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; Miami in 2011; Potomac and Dallas in 2016. The subsequent installments have proven similarly successful, and have resulted in several spin-off series of their own.
International versions are broadcast by several television channels worldwide, including The Real Housewives of Athens and 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; The Real Housewives of Melbourne in 2014; and The Real Housewives of Cheshire 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||N/A||7|||
|The Real Housewives of Atlanta||RHOA||October 7, 2008||N/A||8|||
|The Real Housewives of New Jersey||RHONJ||May 12, 2009||N/A||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||6|||
|The Real Housewives of Miami||RHOM||February 22, 2011||November 4, 2013||3|||
|The Real Housewives of Potomac||RHOP||January 17, 2016||N/A||1|||
|The Real Housewives of Dallas||RHOD||2016||N/A||1|||
|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||N/A||Israel||Channel 10||October 24, 2011||July 24, 2013||3|
|Mulheres Ricas||N/A||Brazil||Rede Bandeirantes||January 2, 2012||March 11, 2013||2|||
|The Real Housewives of Vancouver||RHOV||Canada||Slice||April 4, 2012||April 9, 2013||2|
|Les Vraies Housewives||N/A||France||NT1||March 18, 2013||April 1, 2013||1|
|The Real Housewives of Melbourne||RHOMelbourne||Australia||Arena||February 23, 2014||N/A||3|
|Rica, Famosa, Latina||N/A||Mexico||Estrella TV||September 16, 2014||N/A||3|
|The Real Housewives of Cheshire||RHOCheshire||United Kingdom||ITVBe||January 12, 2015||N/A||2|||
||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||4|
||April 9, 2013||May 26, 2013||1|
|January 7, 2013||N/A||4|
||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||2|||
||May 17, 2015||June 7, 2015||1|||
||October 11, 2015||October 25, 2015||1|
||November 6, 2015||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.
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.
- Saturday Night Live parodied The Real Housewives on March 3 2012 with a sketch called Real Housewives of Disney guest starring Lindsey Lohan as Rapunzel. 
- 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 is a parody series that premiered on July 15, 2014 on the video streaming website Hulu. First season focuses on Orlando, Florida and the second focusing on Las Vegas. 
- In June 2015, Dirty Cues Productions produced the parody The Real Housewives of Westeros, combining the popular HBO show Game of Thrones with the Real Housewives franchise.
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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.
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- 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.
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- "Is 'Real Housewives of Miami' Returning?". Bravo. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
- Bentley, Jean (November 11, 2015). "Bravo Announces Two New Real Housewives Series, and You'll Never Guess One of the Cities". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Mulheres Ricas Site Oficial - O Programa". Retrieved October 2, 2015.
- "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.
- Bibel, Sara (April 16, 2015). "'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' 3-Part Reunion Begins Sunday, April 26 on Bravo". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
- 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
- "WATCH: Real Housewives Of South Boston". Huffington Post. October 17, 2011.
- "Lindsay Lohan’s ‘SNL’ Comeback Gets Mixed Reviews". MTV. Retrieved $1 $2. Check date values in:
- "Hulu's 'Hotwives Of Orlando' Trailer Is A Hot Mess". Huffington Post. January 10, 2014.
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