|Created by||Shaunie O'Neal|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||61|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Shed Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||April 11, 2010– present|
|Followed by||Basketball Wives LA|
|Related shows||Ev and Ocho|
Basketball Wives is an American reality television series that premiered April 11, 2010 on VH1. It chronicles the lives of a group of women who have all been somehow romantically linked to professional basketball players. Contrary to "Wives" being 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. 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 demographic, reaching 1.6 million total viewers. The Season 2 finale brought in 2.28 million viewers, with the third season premiere attracting 1.82 million viewers. The fifth season debut acquired 2.39 million viewers.
Basketball Wives spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff, Basketball Wives LA, that premiered in 2011, featuring former cast member Gloria Govan. Ev and Ocho was to be the second spinoff of Basketball Wives, but was shelved due to Chad Johnson being arrested in August 2012 on a domestic violence charge for assaulting Evelyn Lozada.
Basketball Wives debuted on April 11, 2010, with thirty minute episodes. The second season premiered on December 12, 2010, with expanded sixty minute episodes and featured new cast member Tami Roman. Season 3 made its debut on May 30, 2011, with new cast member Meeka Claxton. The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012, with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols and the departure of Claxton. The fifth season premiered on August 19, 2013, with Tasha Marbury joining the cast.
As of season 5
- Shaunie O'Neal (from Season 1), ex-wife of Shaquille O'Neal
- Evelyn Lozada (from Season 1), ex-fiancée of Antoine Walker, ex-wife of Chad Johnson, and fiancée of Carl Crawford
- Suzie Ketcham (from Season 1), ex-girlfriend of Michael Olowokandi
- Tami Roman (from Season 2), ex-wife of Kenny Anderson
- Tasha Marbury (from Season 5), wife of Stephon Marbury
- Gloria Govan (Season 1), wife of Matt Barnes
- Jennifer Williams (Seasons 1-4), ex-wife of Eric Williams
- Royce Reed (Seasons 1-4), ex-girlfriend of Dwight Howard
- Meeka Claxton (Season 3), wife of Speedy Claxton
- Kesha Nichols (Season 4), ex-fiancée of Richard Jefferson
- Kenya Bell (Season 4), wife of Charlie Bell
- Eric Williams (Seasons 1-3)
- Nia Crooks (Seasons 1 and 4)
- Ashley Walker (Seasons 2-3)
- Kim Russell (Season 2)
- Juli Richmond (Season 2)
|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
|5||10||August 19, 2013||October 21, 2013||N/A|
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