The Real Housewives of New York City

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The Real Housewives of
New York City
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 127 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Pam Healey
  • Lisa Shannon
  • Megan Estrada
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production company(s) Shed Media
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Bravo
Picture format
Original release March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) – present (present)
Preceded by The Real Housewives of Orange County
Followed by The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Related shows Bethenny Ever After
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, following The Real Housewives of Orange County, it has aired seven seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in New York City.

The series originally focused on LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin. The seventh season lineup of housewives consisted of de Lesseps, Frankel, Singer, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, and Dorinda Medley. Of the original housewives, Frankel initially left after the third season before returning for the seventh; McCord and Zarin left after the fourth season; and de Lesseps was a friend of the housewives in the sixth. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons; Morgan in the third, Radziwill in the fifth, and Medley in the seventh. Other housewives include Kelly Killoren Bensimon (season 2–4), Cindy Barshop (season 4) and Aviva Drescher (season 5–6), Heather Thomson (season 5-7), and Kristen Taekman (season 6-7)

Overview and casting[edit]

The cast of seventh season, from left to right: Morgan, Lesseps, Frankel, Radziwill, Singer, Medley, Taekman and Thomson.

While in pre-production, the show was initially titled Manhattan Moms.[1] The first season premiered on March 4, 2008, and starred Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin.[2] Despite the series title, the women featured were not all housewives. Frankel and Singer owned their own businesses; McCord and Zarin had jobs outside their home. 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. On August 31, 2010, Frankel made an official announcement that she would not be returning to The Real Housewives of New York City series for its fourth season.[4] In September 2010, the fourth season began filming with Cindy Barshop as the series' newest housewife. Bravo pushed the Season 4 premiere back until April 7, 2011, and instead premiered The Real Housewives of Miami.[5]

Bravo announced in April 2012 that the show would be revamped for its fifth season and effectively fired half of its cast, letting go four of its seven housewives: Barshop, Bensimon, McCord, and Zarin. The fifth season premiered on June 4, 2012, with new cast members Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill, and Heather Thomson, leaving Singer and De Lesseps as the only original cast members from the first season, along with Sonja Morgan, who joined the show in its third season.[6][7]

The series was officially renewed for a sixth season on April 2, 2013.[8] Production was set to begin on May 8, 2013, but the housewives had instead gone into negotiations with Bravo regarding their salaries for the season.[9] Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson and Ramona Singer rejoined the series on May 9, 2013, with Aviva Drescher signing her contract on May 24, 2013.[10][11] LuAnn agreed to the new contract on May 28, 2013.[12][13] It had been speculated that Kristen Taekman would join the cast, which was later confirmed by LuAnn in an interview with Wetpaint.[14] It was announced in January 2014 that The Real Housewives of New York City would return for its sixth season on March 11, 2014.[15] Aviva Drescher, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Ramona Singer, Heather Thomson, and new housewife Kristen Taekman were the main housewives with LuAnn de Lesseps returning in a recurring role.

Drescher was dismissed from the series after the conclusion of the sixth season.[16] In October 2014, it was announced that former cast member Frankel would return to The Real Housewives of New York City after a three-season hiatus.[17][18] Dorinda Medley was also hired to appear as a full-time housewife,[19] together with Singer, de Lesseps, Morgan, Radziwill, Thomson and Taekman returning from the previous season.[20]

On September 8, 2015, Heather Thomson announced after three seasons that she would not return for season eight,[21] while on October 26, 2015, Kristen Taekman confirmed that, following her second season on the show, she too would not return for the eighth season.[22]

Timeline of housewives[edit]

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Current main housewives
Ramona Singer Main
Luann de Lesseps Main Friend Main
Bethenny Frankel Main Main
Sonja Morgan Main
Carole Radziwill Main
Dorinda Medley Main
Former main housewives
Alex McCord Main
Jill Zarin Main
Kelly Bensimon Main Guest
Cindy Barshop Main
Aviva Drescher Main
Heather Thomson Main
Kristen Taekman Main


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 9 March 4, 2008 April 15, 2008
2 15 February 17, 2009 May 5, 2009
3 18 March 4, 2010 June 3, 2010
4 18 April 7, 2011 July 21, 2011
5 21 June 4, 2012 October 1, 2012
6 23 March 11, 2014 August 12, 2014
7 23 April 7, 2015 September 3, 2015

Facebook game[edit]

Further information: See Real Housewives: The Game

In July 2012, Bravo released a social networking video game version of The Real Housewives of New York City which is titled Real Housewives: The Game. Every week after a new episode, a new story was available on the game.[23][24] It has been discontinued since October 2012.


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