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The Real Housewives of
New Jersey
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 148 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Rebecca Toth Diefenbach
  • Valerie Haselton
  • Lucilla D'Agostino
  • Jim Fraenkel
  • Omid Kahangi
  • Caroline Self
  • Andy Cohen
  • Tess Gamboa Meyers
  • Amy Kohn
  • Luke Neslage
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production company(s) Sirens Media
Original network Bravo
Picture format
Original release May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12) – present (present)
Preceded by The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Followed by The Real Housewives of D.C.
Related shows
External links

The Real Housewives of New Jersey (abbreviated RHONJ) is an American reality television series that premiered on May 12, 2009 on Bravo. Developed as the fourth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, and Atlanta, it has aired eight seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in New Jersey.

The series originally focused on Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Danielle Staub. The cast currently consists of Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, and Margaret Josephs. Of the original housewives, Dina Manzo left during production of the second season before returning for the sixth and departing again afterward; Staub left after the second season before returning in a recurring capacity in the eighth; Caroline Manzo left after the fifth; and Laurita was reduced to a recurring capacity during the sixth, then returned to being a full time cast member in the seventh and departing again afterward. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Gorga in the third, Catania in the seventh and Josephs in the eighth. Other housewives include Kathy Wakile (season 3–5), Teresa Aprea (season 6), Amber Marchese (season 6), Nicole Napolitano (season 6), and Siggy Flicker (season 7-8).

The success of the show has resulted in the conceptions of the spin-offs Manzo'd with Children and Teresa Checks In.

Overview and casting

Danielle Staub appeared in the first two seasons as a main cast member, and as a friend of the housewives in the eighth season.
Teresa Giudice has appeared in all eight seasons as a main cast member.
Melissa Gorga has appeared as a cast member from seasons three to eight, and a guest in the second.
Siggy Flicker appeared as a cast member in the seventh and eighth seasons.

Season 1–5

The Real Housewives of New Jersey was announced when Bravo released its 2008–09 programming on April 15, 2008.[1] The first season premiered on May 12, 2009, and starred Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub. For the first time in the franchise, the series followed housewives who are related to one another: sisters Caroline and Dina are married to brothers Albert and Tommy Manzo, and Jacqueline Laurita is married to Caroline and Dina's brother, Chris Laurita.[2] Dina and Tommy Manzo would later end up separated.[3][4] The second season premiered on May 3, 2010, with Dina Manzo departing the series after the seventh episode.[5] Staub left the show after the second season.[6]

The third season premiered on May 16, 2011, with new housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile.[7] It delivered the highest rated season premiere in the network's history and the highest rated season premiere in The Real Housewives franchise at the time.[8] The fourth season premiered on April 22, 2012.[9] While the fifth season premiered on June 2, 2013.[10] Kim DePaola[11] joined the fifth season as a "friend of the Housewives".[12] Caroline Manzo and Laurita left the show after the fifth season.[13][14]

Season 6–present

The sixth season premiered on July 13, 2014.[15] It featured the return of Dina Manzo and new housewives Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano.[15][16] Wakile and Laurita were demoted to a recurring role.[17][18] Marchese and Dina Manzo left the show after the sixth season.[19][20]

Laurita returned as a full time housewife in the seventh season which premiered on July 10, 2016.[21] The season also featured Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker as new cast members. While Wakile and Rosie Pierri appeared in a recurring capacity.[22] DePaola, Aprea and Napolitano also appeared as guests.[23][24] After the seventh season, Laurita and Wakile departed the show.[25][26]

The eighth season premiered on October 4, 2017, with Margaret Josephs joining the show. Staub returned in a "friend of" capacity and DePaola returned in a guest capacity.[27] Flicker left the show during the season's airing.[28]

Timeline of housewives

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Teresa Giudice Main
Jacqueline Laurita Main Friend Main
Caroline Manzo Main
Dina Manzo Main Guest Main
Danielle Staub Main Friend
Melissa Gorga Guest Main
Kathy Wakile Guest Main Friend
Teresa Aprea Main Guest
Nicole Napolitano Main Guest
Amber Marchese Main
Dolores Catania Guest Guest Main
Siggy Flicker Main
Margaret Josephs Main
Friends of the housewives
Kim Granatell Friend Guest
Kim DePaola Guest Friend Guest
Rosie Pierri Guest Friend


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12) July 9, 2009 (2009-07-09)
2 18 May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03) September 6, 2010 (2010-09-06)
3 21 May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16) October 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
4 24 April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22) October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
5 22 June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02) October 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)
6 19 July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20)
7 18 July 10, 2016 (2016-07-10) November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
8 16 October 4, 2017 (2017-10-04) January 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)


The series' success has resulted in a development of multiple spin-off series. Caroline Manzo's children Albie and Chris had a web series spin-off alongside their roommate and friend Greg Bennett, Boys to Manzo which premiered on May 30, 2011.[29][30] Caroline Manzo, who was part of the original cast of the show, quit the series before its sixth season. Manzo later disclosed that she was involved in the production of a new show, Manzo'd with Children;[31][32] the show was eventually picked up and premiered on October 5, 2014.[33] The reality series follows the daily life of Manzo and her family: husband Albert, sons Albie and Chris, daughter Lauren, and sister Fran.[34] It aired for three seasons.[35][36]

The second spin-off, entitled Teresa Checks In, aired in October 2015. The three-episode television series chronicled the life of the Giudice family and how its members dealt with the aftermath of Teresa Giudice's being sentenced to prison. The series featured some of the cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, including Melissa Gorga, Joe Gorga, and Rosie Pierri.[37][38][39]

In December 2014, it was announced Giudice's daughter Gia, was in production on a pilot revolving around her attempting to launch a singing career, with her group 3KT.[40][41]


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