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Desperate Housewives: Season 5 (2009)

Teri Hatcher , Felicity Huffman  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker, Nicollette Sheridan
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 1032 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperate Housewives: Season 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Cherry-Picked: Creator Marc Cherry's Favorite Scenes
  • "What More Do I Need?" -- A Very Good Read -- A Behind-The-Scenes Look At How The Process Unfolds From Script To Screen
  • I Know Things Now: Desperate Housewives Celebrates 100 -- A Look Back At 100 Episodes Of Comedy, Drama And Cake Fights
  • So Very Teri -- Wisteria Lane's Favorite Girl Next Door...Funny, Beautiful, And She Does Her Own Stunts
  • Audio Commentaries

Editorial Reviews

For its fifth season, Desperate Housewives retained its best addition from season 4--Dana Delany as Katherine--and took a bold leap. That is, they took a jump five years into the future, and the new angle sparked the show to one of its more compelling seasons. Now Bree (Marcia Cross) is running a wildly successful catering business and Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) is finally out of jail. Susan and Mike (Teri Hatcher and James Denton) are split again and sharing custody of son MJ (Mason Vale Cotton), and dating a new guy, Jackson (Gale Harold), and lonely Katherine, respectively. Lynnette and Doug (Felicity Huffman and Doug Savant) are struggling to make ends meet at the pizza restaurant, and Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) is now a mom and trying to keep a house together with a blind Carlos (Ricardo Chavira). Following her forced exit, Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) has returned to Wisteria Lane with a new husband, Dave (Neal McDonough), who seems to be everyone's friend but has a deeply sinister side. He encourages Tom to take unnecessary risks, and starts a husband band that leads to a local "Battle of the Bands" that takes a dark turn and lands one of the Scavo teens in hot water.

Edie's unlikely friend, Mrs. McCluskey (Kathryn Joosten), has her suspicions and enlists her private-investigator sister (Lily Tomlin), not realizing she's made a target of herself. Every season, one Housewife seems to step up as a star, and this time it was probably Longoria, still impossibly self-centered but showing new depth as a frustrated mom. Other guest stars include Frances Conroy as Carlos' too-close client, Steven Weber as Julie Meyer's new boyfriend, Joanna Cassidy as a potential new member of Bree's family, Polly Bergen as Lynnette's mom, Swoosie Kurtz as Susan's coworker, and Beau Bridges as a one-episode handyman named Eli Scruggs. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

A primetime soap with a truly contempoary take on the happily ever after, Desperate Housewives takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem. Desperate Housewives The Complete Fifth Season fast forwards five years where new mysteries bind true friendships with a balance of humor and drama, twists and surprises.

Bonus Features Include: A closer look 5 years later, Miss Piggy takes Wisteria Lane, dialogue between Marc Cherry and Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives evolution of a modern classic, Cherry picked, audio comentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes

Customer Reviews

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How is this season so low-rated? June 30, 2009
I'm having a difficult time understanding why this season is rated so much lower than all the rest. First of all, Desperate Housewives is one of the most consistently good shows on TV and every season is solid. However, season five is special in that it revamped and refreshed the series by beginning five years ahead of where season four left off. This technique provides the viewer with a slew of new storylines:

Susan: In season five, we find Susan and Mike divorced after a terrible incident tears them apart. Connected through their five year old son, Susan and Mike struggle with old feelings while beginning new relationships, Susan with her much younger house painter and Mike with Katherine Mayfair.

Lynette: Tom and Lynette continue to struggle raising their four children, specifically their teenaged twins Porter and Preston. On top of that, Tom finds himself in a midlife crisis and Lynette discovers the woes of returning to the world of advertising at age 50.

Bree: No longer a mere housewife, Bree is now an established cookbook author and businesswoman, owning her own catering company with Andrew and Katherine by her side. However, success comes with a price as she struggles to maintain her marriage to Orson, now a former convict.

Gabby: The beginning of season five finds Gabby as a harried mother of two young girls; now a house frow, she is far from the glamorous fashion model she once was. When Carlos regains his sight, Gabby and Carlos find themselves at a crossroads as they begin to simultaneously adopt and question their former lifestyle.

Edie: After being banished from Wisteria Lane five years prior, Edie returns with a new husband in tow.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES April 2, 2009
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Prior to purchasing the first four seasons of Desperate Housewives I had never watched any of the episodes on TV. By the commercials I had seen though I had a feeling it would be something I'd like. Recently I've taken the time to watch all four seasons and I'm chomping at the bit now waiting for Season five. I don't know how I'll make it all the way to September!!!

This show is different than most, at least to me. I thought it was going to be more of a "Soap Opera" type but it's more of a drama with comic undertones. It'll make you laugh mostly, make you cry sometimes and make you sit there with your mouth hanging open thinking "I can't believe she did that!".

I find this series thoroughly enjoyable and addictive!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Housewives - Season Five August 23, 2009
In my opinion, in its first four years on the air, "Desperate Housewives" has had three out of four really good seasons. The first, third, and fourth seasons were excellent. Only the second season wasn't quite as good. So going into the fifth season of this hit show I wondered if it was going to match the greatness of its best years. Sad to say it didn't. The fifth season of "Desperate Housewives" was its weakest season yet. I still liked the fifth season of the show, and I'm giving it 4 stars out of 5 (it falls more under 3 1/2 stars than 4). But I've got a feeling that it might be running out of gas down the road in its later years to come.

For the most part, "Desperate Housewives" season five is still pretty good. There are plenty of moments that are funny, sexy, and suspenseful. There was nothing wrong with the acting. The regular cast is back and the acting is fine as usual. There was nothing wrong with the presence of Teri Hatcher (Susan), Marcia Cross (Bree), Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Eva Longoria Parker (Gabrielle), Nicolette Sheridan (Edie), and season four newcomer Dana Delany (Katherine) on the screen. Same goes for the other cast members as well. Along the way in season five there were some newcomers. The most notable newcomer to season five was Neal McDonough, who plays Edie's new husband Dave. This character provides most of the story arc to season five which means that this character has a deep dark secret that plays out during the season (quite similar to Dana Delany's character in season four). McDonough is very good here and there's no fault in his character's storyline.

There were other newcomers to season five, and many of the new faces were provided thanks to the five year jump that this show took at the end of season four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Five-Year Jump into Greatness September 5, 2009
The main ingredients to a memorable and successful TV series are good storytelling, well-drawn characters, (their peculiar and lovable foibles), and that itty-bitty incentive to keep audiences on edge every week. During the fifth season of Desperate Housewives, change was inevitable. The basis for that inescapability this year was the five-year jump into the future. And what a brilliant idea.

Writing for television is an intense, problematical, and always frustrating, weekly endeavor. To keep a series like Desperate Housewives scandalous, witty, dramatic, and afloat, the script writing can never be the same. Especially when the ensemble cast includes highbrow actors and actresses such as Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman, Nicollette Sheridan, and Dana Delany. Not to mention guest stars throughout the five-year run (and counting): the toast of comedy, Lily Tomlin; the incomparable, Dixie Carter; HBO's "Six Feet Under" star, Frances Conroy; film, TV, and theatre actress, Lesley Ann Warren; "Queer as Folk's" star, Gale Harold, and quirky Swoosie Kurtz, who gets a cameo this year in an unforgettable role. The list goes on.

Season four ended with a bang--literally. Katherine Mayfair shot her ex-husband and has since moved on to happier times, as have the other women of Wisteria Lane, hence the five-year jump. On the surface, anyway, life looks bright and forgivable for these women. Until we discover how unhappy people in Fairview really are behind closed doors. To keep audiences tuned in every Sunday night, there is the love triangle between Mike, Susan and Katherine. The script calls for a twisted plan to turn one woman into a wife, and the other a desperate loner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Housewives - 5th Season
I purchased these for my wife, and she has enjoyed watching (and re-watching) each season. Take a stroll down 'the Lane'.
Published 1 day ago by Joseph Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent delivery and I love the product I have no other issues with...
Excellent delivery and I love the product I have no other issues with this product. I is exactly what I expected and need.
Published 24 days ago by T. Thibault
5.0 out of 5 stars it's back!!!!!
I didn't enjoy season 4 as much as seasons 1-3. But in season 5 it seems they are back with that je ne sais quoi of seasons 1-3. I loved season 5. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NY rat
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of quality entertainment for a decent price.
My husband and I watched all seasons of Desperate Housewives together. That show was extremely entertaining since there were a lot of things happening on Each show. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kim M Waszak
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable SITCOM/DRAMA!
Enjoyed the previous four seasons and moving on to season five. Really enjoy the storylines; these women can really get themselves in to precarious, yet humorous situations.
Published 6 months ago by ELT
5.0 out of 5 stars As always great show !!
Housewives always has you wanting more and when we visit universal and go down That LANE it's like you been living there !! Great job !
Published 8 months ago by Lostboys
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this show.
I love this show. I bought it so I could watch it again and again over the years. I didn't want to rent it, I wanted to own it.
Published 9 months ago by J. Spinney
5.0 out of 5 stars DH 5th season
I love and have all of the Desperate Housewives DVDs. It was one of the best series ever on TV and it is fun to go back and watch the DVDs.
Published 10 months ago by Chandos
5.0 out of 5 stars love my desperate housewives
love my desperate housewives for the great writting, witty words, i miss the show its was my fav, so now i can watch them over and over again
Published 10 months ago by J. Ladore
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASED
looked forever for this season. found it but the prices were outrageous. this was a great price and pretty good quality...thanks!
Published 11 months ago by Alanna Jirdon
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english subtitles
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