Big Ang

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Angela Raiola
Big Ang logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Creative director(s) Salana Rodriguez
Starring Angela "Big Ang" Raiola
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s)
  • Banks Tarver
  • Ben Silverman
  • Bob Weinstein
  • David Glasser
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Jeff Olde
  • Jennifer Graziano
  • Jimmy
  • Ken Druckerman
  • Meryl Poster
  • Nina L. Diaz
  • Shelly Tatro
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 21 to 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network VH1
Picture format 1080p (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release July 8 (2012-07-08) – September 2, 2012 (2012-09-02)
Followed by Miami Monkey
Related shows Mob Wives
External links

Big Ang was an American reality television series starring Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, who first received television exposure on the second season of the reality series Mob Wives.

Production history[edit]

Big Ang is a spinoff of Mob Wives. It premiered July 8, 2012, on VH1.[1]

Raiola confirmed during an interview in May 2013 that a second season of Big Ang was being produced,[2] but it was later revealed that the season would be retooled as another spin-off titled Miami Monkey, which premiered on September 8, 2013.[3]

On February 16, 2016 Big Ang was featured in a Dr. Oz special focused specifically on her and the issue of her illness. Raiola died on February 18, 2016 at the age of 55 after a struggle with brain and lung cancer. Raiola also appeared in the final season of Mob Wives, which was produced before her death.[4]



  • Angela "Big Ang" Raiola
  • Neil Murphy — her husband
  • Anthony "A.J." D'Onofrio — her son
  • Janine — her sister
  • Dominick — her brother-in law/Janine's husband
  • Linda Torres — her friend
  • Lil' Jenn — her friend
  • Lil' Louis — her dog


  • Drita D’Avanzo
  • Renee Graziano
  • Liv Kingstonn


Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 10 July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08) September 2, 2012 (2012-09-02)

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
00"Big Ang Trailer"June 25, 2012 (2012-06-25)1.53[5]
A preview episode of what's included in the first season of Big Ang.
11"Big Shots"July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08)0.67[6]
After five years of running the bar Drunken Monkey, Ang has given the bar a facelift to draw a younger crowd. In preparation for her "re-grand opening" she hires a group of sexy young men to serve shots, and recruits her friends Linda and Jen and her sister Janine to help with the event. Meanwhile, Ang entertains an unexpected proposal from her estranged husband, Neil.
22"Big House"July 15, 2012 (2012-07-15)0.60[7]
After a heart-attack scare, Ang quits drinking and smoking cold-turkey to attempt a healthier lifestyle. She gives Neil a "third chance" and lets him move back in, but second-guesses her decision when he arrives with a truckload of boxes. Needing more room she and Janine make an offer on a house containing a spa, a palm tree by the pool, and a stage in the living room.
33"Big Dogs"July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22)0.60[8]
Ang enters her dog Lil' Louie in a dog show, and has a housewarming party after moving into her new home.
44"Big Spender"July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29)0.54[9]
Big Ang and her friends have a vacation in Florida and Angela will try anything to get a condo.
55"Big Bust"August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)0.71[10]
It's time for the annual Drunken Monkey trip to Atlantic City! Big Ang leads a bus full of her patrons, bar staff and friends down to AC for a day of gambling, drinking and dirty dancing.
66"Big Time"August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)0.69[11]
Big Ang's son AJ is released from jail and finally grants his mom's wish by moving back home, along with his rambunctious pit bull, Kilo.
77"Big Surprise"August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)0.60[12]
Big Ang's birthday is just days apart from Linda and Janine's birthdays, which usually means one week a year is packed with parties. But this year Ang decides to celebrate a little differently.
88"Big Ink"August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)0.67[13]
Big Ang and Neil head to get tattoos and Neil gets a very surprising tattoo on his calf.
99"Big Pride"August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)0.75[13]
Big Ang and friends head to the gay pride event in New York City. At this event, Big Ang thinks up a big idea which is sure to be a success.
1010"Big Finale"September 2, 2012 (2012-09-02)0.63[14]
In the Season 1 finale, Big Ang opens her salon and has a party for AJ.


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 21, 2012). "VH1 Doing Big Things With 'Big Ang'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ullman, Whitney (May 22, 2013). "Big Ang: 'Marriage is overrated,' and other words of wisdom from the Mob Wives star". New Jersey Online. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Black, Elizabeth (August 1, 2013). "Get Ready, Big Ang Is About To Take Miami By Storm With Miami Monkey". VH1 Blog (Press release). Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Katie (February 19, 2016). "Angela Raiola, 'Big Ang' of TV's 'Mob Wives,' Dies at 55". New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
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