The Real Housewives of New York City

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The Real Housewives of
New York City
GenreReality television
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes210 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Megan Estrada
  • Pam Healey
  • Lisa Shannon
Camera setupMultiple
Running time41–43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)Ricochet
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkBravo
Picture format
Original releaseMarch 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) –
present (present)
Preceded byThe Real Housewives of Orange County
Followed byThe Real Housewives of Atlanta
Related shows
External links

The Real Housewives of New York City (abbreviated RHONY) is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2008 on Bravo. Developed as the second installment of The Real Housewives franchise, it has aired eleven seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in New York City.

The current cast consists of Luann de Lesseps (seasons 1–5, 7–present), Bethenny Frankel (seasons 1–3, 7–present), Ramona Singer (since season 1), Sonja Morgan (since season 3), Dorinda Medley (since season 7), and Tinsley Mortimer (since season 9). Previously-featured cast members include original housewives Alex McCord and Jill Zarin, and later-added housewives Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Cindy Barshop, Aviva Drescher, Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, Kristen Taekman, and Jules Wainstein.

The success of the show has resulted in the conceptions of the spin-offs Bethenny Ever After and Bethenny & Fredrik.

Overview and casting[edit]

Season 1–4[edit]

While in pre-production, the show was initially titled Manhattan Moms. It was later rebranded to become the second installment of the then-new The Real Housewives franchise.[1] The first season premiered on March 4, 2008, and starred LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin.[2]

Kelly Killoren Bensimon was added to the cast for the second season, which premiered on February 17, 2009.[3] Sonja Morgan was added to the cast during the third season, along with Jennifer Gilbert in a recurring capacity. In August 2010, Frankel left the show in order to expand her Skinnygirl product line.[4]

Cindy Barshop joined the show's fourth season which premiered on April 7, 2011.[5] After the fourth season, McCord, Zarin, Killoren Bensimon and Barshop were effectively let go from the show.[6]

Season 5–8[edit]

In April 2012, Bravo revamped the show for its fifth season, which premiered on June 4, 2012. Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson were introduced to the show.[7] Production for the sixth season was set to begin on May 8, 2013, but the cast instead chose to go into salary negotiations with Bravo.[8] Morgan, Radziwill, Thomson, Singer, Drescher and de Lesseps renewed their contract in May 2013. The latter was demoted to a recurring role.[9][10][11] The sixth season premiered on March 11, 2014, a year later than planned with Kristen Taekman as the latest housewife.[12] Drescher was dismissed after the sixth season.[13]

The seventh season premiered on April 7, 2015, featuring the return of Frankel and addition of Dorinda Medley.[14][15] Thomson and Taekman did not return for the next season.[16][17] For the eighth season, which premiered on April 6, 2016, Jules Wainstein was added to the cast.[18] While Thomson returned in a guest appearance.[19] Wainstein left the show in September 2016 for personal reasons.[20]

Season 9–present[edit]

The ninth season premiered on April 5, 2017. Tinsley Mortimer joined the cast, while former housewives Zarin and Thomson appeared as guests.[21][22] The tenth season premiered on April 4, 2018, with the ninth season cast returning and Thomson and Zarin making guest appearances.[23] It served as Radziwill's final appearance on the show.[24] The eleventh season premiered on March 6, 2019, with Barbara Kavovit joining as a friend of the housewives and Zarin appearing as a guest.[25]

Timeline of housewives[edit]

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Luann de Lesseps Main Friend Main
Bethenny Frankel Main Main
Alex McCord Main
Ramona Singer Main
Jill Zarin Main Guest
Kelly Killoren Bensimon Main Guest
Sonja Morgan Main
Cindy Barshop Main
Aviva Drescher Main
Carole Radziwill Main
Heather Thomson Main Guest
Kristen Taekman Main
Dorinda Medley Guest Main
Jules Wainstein Main
Tinsley Mortimer Main
Friends of the housewives
Jennifer Gilbert Friend
Barbara Kavovit Guest Guest Guest Friend


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04)May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)
215February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)May 28, 2009 (2009-05-28)
318March 4, 2010 (2010-03-04)June 24, 2010 (2010-06-24)
418April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07)August 1, 2011 (2011-08-01)
521June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04)October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
623March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)
723April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)
823April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)
922April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)August 30, 2017 (2017-08-30)
1022April 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)September 5, 2018 (2018-09-05)
11N/AMarch 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)N/A

Facebook game[edit]

In July 2012, Bravo released a social networking video game version of The Real Housewives of New York City titled as Real Housewives: The Game. Following weekly new episodes, a new game was available based on the story.[26][27] It has been discontinued since October 2012.

Bus tour[edit]

In 2016, On Location Tours hosted an official The Real Housewives of New York themed tour in New York City. The tour is centered around giving passengers an almost four-hour trip to visit numerous places where current and former housewives "have dined, shopped, dated or had a fight or two," and is described as the "ultimate, one-of-a-kind "Real Housewives" experience."[28] The bus tour is endorsed by Bravo and is featured on their official website.


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