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|Created by||Shaunie O'Neal|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Running time||44 minutes
|Production company(s)||Shed Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||April 11, 2010– present|
|Related shows||Basketball Wives LA|
Basketball Wives is an American reality television series that premiered April 11, 2010 on VH1. The series follows the lives of a group of women who have all been somehow romantically linked to professional basketball players. Despite "Wives" in the title, some of the women aren't married. The show is filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City.
Basketball Wives debuted on April 11, 2010, with thirty minute episodes. The second season premiered on December 12, 2010, with expanded sixty minute episode and features new cast member, Tami Roman. Season three made its debut on May 30, 2011 with new cast member, Meeka Claxton.The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012 at its original time 8/7c with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols and the departure of Claxton.Shaunie made changes to the cast by firing Kesha Royce and Jennifer. The fifth season is set to air on VH1 in August 2013 with one new confirmed cast member Tasha Mabury.
- Shaunie O'Neal (Season 1 - Present), Ex-Wife of Shaquille O'Neal
- Evelyn Lozada (Season 1 - Present), Ex-Fiancee of Antoine Walker and Ex-wife of Chad Johnson
- Suzie Ketcham (Season 1 - Present), Ex-Girlfriend of Michael Olowokandi
- Tami Roman (Season 2 - Present), Ex-Wife of Kenny Anderson
- Kenya Bell (Season 4- Present), Wife of Charlie Bell
- Gloria Govan (Seasons 1), Wife of Matt Barnes
- Meeka Claxton (Season 3), Wife of Speedy Claxton
- Jennifer Williams (Seasons 1-4), Ex-Wife of Eric Williams
- Royce Reed (Seasons 1-4), Ex-Girlfriend of Dwight Howard
- Kesha Nichols (Season 4), Ex-Fiancee of Richard Jefferson
- Eric Williams (Seasons 1-3)
- Ashley Walker (Seasons 2-3)
- Kim Russell (Season 2)
- Juli Richmond (Season 2)
- Nia Crooks (Seasons 1 and 4)
Series overview 
|Season||Episodes||Season Premiere||Season Finale||Reunion|
|1||9||April 11, 2010||May 30, 2010||June 20, 2010|
|2||13||December 12, 2010||March 6, 2011||March 13, 2011
March 14, 2011
|3||12||May 30, 2011||August 8, 2011||August 15, 2011
August 22, 2011
|4||17||February 20, 2012||May 28, 2012||June 4, 2012
June 11, 2012
The show premiered alongside the new series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business and What Chilli Wants averaging a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo, reaching 1.6 million total viewers.Basketball Wives Season 2 finale bought in 2.28 million viewers. Basketball Wives Season 3 premiered and attracted 1.82 million viewers. Episode 8, brought in 4.568 million viewers in the initial 8 pm EST airing. Part 2 of the Basketball Wives reunion took in 2.873 million viewers on the premiere.
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