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The Best Episodes of 'Desperate Housewives'

July 29, 2020 2.9k votes 53 voters180 items

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There are so many juicy episodes of Desperate Housewives that keep you coming back for more and more drama, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Gossip" the best, or is "Liasons" your favorite episode of Desperate Housewives? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Desperate Housewives are, let's rank every Desperate Housewives episode from best to worst.

Desperate Housewives is an American soap opera and comedic drama series created by Marc Cherry. Desperate Housewives premiered on ABC on October 3, 2004. The series has received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, winning a total of 7 and 3 respectively. 

Vote up your favorite episodes of Desperate Housewives, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Desperate Housewives episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • 1

    Bang

    November 5, 2006
    55
    5

    Season3

    Episode Number7

    The day begins just as every other... Except today, there will be a deadly hostage situation in a local supermarket.

  • 2

    Something's Coming

    December 2, 2007
    46
    4

    Season4

    Episode Number9

    Things take an unexpected turn when a large tornado hits Wisteria Lane, forcing the residents to seek shelter; Katherine comes clean about her and Adam's past.

  • 3

    The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

    January 18, 2009
    40
    5

    Season5

    Episode Number13

    Local handyman Eli Scruggs dies from a heart attack on his last day of work and the housewives remember moments when he affected their lives.

  • 4

    Finishing the Hat

    May 13, 2012
    36
    5

    Season8

    Episode Number23

    Everything that begins must eventually end, as the beginnings and endings walk us both forwards and backwards, taking our final stroll down Wistera Lane.

  • 5

    Free

    May 18, 2008
    36
    5

    Season4

    Episode Number17

    Several residents are faced with deadly threats; Adam is held captive by Wayne; Katherine's secret past is finally revealed, after she and Bree are held hostage.

  • 6

    One Wonderful Day

    May 22, 2005
    34
    4

    Season1

    Episode Number23

    Tensions and conflicts endure between the different characters as the season comes to an end but leaves you hanging for what is to come.

  • 7

    Look Into Their Eyes and You See What They Know

    April 19, 2009
    34
    4

    Episode Number10

    The ladies travel out of town to visit Edie's estranged son, Travers, to deliver her ashes, thinking back to their most significant time in Edie's life along the way.

  • 8

    Down the Block There's a Riot

    December 12, 2010
    36
    7

    Season7

    Episode Number10

    Paul's nefarious plan for Wisteria Lane is put into full effect; Juanita discovers Gabrielle's secret; Tom is confronted about his past indiscretion with Renee.

  • 9

    Give Me the Blame

    May 13, 2012
    35
    5

    Season8

    Episode Number22

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

  • 10

    The Little Things You Do Together

    February 18, 2007
    31
    5

    Season3

    Episode Number15

    A drunk Gabirelle finds herself in bed with Zach; Tom prepares for Scavo's Pizzeria grand opening; A surprise proposal is made; The truth about Monique's murder is finally revealed.

  • 11

    Come on Over for Dinner

    May 15, 2011
    33
    8

    Season7

    Episode Number23

    The residents each enjoy a progressive dinner, but the evening turns fatal when Gabrielle's stepfather appears.

  • 12

    Remember: Part 2

    May 21, 2006
    32
    8

    Season2

    Episode Number24

    More frequent flashbacks featuring Rex, John Rowland, and George Williams, take us back to key moments in time for Bree, Lynette, Susan and Gabrielle and how they connect to the present.

  • 13

    I Guess This Is Goodbye

    May 16, 2010
    32
    8

    Season6

    Episode Number23

    Gabrielle risks her safety to help Angie; Lynette and her baby's fate lie in Eddie's hands; Susan comes to grips with financial woes; Bree considers confessing a secret; Angie must submit to Patrick's demands to protect Danny.

  • 14

    Remember: Part 1

    May 21, 2006
    25
    2

    Season2

    Episode Number23

    Perodic flashbacks to moving-in day on Wisteria Lane and how the control-freak Bree, the ambitious Lynette, the neurotic Susan, and the narcissistic Gabrielle met Mary Alice Young for the first time and how she brought them all together. 

  • 15

    City on Fire

    November 16, 2008
    32
    11

    Season5

    Episode Number8

    Everyone gathers at a nightclub for the annual "Battle of the Bands," until a fire breaks out, threatening the lives of those inside.

  • 16

    Pilot

    October 3, 2004
    23
    2

    Season1

    Episode Number1

    Mary Alice takes her own life, taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors; At Mary Alice's funeral, Susan meets Mike, a new neighbour.

  • 17

    Lovely

    February 21, 2010
    23
    2

    Season6

    Episode Number15

    Robin and Katherine go on a double date with two men, who both like Robin; Bree picks up a few tricks to engage Orson; Gabrielle looks for help with troublesome Ana.

  • 18

    Guilty

    November 28, 2004
    24
    4

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    Bree and Rex cover up Andrew's accident; Susan grows suspicious of Mike's real reason for moving to Wisteria Lane; Gabrielle questions the priest, who John confessed her adulterous affair ...

  • 19

    Boom Crunch

    December 6, 2009
    22
    2

    Season6

    Episode Number10

    The Bolens are blackmailed for money; Lynnette's lawsuit against Carlos further escalates; A small plane crashes into the Wistera Lane block party.

  • 20

    Welcome to Kanagawa

    January 6, 2008
    31
    12

    Season4

    Episode Number10

    In the aftermath of the tornado, Lynette's learns of her family's fate; An incriminating letter, left by Katherine's late aunt, forces her and Adam to come to terms with a dark secret.

  • 21

    Getting Married Today

    May 20, 2007
    29
    11

    Season3

    Episode Number23

    Bree returns from her honeymoon with Orson. Lynette's mother comes to town, as Lynette faces the possibility of cancer. Gabrielle's and Susan's weddings both take place.

  • 22

    Now You Know

    September 30, 2007
    29
    11

    Season4

    Episode Number1

    After agreeing to run away with Carlos on her wedding night to Victor, Gabby gets a call from Carlos, informing her that Edie has tried to commit suicide. One month later, Lynette tries to hide the fact that she has cancer from everyone, despite the fact she has no hair while she continues to deal with her difficult mother Stella.

  • 23

    Secrets That I Never Want to Know

    September 25, 2011
    22
    4

    Season8

    Episode Number1

    Tom and Lynette still pretend to be spouses for the kids; Susan avoids all contact with the ladies; Bree is confident she can use Detective Chuck as a warning system.

  • 24

    The Game

    October 14, 2007
    22
    4

    Season4

    Episode Number3

    A game of charades brings out some of the worst in the attending guests; Bree reveals what she overheard in Katherine's house; Gabrielle is unhappy to learn about Carlos and Edie's engagement.

  • 25

    Putting It Together

    December 4, 2011
    21
    2

    Season8

    Episode Number9

    Gaby, Susan and Lynette are questioned; Bree's life begins to spiral into despair; Lynette's favor could ruin Tom's relationship with Jane.