The Real Housewives
|The Real Housewives|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||41–44 minutes|
The Real Housewives is an American media franchise consisting of several reality television series broadcast on Bravo; they document the lives of several affluent housewives residing in varying regions throughout the United States. The first version The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006; its success resulted in spin-off series located in New York City and Atlanta in 2008; New Jersey in 2009; Washington, D.C. and Beverly Hills in 2010; and Miami in 2011.
The subsequent installments have proven similarly successful, and have resulted in several spin-off series of their own. As of February 2014, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the highest-rated installment of The Real Housewives franchise, and is additionally the most-watched series airing on Bravo. International versions are broadcast by several television channels worldwide; the first version The Real Housewives of Athens premiered in 2011, and was followed by Me'usharot (The Real Housewives of Israel) in 2011, The Real Housewives of Vancouver in 2012, Les Vraies Housewives (The Real French Housewives of Hollywood) in 2013, and The Real Housewives of Melbourne in 2014. England's version, The Real Housewives of Cheshire is set to premiere in 2015.
The Real Housewives was first announced as one of six reality television series ordered by the American television channel Bravo in May 2005. It was inspired by the scripted soap operas Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place, and would document the lives of upper-class women who "lead glamorous lives in a picturesque Southern California gated community where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes." The series was renamed The Real Housewives of Orange County in January 2006, and premiered on March 21.
In September 2007, Bravo confirmed the production of the series Manhattan Moms, which would "[follow] an eclectic group of Gotham socialites and their families." However, it was renamed The Real Housewives of New York City in January 2008, becoming the first spin-off from The Real Housewives franchise; it premiered on March 4. The third spin-off The Real Housewives of Atlanta was announced in June, and premiered on October 7. The fourth spin-off The Real Housewives of New Jersey was mentioned in May 2008 before the confirmation of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, although it premiered afterwards on May 12, 2009. The Real Housewives of D.C. was introduced as the fifth spin-off in October 2009, and premiered on August 5, 2010 and ended on October 21, 2010.
|Series||Abbrev.||Series premiere||Series finale||No. of
|The Real Housewives of Orange County||RHOC||March 21, 2006||N/A||10|||
|The Real Housewives of New York City||RHONY||March 4, 2008||7|||
|The Real Housewives of Atlanta||RHOA||October 7, 2008||7|||
|The Real Housewives of New Jersey||RHONJ||May 12, 2009||6|||
|The Real Housewives of D.C.||RHODC||August 5, 2010||October 21, 2010||1|||
|The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||RHOBH||October 14, 2010||N/A||5|||
|The Real Housewives of Miami||RHOM||February 22, 2011||November 4, 2013||3|||
|Series||Abbrev.||Country||Broadcaster||Series premiere||Series finale||No. of
|The Real Housewives of Athens||RHOAthens||Greece||ANT1||March 4, 2011||June 27, 2011||1|
|Me'usharot (The Real Housewives of Israel)||N/A||Israel||Channel 10||October 24, 2011||N/A||3|
|The Real Housewives of Vancouver||RHOV||Canada||Slice||April 2, 2012||June 6, 2013||2|
|Les Vraies Housewives (The Real French Housewives of Hollywood)||N/A||France||NT1||March 18, 2013||N/A||1|
|The Real Housewives of Melbourne||RHOMelbourne||Australia||Arena||February 23, 2014||2|
|The Real Housewives of Cheshire||RHOCheshire||United Kingdom||ITVBe||January 12, 2015||1|||
||Series premiere||Series finale||No. of
|July 21, 2008||September 8, 2008||1|
|June 10, 2010||May 28, 2012||3|
|April 26, 2012||N/A||3|
||April 9, 2013||May 26, 2013||1|
|January 7, 2013||N/A||3|
||September 2, 2013||September 16, 2013||1|
||September 17, 2013||October 27, 2013||1|
||June 1, 2014||July 6, 2014||1|||
|October 5, 2014||N/A||1|||
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. 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.
The Real Housewives franchise is a pattern for each city that the different women live in Each season ends with a capstone series reunion with Bravo personality and show producer, Andy Cohen. All the women are brought together with Cohen to discuss everything that had gone on during the season. Behind-the-scenes footage is shown and the housewives get a chance to defend/explain any behaviors or fights that had happened on the show. These are notorious for fighting between the women (both verbally and physically.) Historically, husbands of the housewives have been brought into add to the drama. Though this reunion's purpose is to tie up the lose ends from the season, in reality it usually fuels more fights and creates more excitement and a preview for the next season. Housewives have even been absent from the invite list if the producers feel they do not bring enough drama to the table. Since the beginning of the Real Housewife Series these reunions have escalated. They now have assigned seats, and are not allowed to move from them. Extra security is also hired in order to prevent injury. Producers gave the women the ultimatum that if they begin to get violent, they will be forced to leave.
Some controversy has followed the show. Just before season the premier of season 2 on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, one of the housewives husbands committed suicide after being portrayed as an unloving, money hungry, and sometimes even violent husband.  This is an extreme case that shows how much the show effects the lives of the people that participate in it. Divorce has been prevalent in each of the series, and pregnancies leaked. Fame has risen for each of the housewives as result of their involvement in the franchise. This fame has affected the housewives and their families with a lot of negative press attention. Some housewives however, have taken the franchise and turned it into success. Bethenny Frankel started her own line of skinny girl cocktails. Jill Zaren helped market and popularize her fabric store, Zaren Fabrics. The fame that the show brought many housewives may have ruined their personal lives, but created pretty successful business lives and lots of profit. The show profits off of their personal issues as well.
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 aired on TV, a new story was available on the game.
The Real Housewives franchise has been parodied in television and film.
- The 30 Rock episodes "Queen of Jordan" and "Queen of Jordan 2: Mystery of the Phantom Pooper" were done in the style of a fictional reality show called Queen of Jordan which parodied several personalities and events of The Real Housewives franchise, particularly The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The episode "Idiots Are People Three!" also featured Denise Richards parodying LuAnn de Lesseps's song "Chic, C'est La Vie" as "Ja'dore La Piscine".
- The Real Housewives of South Boston is a YouTube parody series created by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs in October 2011.
- The Real Husbands of Hollywood is a BET parody series created by Kevin Hart that premiered at the 2012 BET Awards show.
- In the 2013 film The Best Man Holiday, Melissa De Sousa's character "Shelby" is shown as a star of the fictional reality show The Real Housewives of Westchester.
- In February 2014, Michael Kulich produced a pornographic film called The Real Housewives of Westport featuring Nina Hartley.
- The Hotwives of Orlando is a parody series that premiered on July 15, 2014 on the video streaming website Hulu.
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- "Bravo Starts Production on New Docu-Drama 'Manhattan Moms'". The Futon Critic. September 20, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Bravo Announces New Series "The Real Housewives of New York City"". The Futon Critic. January 14, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Bravo's Hit Franchise Docu-Series "The Real Housewives" Heads South for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"". The Futon Critic. June 26, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Bravo's Original Series Deliver Record-Breaking Ratings, Again". The Futon Critic. July 31, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Bravo Expands Production and Development Teams". The Futon Critic. May 21, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- Morrissey, Tracie Egan (May 13, 2009). "Real Housewives Of New Jersey Premiere: Spying, Fighting, And Gold Digging". Jezebel. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Bravo Announces Series Pickups for "The Real Housewives of D.C." and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"". The Futon Critic. October 6, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- Tucker, Ken (August 5, 2010). "'The Real Housewives of D.C.' premiere: Housewives desperate. Very desperate.". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
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- "Real Housewives of New York City, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Real Housewives of Atlanta, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Real Housewives of New Jersey, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Real Housewives of DC, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Real Housewives of Miami, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
- "Baby Wears Prada and The Real Housewives of Cheshire to launch new channel ITVBe". RadioTimes. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
- Bibel, Sara (April 29, 2014). "'Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding', 'Ladies of London', 'Untying the Knot' & 'Million Dollar Listing Miami' to Premiere in June on Bravo". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- Bibel, Sara (August 21, 2014). "'Manzo'd With Children' to Premiere Sunday, October 5 on Bravo". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved August 21, 2014.
- Berman, Marc (October 12, 2009). "'Real Housewives' head to off-net syndication". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- "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.
- "Real Housewives: The Game". BravoTV.com. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
- Sepinwall, Alan (March 18, 2011). "Review: '30 Rock' - 'Queen of Jordan': Reality killed the comedy star?". HitFix. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
- Denise Richards’ ‘La Piscine’ Is A Hilarious Jab At Countess LuAnn De Lesseps
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