The Real Housewives

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The Real Housewives
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Genre Reality television
Format Docusoap
Distributor NBCUniversal
Original channel Bravo (United States)
Picture format

The Real Housewives is a reality television series, following the lives of affluent, bourgeois housewives and professional women in the suburban or urban areas of several American cities, with the suffix of the title taking on the name of that metropolitan region. The series airs on Bravo in the United States, on Slice in Canada, ITV2 in the United Kingdom, Arena in Australia, and various other broadcasters internationally.

The series' base concept and name are provided by the television series Desperate Housewives.[1] However, while the fictional series details the life of one suburban neighborhood, The Real Housewives features women that live in various areas in their respective regions, but still are close friends or in overlapping social circles as some of the women are antagonistic to each other. Despite its name, only some of the housewives are married. As the series expanded, a mixed group of divorcees and single mothers are introduced. While the subjects that are revolved around the show are usually trivial or taboo, the show has also included serious and more realistic issues, involving suicide, divorce, broken relationships, bankruptcy, infidelity, fraud, family feuding, alcoholism, eviction, deadbeat parents, and foreclosures.

The first Real Housewives series, The Real Housewives of Orange County, premiered in March 2006. Its executive producer and creator, Scott Dunlop, produces the original series and is affiliated with all United States versions. There are currently six versions of the series, airing at various times throughout the year: Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and Miami. As of January 2014, there are no additional Real Housewives cities planned within the United States.

The first four series entered weekday broadcast syndication in the majority of United States markets on September 13, 2010, with episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County.[2][3] The Real Housewives of Atlanta started airing episodes in the syndicated time slot on October 25, 2010; The Real Housewives of New York on November 29, 2010; and The Real Housewives of New Jersey on January 17, 2011. More episodes of Orange County and an encore of Atlanta finished off the season. However, the package was not renewed.

Domestic installments[edit]

Series Series premiere Series finale No. of seasons
Current housewives Former housewives
The Real Housewives of Orange County March 21, 2006 N/A 9
  • Kimberly Bryant (season 1)
  • Jo De La Rosa (seasons 1–2)
  • Lauri Peterson (seasons 1–4)
  • Jeana Keough (seasons 1–5)
  • Tammy Knickerbocker (seasons 2–3)
  • Quinn Fry (season 3)
  • Lynne Curtin (seasons 4–5)
  • Gretchen Rossi (season 4–8)
  • Alexis Bellino (season 5–8)
  • Peggy Tanous (season 6)
  • Lydia McLaughlin (season 8)
The Real Housewives of New York City March 4, 2008 6
  • Ramona Singer
  • Sonja Morgan (season 3–)
  • Aviva Drescher (season 5–)
  • Carole Radziwill (season 5–)
  • Heather Thomson (season 5–)
  • Kristen Taekman (season 6–)
The Real Housewives of Atlanta October 7, 2008 6
  • DeShawn Snow (season 1)
  • Lisa Wu-Hartwell (seasons 1–2)
  • Shereè Whitfield (seasons 1–4)
  • Kim Zolciak (seasons 1–5)
The Real Housewives of New Jersey May 12, 2009 5
The Real Housewives of D.C. August 5, 2010 October 21, 2010 1 N/A
  • Catherine Ommanney
  • Lynda Erkiletian
  • Mary Schmidt Amons
  • Michaele Salahi
  • Stacie Scott Turner
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills October 14, 2010 N/A 4
The Real Housewives of Miami February 22, 2011 3
  • Adriana De Moura
  • Lea Black
  • Alexia Echevarria (season 1; 3–)
  • Lisa Hochstein (season 2–)
  • Joanna Krupa (season 2–)
  • Larsa Pippen (season 1)
  • Cristy Rice (season 1)
  • Marysol Patton (seasons 1–2)
  • Karent Sierra (season 2)
  • Ana Quincocoes (season 2)

International installments[edit]

Series Premiere Date TV channel No. of seasons Current Housewives Friends of the Housewives Former Housewives Former Friends of the Housewives
The Real Housewives of Vancouver April 2, 2012 Slice 2 (finished airing) Jody Claman, Ronnie Seterdahl-Negus, Mary Zilba, Amanda Hansen, Ioulia Reynolds, Robin Richmond-Reichman Mia Claman Christina Kiesel, Reiko MacKenzie Marika Palmer
Les Vraies Housewives
March 18, 2013[4][5] NT1 1 (finished airing) Soumaya Aakaboune, Natalie Wizman, Christina Amrani, Karine Kaplan, Christine Snider-Decroix
The Real Housewives of Melbourne[6][7][8] 2014[9] Arena 1 (currently airing)[9] Andrea Moss,[9] Gina Liano,[9] Jackie Gillies,[9] Chyka Keebaugh,[9] Janet Roach,[9] Lydia Schiavello[9] TBA TBA TBA
The Real Housewives of Athens March 4, 2011 ANT1 1 Ioanna Soulioti, Orthoula Papadakou, Annita Nathanail, Christina Papa, Joe Satratzemi Togou, Fofi Mastrokosta


Series Premiere date No. of seasons City Starring
Date My Ex July 21, 2008 1 Orange County Jo De La Rosa
Bethenny Ever After June 10, 2010 3 New York City Bethenny Frankel
Boys to Manzo
(web series)
May 30, 2011 1 New Jersey Albie Manzo, Chris Manzo, Greg Bennett
The Kandi Factory March 4, 2012 1 Atlanta Kandi Burruss
Don't Be Tardy... April 26, 2012 2 Atlanta Kim Zolciak
Havana Elsa
(web series)
September 13, 2012 1 Miami Elsa Patton
Vanderpump Rules January 7, 2013 2 Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump
Tamra's OC Wedding[10] September 2, 2013[10] 1 Orange County Tamra Barney
I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding September 17, 2013[11] 1 Atlanta NeNe Leakes
Manzo'd with Children TBA 1 New Jersey Caroline Manzo


In July 2012, Bravo released a social networking video game version of The Real Housewives of New York City titled Real Housewives: The Game. The game, now discontinued, was accessed as a Facebook application.Every week after a new episode airs on TV, a new story was available on the game.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Meet Bravo’s Real Housewives". Multichannel News. January 5, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2010. "Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick said in a prepared statement: “From Peyton Place to Desperate Housewives, viewers have been riveted by the fictionalized versions of such lifestyles on television. Now, here is a series that depicts real-life ‘desperate’ housewives with an authentic look at their compelling day-to-day drama.”" 
  2. ^ Berman, Marc (October 12, 2009). "'Real Housewives' head to off-net syndication". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Watch "The Real Housewives" Drama Unfold from the Very Beginning in National Syndication on September 13". The Futon Critic. September 9, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Real Housewives Invading France? Mais Oui!". E!. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Les "vraies Housewives" arrivent sur NT1. Vous allez aimer les détester ?". Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Real Housewives to film in Melbourne". April 29, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Foxtel launches 2013 programming". TV Tonight. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Foxtel commissions The Real Housewives of Australia". TV Tonight. November 8, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Real Housewives Of Melbourne' Revealed, Catch Phrases Suggested". Pedestrian. July 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (June 10, 2013). "'Tamra's OC Wedding' to Premiere Monday, September 2 on BRAVO". TV by the Numbers. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 17, 2013). "Atlanta Takes Over Tuesdays As Bravo Premieres 'The New Atlanta' Immediately Following 'I Dream of Nene: The Wedding' on September 17". TV by the Numbers. 
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  13. ^ "Real Housewives: The Game". Retrieved August 7, 2012. 

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