The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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The Real Housewives of
Beverly Hills
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 109 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Alex Baskin
  • Dave Rupel
  • Douglas Ross
  • Christopher Cullen
  • Toni Gallagher
  • Christopher Cullen
  • Anthony McLemore
  • Ken Schoech
  • Kimberly Goodman
  • Juile Murphy
  • Sally-Anne King
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production company(s) Evolution Media
Original channel Bravo
Picture format
Original release October 14, 2010 (2010-10-14) – present
Preceded by The Real Housewives of D.C.
Followed by The Real Housewives of Miami
Related shows Vanderpump Rules
External links

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (abbreviated RHOBH) is an American reality television series that premiered on October 14, 2010 on Bravo. Developed as the sixth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, and D.C., it has aired five complete seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Los Angeles, California.[1]

The series originally focused on Taylor Armstrong, Camille Grammer, Adrienne Maloof, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, and Lisa Vanderpump. Grammer transitioned into a recurring role beginning in the third season and was replaced by Brandi Glanville, who was upgraded, and newcomer Yolanda Foster. Armstrong and Maloof departed the series at the conclusion of the third season; Joyce Giraud de Ohoven and Carlton Gebbia were introduced in their absences during the fourth season. Gebbia and Giraud de Ohoven departed the series at the conclusion of the fourth season and were replaced by Eileen Davison and Lisa Rinna in the fifth season.

In April 2014, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was renewed for a fifth season, which premiered on November 18, 2014.

Overview and casting[edit]

The main housewives of season five, from left: Kim Richards, Brandi Gianville, Eileen Davidson, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster, Lisa Rinna and Kyle Richards.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was announced in March 2010 as the sixth installment in the network's The Real Housewives franchise.[2] The cast was announced on August 31, 2010, with former child actresses (and Paris Hilton's aunts[3]) Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, heiress/businesswoman Adrienne Maloof, restaurant-owner and entrepreneur Lisa Vanderpump, Camille Grammer, who is the former wife of actor Kelsey Grammer, and Taylor Armstrong.[4][5][6][7] Season 1 premiered on October 14, 2010, scoring over 1.5 million viewers[8] and the series' ratings continued to grow, attracting 3.7 million viewers between the 9 pm and 10 pm airings for the January 13, 2011 episode, making it the number one telecast among adults 18–49 versus all cable competition in the time slot.[9] The January 20, 2011, finale became the highest-rated Season 1 episode with 4.2 million when combined with multiple evening reruns.[10] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' first season ranked as the second highest rated first season series of the Real Housewives franchise ever in all demographics, averaging 2.42 million total viewers and 1.71 million adults 18–49.[11] The series also received a 2011 Critics Choice Award for best reality series.[11]

The series' second season renewal was announced in March 2011,[12] with the premiere on September 5, 2011.[11] The entire season one cast returned, with Brandi Glanville and Dana Wilkey introduced to the series as a "Friends of the Housewives".[13][14] Camille Grammer left the main cast of the series after season two. The second season was re-edited after the death of Taylor Armstrong's husband, Russell, who committed suicide on August 15, 2011.[15][16]

The third season premiere aired on November 5, 2012. Brandi Glanville was upgraded to main housewife, and Yolanda Foster was added to the series. Marisa Zanuck was introduced as "Friends of the Housewives", and Camille Grammer held the same title.[17] Faye Resnick officially joined the show as a "Friend of the Housewives" mid-season.[18] Ratings for season 3 decreased from previous seasons. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills hit a season high of 2.35 million viewers and a 1.1 rating (18–49 aged viewers) on November 26, 2012,[19] then plunged by 34% to a two-season low on March 11, 2013 with 1.56 million viewers and a 0.7 18–49 rating.[20]

The series was officially renewed for a fourth season on April 2, 2013.[21] Kyle Richards, Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville, Lisa Vanderpump, Yolanda Foster all returned. Adrienne Maloof did not return to the series for the fourth season, nor did she attend the season three reunion that was filmed March 1, 2013.[22] Camille Grammer and Faye Resnick did not appear at all.[23][24][25] Marisa Zanuck later revealed that producers did not ask her to return for the fourth season.[26] TMZ posted a video of musician Rod Stewart stating that his wife, Penny Lancaster, turned down an offer from Bravo to be a part of the cast for the fourth season. Speculation began in April 2013 that Lisa Rinna would be joining the series for the fourth season, but a representative for Bravo stated that — at the time — there was "no truth" to the story.[27][28] E! News confirmed that Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud de Ohoven had joined the cast as main housewives while Taylor Armstrong had been demoted to a guest role.[29] The fourth season premiered on November 4, 2013.[30] The ratings dropped considerably during the season, with its finale being the lowest rated in the show's history.[31][32]

The fifth season renewal of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was announced in April 2014.[33] On May 28, 2014, it was reported that both Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia will not be returning for the upcoming season.[34] The fifth season began filming on June 20, 2014, with Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Kim and Kyle Richards, and Yolanda Foster returning.[35][36] By July 2014, it was reported that Rinna had signed on for the fifth season,[37][38][39][40] together with another Days of Our Lives alum, Eileen Davidson.[41] In addition, original housewives Maloof, Grammer and Armstrong were all reportedly returning to the series for multiple appearances.[42][43] The fifth season premiered on November 18, 2014.[44]

Timeline of housewives[edit]

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Current main housewives
Lisa Vanderpump Main
Kim Richards Main
Kyle Richards Main
Brandi Glanville Friend Main
Yolanda Foster Main
Lisa Rinna Main
Eileen Davidson Main
Former main housewives
Taylor Armstrong Main Guest
Adrienne Maloof Main Guest
Camille Grammer Main Friend Guest
Carlton Gebbia Main
Joyce Giraud Main
Friends of the housewives
Dana Wilkey Guest Friend Guest
Faye Resnick Guest Friend Guest
Marisa Zanuck Friend


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 17 October 14, 2010 January 20, 2011
2 24 September 5, 2011 January 23, 2012
3 22 November 5, 2012 April 8, 2013
4 23 November 4, 2013 April 7, 2014
5 23 November 18, 2014 April 21, 2015


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