The Real Housewives of Atlanta (season 1)

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta (season 1)
Four African American women and one light-skinned woman are seen posing on patio furniture. The logo for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is placed above them.
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(Left to right) Wu, Snow, Zolciak, Leakes, and Whitfield
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes8
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseOctober 7 (2008-10-07) –
November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)
Season chronology
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List of The Real Housewives of Atlanta episodes

The first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, an American reality television series, was broadcast on Bravo. It aired from October 7, 2008 until November 25, 2008, and was primarily filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. Its executive producers are Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton, Glenda Hersh, Carlos King, and Steven Weinstock.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta focuses on the lives of NeNe Leakes, DeShawn Snow, Shereè Whitfield, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, and Kim Zolciak. During the season, Leakes frequently clashes with Whitfield and Zolciak, while several of the housewives pursue business careers. It consisted of eight episodes, all of which aired on Tuesday evenings; three were aired at 9:00 pm, while six were broadcast at 10:00 pm.

Production and crew[edit]

The Real Housewives of Atlanta was announced as the third installment in The Real Housewives franchise, intending to capitalize on the successes of its predecessors The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of New York City. Its television network Bravo stated that the series' planned storyline focused on "[balancing] motherhood, demanding careers and a fast-paced social calendar".[1] The season premiere "Welcome One, Welcome ATL" was aired on October 7, 2008, while the seventh episode "Best of Enemies" served as the season finale, and was aired on November 18, 2008.[2] It was followed by a one-part reunion special, which marked the conclusion of the season and was broadcast on November 25, 2008.[2] Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton, Glenda Hersh, Carlos King, and Steven Weinstock are recognized as the series' executive producers; it is produced and distributed by True Entertainment, an American subsidiary of the Italian corporation Endemol.[2]

Cast and synopsis[edit]

Five housewives were featured during the first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which Bravo described as "entrepreneurs, doting mothers and classy Southern women."[1] NeNe Leakes and her husband Gregg live in Sugarloaf with their two sons; she founded The Twisted Hearts Foundation in an effort to reduce domestic violence, and expresses an interest in opening an upscale hotel.[3] DeShawn Snow recently moved to Alpharetta with her husband Eric Snow and their three sons, and is heavily involved in charitable donations and organizations.[4] Single mother Shereè Whitfield and her three children live in Sandy Springs; she was in the process of launching her fashion collection "She by Shereè".[5] Lisa Wu-Hartwell, her husband Ed Hartwell, and their three children live in an upscale country club community in Duluth; she operates a real estate firm, a jewelry line, and a clothing collection.[6] Single mother Kim Zolciak and her two daughters also live in Duluth; she is in the process of recording a country music album.[7]

Reception[edit]

U.S. television ratings[edit]

The premiere episode "Welcome One, Welcome ATL" attracted 650,000 viewers in its initial broadcast on October 7, 2008; in doing so, it became the least-watched episode of the season.[8] The second episode "It's My Party!" was broadcast to 1.18 million viewers on October 14, 2008, from which point the season maintained a steady viewership exceeding one million individuals through the remainder of its run.[9] The season finale "Best of Enemies" attracted 2.21 viewers in its initial broadcast on November 18, 2008,[10] while the reunion special aired the following week earned the season its peak viewership with an audience of 2.82 million.[11]

Taglines[edit]

  • DeShawn: “I always knew I was destined for greatness.”[12]
  • Kim: “In Atlanta, money and class do give you power.”
  • Lisa: “If it doesn’t make me money, I don’t do it.”
  • NeNe: "I don’t keep up with the Joneses; I am the Joneses."
  • Shereè: “People are intimidated by my success.”

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Welcome One, Welcome ATL"October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)1010.65[8]

DeShawn oversees the construction of her mansion and looks for employees, while Lisa manages household responsibilities and her business endeavors. Shereè coordinates an extravagant birthday party in celebration of her divorce from Bob Whitfield, although she and NeNe are in the midst of an ongoing personal conflict. Kim discusses the lavish lifestyle her unnamed boyfriend "Big Papa" provides for her.

This episode marks the first appearance of Nene, Kim, Deshawn, Shereè and Lisa.[13]
22"It's My Party!"October 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)1021.18[9]
NeNe reflects on her fight with Shereè at the birthday party, while Kim plans a birthday party for her daughter Brielle. Lisa is unable to attend after falling ill with the flu, while NeNe and Shereè remain civil at Brielle's party.[14]
33"Who's Your Poppa?"October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)1031.32[9]
NeNe receives a letter from a relative which implies that another man might be her biological father. DeShawn coordinates a black tie event for her foundation, and is assisted by NeNe. Meanwhile, Kim decides to venture into the country music industry.[15]
44"Bring on the Bling"October 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)104N/A
DeShawn continues planning her black tie event, while Lisa begins planning the launch of her jewelry line after a successful trunk show. Kim, Shereè, and their children join for a daylong outing.[16]
55"Out of Tune"November 4, 2008 (2008-11-04)1051.00[18]
Shereè and Lisa attend a pole-dancing class together. DeShawn celebrates her thirty-fourth birthday with a vineyard outing with Lisa, NeNe, and their husbands, where NeNe spreads rumors about Shereè and speaks poorly of Kim's musical aspirations. Meanwhile, Shereè and Kim become friends in light of their difficulties with NeNe; Kim and NeNe later get into an argument while shopping together. NeNe launches The Twisted Hearts Foundation, while Kim advances her pursuit of a career in the music industry.[17]
66"Dream a Little Nightmare"November 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)1061.49[18]
NeNe moves forward with DNA testing in an attempt to resolve her paternity conflict, while DeShawn arranges a group meal hoping for a reconciliation among the housewives. Shereè coordinates the launch of her fashion line "She by Shereè" and later goes on a boating excursion with Kim at Lake Lanier, while Lisa is reluctant to see her husband Ed returning to his football career after a recovering from a long-term injury.[19]
77"Best of Enemies"November 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)1072.21[10]
Lisa is discouraged after Ed signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders, and tries to gather the housewives after DeShawn's barbecue proves unsuccessful. Shereè recovers from an unsuccessful viewing for "She by Shereè", while DeShawn's husband Eric contemplates an early retirement after sustaining an injury. The housewives and their families gather for a dinner event in hopes of a reconciliation.[20]
88"Reunion Special"November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)1082.82[11]

Andy Cohen and the housewives discuss the ongoing controversies of the season, including NeNe's strained relationships with Kim and Shereè.

This episode marks the final appearance of Deshawn.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Cast Info". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Shows A-Z - Real Housewives of Atlanta, The on Bravo". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "NeNe Leakes". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "DeShawn Snow - Bio". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sheree Whitfield". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Lisa Wu-Hartwell". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kim Zolciak". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (October 14, 2008). "Updated: NFL, Future President and Boston Red Sox lead Weekly Cable Viewing". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  9. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (October 22, 2008). "Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" Hits Series Highs For Second Consecutive Week". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (November 25, 2008). "Updated: Weekly Top Cable Shows". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (June 24, 2009). "Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey Post Biggest Reunion Ever". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "Every 'Housewives' Tagline Ever". Bravo TV. June 6, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 1: Welcome One, Welcome ATL". Bravo. NBCUniversal. October 7, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  14. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 2: It's My Party". Bravo. NBCUniversal. October 14, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  15. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 3: Who's Your Poppa?". Bravo. NBCUniversal. October 21, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  16. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 4: Bring on the Bling". Bravo. NBCUniversal. October 28, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 5: Out of Tune". Bravo. NBCUniversal. November 4, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  18. ^ a b Seidman, Robert (November 13, 2008). "Bravo's Top Chef Draws 2.7 million; its highest rated premiere ever, Plus: Housewives of Atlanta". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  19. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 6: Dream a Little Nightmare". Bravo. NBCUniversal. November 11, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  20. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Ep 7: Best of Enemies". Bravo. NBCUniversal. November 18, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  21. ^ "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 1 Reunion". Bravo. NBCUniversal. November 25, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2014.

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