|Created by||Shaunie O'Neal|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||78|
|Production company(s)||Shed Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||Original series:
April 11, 2010 – October 21, 2013
April 17, 2017 – present
|Followed by||Basketball Wives LA|
|Related shows||Ev and Ocho
Shaunie's Home Court
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 are the wives and girlfriends, or have been romantically linked to, professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association, though the title of the series does not make this differentiation, solely referring to the women as "wives". For the first five seasons, the show was filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City.
Basketball Wives spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff, Basketball Wives LA, which premiered in 2011. VH1 announced the original series would return after a five year hiatus with its sixth season premiered on April 17, 2017. The setting of the show has relocated to Los Angeles, effectively combining the casts of the original series and Basketball Wives LA.
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. According to a tweet from Tami Roman after the fifth season, the show has been quietly though officially canceled at that time.
On March 27, 2017, VH1 announced on April 17 that the series would be returning after nearly four years off-air, with Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie and Malaysia Pargo returning to the franchise. Keonna Green, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Cristen Metoyer and Aja Metoyer joined the cast as recurring cast members. Brandi Maxiell, Elena Ahanzadeh and Saniy'yah Samaa also joined the series as recurring cast members. Hazel Renee joined the series as a recurring cast member halfway through filming the sixth season, as well as Jennifer Williams, who was a cast member on the show from seasons 1–4.
Overview and casting
The series would star Former Dancer Royce Reed, Suzie Ketcham ex-wife of Michael Olowokandi, Gloria Govan ex-wife of Matt Barnes, Jennifer Williams ex-wife of Eric Williams, Evelyn Lozada ex-fiancée of Antoine Walker, and Shaunie O'Neal ex-wife of Shaquille O'Neal. As well as Erika Moxam joining the supporting cast.
With the exception of Claxton, all main cast members from the previous season returned for season four, including Kesha Nichols and Kenya Bell.
The cast underwent a major cast change for the first time in the show's history for season five, with only Ketcham, Roman, Lozada and O'Neal returning from last season's main cast. They were joined by Tasha Marbury, wife of Stephon Marbury. Bell was demoted to the supporting cast.
The cast underwent a major cast change for the second time in the show's history for season six, with only Roman, Lozada and O'Neal returning from previous season's main cast. They were joined by Jackie Christie wife of Doug Christie and Malaysia Pargo ex-wife of Jannero Pargo. With Bonnie-Jill Laflin first and only female scout, Sisters Aja and Christen Metoyer, Keonna Green girlfriend of Nick Young, Elena Ahanzadeh, Brandi Maxiell wife of Jason Maxiell, Saniy'yah Samaa celebrity stylist, Hazel Renee, and former main cast member Jennifer Williams as supporting cast members.
Timeline of main cast members
|Season||Episodes||Season Premiere||Season Finale||Reunion||Viewers(millions)|
|1||9||April 11, 2010||May 30, 2010||June 20, 2010||1.58|
|2||12||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||2.39|
|6||17||April 17, 2017||August 7, 2017||August 14, 2017||2.25|
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- "The Women of "Basketball Wives" Return for a Second Season on VH1". The Futon Critic. November 18, 2010.
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- "VH1 Heads Into the Fourth Season of "Basketball Wives"". The Futon Critic. December 6, 2011.
- "August Gets Even Hotter with the Return of VH1's Scorching Fan Favorites". The Futon Critic. July 17, 2013.
- "Tami Roman confirmed 'Basketball Wives' cancellation? It has been confirmed by vh1 and Shaunie O'Neal that the Miami Wives will return with an all-new revamped cast and one original member". July 29, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-10-31.
- "Basically An All-Star Season: Evelyn, Tami, Shaunie, Jackie, and Malaysia All Return for Season Six of Basketball Wives". VH1. March 27, 2017.
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