Movies and TV shows like Desperate Housewives

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Desperate Housewives (2004)
 7.5
 113K
Desperate Housewives (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012. Executive producer Cherry served as showrunner. Other executive producers since the fourth season included Bob Daily, George W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, David Grossman, and Larry Shaw. The main setting of the show was Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional American town of 'Fairview' in the fictional 'Eagle State'. The show followed the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of a dead neighbor who committed suicide in the very first episode. The storyline covers thirteen years of the women's lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2017. They worked through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood. The show featured an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. Brenda Strong narrated the show as the deceased Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences.
Style: witty, twists and turns, dark humor, cynical, stylized, sexy, sexual, humorous, realistic, biting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: housewife, family relations, suburban life, female friendship, neighbor, social relations, infidelity, couple relations, family life, friendship, lifestyle, investigation, family problems, best friends, family secret, couples, divorce, love and romance, marital problem, love affair, intrigue, suicide, jealousy, crumbling marriage, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Desperate Housewives

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and sexy films and TV series with plots about family relations, couples, couple relations, friendship, love and romance, friends and lifestyle mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Desperate Housewives: Devious Maids (2013), Mistresses (2013), Why Women Kill (2019), Sex and the City (1998), Big Little Lies (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 21K
Devious Maids (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series centers on four Latina maids working in the homes of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families, and a newcomer who made it personal after a maid was murdered and determined to uncover the truth behind her demise, and in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, enigmatic, entertaining, humorous
Plot: maid, secrets, female friendship, couple relations, murder, female protagonist, secret, deception, latinx lead, love, betrayal, adultery ...
Place: beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
 7.1
 12K
Mistresses (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Meet Savi, a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life -- both professional and personal -- simultaneously bucking for partner at her law firm while she and her husband, Harry, try to start a family of their own. Savi's ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexy, tense, melancholic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, mistress, best friends, love affair, couple relations, family relations, casual sex, lifestyle, relationship problems, extramarital affair, female protagonist, female friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Why Women Kill (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Story: Three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the '60s, a socialite in the '80s and a lawyer in 2018, deal with infidelity in their marriages.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, witty, erotic, dark humor ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: housewife, women, crumbling marriage, open marriage, marriage, jealousy, male female relationship, female protagonist, older woman younger man relationship, society, interracial couple, adultery ...
Time: 80s, 1960s, 60s, 1940s, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sex and the City (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Based on the bestselling book by Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City tells the story of four best friends, all single and in their late thirties, as they pursue their careers and talk about their sex lives, all while trying to survive the New York ...
Style: sentimental, witty, stylized, sexual, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: female friendship, best friends, looking for love, sexual attraction, couple relations, city life, sex, looking for sex, sexual relations, everyday life, sexual intercourse, up and down relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 8.5
 145K
Big Little Lies (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Style: surprise ending, disturbing, enigmatic, twists and turns
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: domestic violence, female friendship, murder mystery, family life, housewife, marriage, intrigue, parent child relationship, crumbling marriage, gossip and rumors, mother, adultery ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, family outing
Plot: friendship, blackmail, threat, best friends, friends, high school, popularity, youth, high school life, haunted by the past, disappearance, gossip and rumors ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Lipstick Jungle (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Lipstick Jungle is an American comedy-drama television series created by DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler for NBC Universal Television Studio. The hour-long series was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Candace Bushnell, who also ...
Style: talky, sexy, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: rivalry, career woman, friends, ambition, family life, workplace intrigue, thirtysomething life, office, couples, city life, best friends, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.2
 6K
Army Wives (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Army Wives is an American drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, military life, family life, best friends, couples, couple relations, love and romance, lifestyle, infidelity, soldier, social relations, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 5.8
 11K
Melrose Place (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992, to May 24, 1999 for seven seasons. It follows the lives of a group of young adults living in a brownstone apartment complex on Melrose Place, in Los Angeles, ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexy, captivating, sexual
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, manipulation, advertising, friends, love affair, couple relations, intrigue, neighbor, self fulfillment, manipulations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 9K
The Details (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder.
Style: humorous, cynical, dark humor, semi serious, realistic
Plot: murder, infidelity, raccoon, lifestyle, life turned upside down, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, couples, disorder, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 95K
Gilmore Girls (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Set in the charming town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the series follows the captivating lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mother/daughter pair who have a relationship most people only dream of.
Style: talky, feel good, witty, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: small town, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, single mother, boyfriend, best friends, lifestyle, looking for love, small town life, teenager, family, verbal byplay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: connecticut, usa, yale university, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 111K
Revenge (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: When Emily Thorne moves to the Hamptons, everyone wonders about the new girl, but she knows everything about them, including what they did to her family. Years ago, they took everything from her. Now, one by one, she's going to make them pay.
Style: twists and turns, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: high society, undercover, strong female character, vengeance, haunted by the past, hidden identity, pretense, dishonesty, millionaire, enemy, scheme, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.0
 40K
Cougar Town (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Jules Cobb is a mom in her forties facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life's next chapter. Along for the journey is her son, her ex-husband, her husband/neighbor and her friends who together make up her dysfunctional, ...
Style: light, humorous, sexual, sitcom, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: neighbor, small town life, looking for love, wine, middle aged, divorce, lifestyle, parents and children, supportive friend, ex husband ex wife relationship, parenthood, dating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.9
 29K
Good Girls (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Three "good girl" suburban wives and mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back.
Style: funny, feel good, captivating, ironic
Plot: female friendship, housewife, family relations, money laundering, convenience store robbery, female protagonist, criminal, husband wife relationship, grocery store, netflix, woman, mother daughter relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 8.9
 784K
Friends (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The misadventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.
Style: feel good, humorous, sitcom, witty, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, best friends, everyday life, group of friends, love and romance, friends, couple relations, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, looking for love, family relations, cafe, roommate ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 7.9
 101K
Weeds (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling cannabis to support her family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack. Over the ...
Style: humorous, witty, dark humor, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: marijuana, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, drug dealer, stoners, family life, single mother, suburbs, profanity, eccentric family, single parent, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.2
 30K
Parenthood (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Parenthood is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Jason Katims. Loosely based on the 1989 film of the same title, Parenthood tells of the Braverman clan which consists of an older couple, their four children and their families.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching
Plot: family life, family drama, family relations, single parent, marital problem, adolescence, couple relations, parenthood, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.9
 673
Out of Order (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: I suppose this is the story of the beauty and brutality of a long-term marriage as seen through the eyes of a writer who aspires to make art, but makes his living writing popcorn movies. Someone who wants to be a good man, but finds himself ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, dark humor, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, infidelity, love affair, family problems, unlikely couple, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, adultery, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Gooische Vrouwen (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gooische Vrouwen (Vipers Nest) is based on a very popular Dutch TV series and can be described as a Dutch variation of Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives. The film tells the story of four girlfriends who live in the bourgeois area ‘t Gooi, ...
Style: touching, semi serious, sexy, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dishonesty, lifestyle, couple relations, love and romance, friendship, love affair, family problems, family relations, couples, unfulfillment, strong female presence, best friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
Fortysomething (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Fortysomething is a 2003 British comedy-drama series, starring and directed by Hugh Laurie as Paul Slippery, a doctor facing a mid-life crisis. His wife Estelle is starting a new career as a headhunter. His three sons, Rory, a student at the ...
Style: realistic, semi serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family, middle aged man, midlife crisis, family relations, frustration, family life, family problems, parenthood, love and romance, depression, middle aged, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Private Practice (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Having left behind Seattle Grace Hospital, renowned surgeon Addison Forbes Montgomery moves to Los Angeles for sunnier weather and happier possibilities. She reunites with her friends from medical school, joining them at their chic, co-op, Oceanside ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: doctor, psychiatrist, treatment, friendship, hospital, workplace, romance, surgery, responsibility, best friends, doctors and patients, clinic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 7.0
 3K
Married (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Married is a half hour comedy about being miserably in love. Russ and Lina Bowman can barely remember what life was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance -- but every once in a while, in between the arguments about their ...
Style: humorous, light, feel good, captivating, not serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, couple relations, couples, family life, parents and children, family relations, friendship, love and romance, save the day, friends, sexual relations, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda are all married now, but they're still up for a little fun in the sun. When Samantha gets the chance to visit one of the most extravagant vacation destinations on the planet and offers to bring them all along, ...
Style: stylized, witty, realistic, romantic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: fashion, friendship, male objectification, battle of the sexes, couples, sexual relations, society, love and romance, lifestyle, vacation, travel, friendship between women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1986, 80s ...
Place: middle east, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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How I Met Your Mother (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan. As a framing device, Ted, in the year 2030, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, witty, sitcom, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, bar, dating, singleness, couple relations, looking for love, roommate, womanizer, architect, friends, group of friends, career ...
Time: 21st century, 2030s, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 24K
Nurse Jackie (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 27 min.
Story: Every day is a matter of life and death in a hectic New York City hospital, but for Nurse Jackie that's the easiest part. Between chronic back pain that won't quit, and a personal life on the constant edge of collapse, it's going to ...
Style: tragicomedy, cynical, semi serious, realistic, dark humor ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nurse, addiction, hospital, drugs/alcohol, doctors and patients, friendship, workplace situations, drug abuse, against the rules, staff, conflict, dysfunctional character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Tyler Perry's If Loving You Is Wrong (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Follow the relationships of a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street. While the neighbors come from very different backgrounds, their lives are similar – raising children, dealing with exes, worrying about money and ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, humorous
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love and romance, friendship, family relations, looking for love, starting over, couples, couple relations, family problems, parents and children, marriage, strong female presence, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 551
Windfall (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Windfall is a serial drama television series about a group of people in an unnamed small city who win almost $400,000,000 in a lottvery.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, serious
Plot: lottery, marital problem, family relations, single parent, couple relations, disorder, love triangle, couples, love and romance, family problems, youth, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 52K
Nip/Tuck (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Hotshot plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy experience full-blown midlife crises as they confront career, family and romance problems.
Style: realistic, stylized, disturbing, serious, witty ...
Plot: womanizer, family problems, plastic surgery, friendship, physical appearance, family relations, jealousy, ethics, doctor, therapy, doctors and patients, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
 3.6
 1K
Coupling (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television sitcom of the same title, which aired on NBC.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, romance, sexual relations, fall in love, infidelity, looking for love, best friends, love and romance, dishonesty, lifestyle, friends, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.4
 339K
Modern Family (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family. They give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.
Style: sitcom, humorous, realistic, cynical, not serious
Plot: family relations, parents and children, family life, everyday life, generation gap, marriage, couple relations, society, adoption, step parent, blended family, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, southern california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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