about the cast, characters, set, and show’s history:
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.
Desperate Housewives Title
Desperate Housewives wasn't the show's original title
Alternate titles including The Secrets of Wisteria Lane and The Secret Lives of Housewives were pitched before the creators settled on DH!
Desperate Housewives Bree Van de Kamp
Bree Van de Kamp was based on a real person
The show's creator, Marc Cherry, reportedly wrote Marcia Cross' character to be like his own mother.
Desperate Housewives Ratings
The show was a hit from the get-go
The pilot episode drew 21.3 million viewers and the series was the biggest success of the 2004-2005 television season.
Desperate Housewives Deaths
A lot of characters died on the show
In fact, 52 characters perished during DH's eight-season run.
Desperate Housewives Set
The Wisteria Lane set was built in 1946
The street was also used in shows Leave it to Beaver and The Munsters!
Desperate Housewives Episodes
The show's format was changed from early ideas
The creators originally thought the show would be a half-hour comedy but later changed DH to have hour-long dramedy episodes.
Desperate Housewives Gabrielle Solis
Eva Longoria was the first to join the cast
Eva was the first star to commit to the show to play housewife Gabrielle Solis. Series creator Marc Cherry later said he never intended Gaby's character to be likable!
Desperate Housewives Cast
The show's cast made history
With eight seasons and 180 episodes, Desperate Houswives holds the record of longest-running one-hour American series with an all-female principal cast.
Desperate Housewives Lynette Scavo
Tom Scavo's storyline majorly changed
Tom was originally supposed to cheat on his wife, Lynette Scavo, in Season 1 but the writers later decided they wanted at least one of the housewife's marriages to remain stable.
Desperate Housewives Episode Titles
All of the DH episode titles follow a theme
Each episode is titled after either a song or song lyrics, most of which were written by American composer Stephen Sondheim.
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