The Real Housewives of New Jersey
|The Real Housewives of|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||165 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sirens Media|
|Original release||May 12, 2009 –|
|Preceded by||The Real Housewives of Atlanta|
|Followed by||The Real Housewives of D.C.|
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, it has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in New Jersey.
The current cast consists of Teresa Giudice (since season 1), Melissa Gorga (since season 3), Dolores Catania (since season 7), Margaret Josephs (since season 8), Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschneider (both since season 9). Previously-featured cast members include original housewives Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Danielle Staub; and later-added housewives Kathy Wakile, Teresa Aprea, Amber Marchese, Nicole Napolitano, and Siggy Flicker.
Overview and casting
The Real Housewives of New Jersey was announced when Bravo released its 2008–09 programming on April 15, 2008. 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. Dina and Tommy Manzo would later end up separated. The second season premiered on May 3, 2010, with Dina Manzo departing the series after the seventh episode. Staub left the show after the second season.
The third season premiered on May 16, 2011, with new housewives Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile. 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. The fourth season premiered on April 22, 2012, with Kim DePaola upgraded to a "friend of the Housewives" recurring capacity. The fifth season premiered on June 2, 2013, with Jennifer Dalton being added in a recurring role. Caroline Manzo and Laurita left the show after the fifth season, and DePaola and Dalton were dropped from their "friend of" roles.
The sixth season premiered on July 13, 2014. It featured the return of Dina Manzo as a full-time cast member and new cast members Amber Marchese, Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano. Wakile was demoted to a "friend of the housewives" role, while Laurita appeared as a guest. Marchese, Aprea, Napolitano and Dina Manzo left the show after the sixth season.
Laurita returned as a full-time housewife in the seventh season, which premiered on July 10, 2016. The season also featured Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker as new cast members, while Wakile and her sister Rosie Pierri appeared as "friends of the housewives". DePaola, Aprea and Napolitano also appeared as guests. After the seventh season, Laurita, Wakile and Pierri departed the show.
Staub returned in the show as friend of the housewives for the eighth season, which premiered on October 4, 2017. It also featured Margaret Josephs as the new cast member. While DePaola appeared as a guest. The season marked as Flicker's final season on the show. The ninth season premiered on November 7, 2018, featuring Jennifer Aydin and Jackie Goldschneider as full-time cast members. While Staub returned as a friend once again.
Timeline of housewives
|Friends of the housewives|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||May 12, 2009||July 9, 2009|
|2||18||May 3, 2010||September 6, 2010|
|3||21||May 16, 2011||October 23, 2011|
|4||24||April 22, 2012||October 21, 2012|
|5||22||June 2, 2013||October 20, 2013|
|6||19||July 13, 2014||November 20, 2014|
|7||18||July 10, 2016||November 13, 2016|
|8||16||October 4, 2017||January 31, 2018|
|9||18||November 7, 2018||March 6, 2019|
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. 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; the show was eventually picked up and premiered on October 5, 2014. The reality series follows the daily life of Manzo and her family: husband Albert, sons Albie and Chris, daughter Lauren, and sister Fran. It aired for three seasons.
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.
In December 2018, it was announced an after show featuring Giudice, Gorga, Josephs, Goldschneider, Aydin and Staub would be released weekly following the airing of the episode. It featured their reactions to the events to the episode and thoughts on the season. Episodes were released through Bravo.com and YouTube.
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May 14, 2014
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