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The Real Housewives of Orange County

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The Real Housewives of
Orange County
Genre Reality television
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Jo De La Rosa
  • Vicki Gunvalson
  • Jeana Keough
  • Lauri Peterson
  • Tammy Knickerbocker
  • Tamra Judge
  • Quinn Fry
  • Gretchen Rossi
  • Lynne Curtin
  • Alexis Bellino
  • Peggy Tanous
  • Heather Dubrow
  • Lydia McLaughlin
  • Shannon Beador
  • Lizzie Rovsek
  • Meghan King Edmonds
  • Kelly Dodd
  • Peggy Sulahian
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 210 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Douglas Ross
  • Greg Stewart
  • Alex Baskin
  • Bill Langworthy
  • Bill Fritz
  • Scott Dunlop
  • Andy Cohen
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Evolution Media
Original network Bravo
Picture format
Original release March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21) – present (present)
Followed by The Real Housewives of New York City
Related shows
External links

The Real Housewives of Orange County (abbreviated RHOC) is an American reality television series that premiered on March 21, 2006, on Bravo. It is currently in its twelfth season and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Orange County, California.

The series originally focused on Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, and Lauri Waring (now Peterson). The current line-up consists of Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, and Kelly Dodd. Of the original housewives, Bryant and De La Rosa left after the first and second seasons, respectively, while Peterson stopped filming during production of the fourth season and Keough left after the sixth season commenced. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Barney (now Judge) in the third, Beador in the ninth, and Dodd in the eleventh. Other housewives include Tammy Knickerbocker (season 2–3), Quinn Fry (season 3), Gretchen Rossi (season 4–8), Lynne Curtin (season 4–5), Alexis Bellino (season 5–8), Peggy Tanous (season 6), Heather Dubrow (season 7–11), Lydia McLaughlin (seasons 8 and 12), Lizzie Rovsek (season 9), Meghan King Edmonds (seasons 10–12), and Peggy Sulahian (season 12).

The show's success has allowed for the development of The Real Housewives franchise and similar spin-off series based in New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Beverly Hills, Miami, Potomac, and Dallas. The Real Housewives of Orange County has additionally resulted in the conceptions of the spin-offs Date My Ex: Jo & Slade and Tamra's OC Wedding.

Overview and casting[edit]

In April 2005, The Real Housewives was announced as one of six reality television series ordered by the American television channel Bravo;[1] before its premiere, it was renamed The Real Housewives of Orange County in January 2006.[2] One of its producers, Scott Dunlop, commented that it was originally planned to be set in a single gated community in Coto de Caza, California.[3] A press release issued by the network noted that the series was inspired by the scripted soap operas Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place, and would document the lives of upper-class women who "lead glamorous lives in a picturesque Southern California gated community where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes."[2]

Its original main housewives were Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring (now Peterson). Bryant left after the first season, and was replaced by Tammy Knickerbocker beginning with the second season. De La Rosa exited the series after the second season; Tamra Judge (then Barney) joined the series in the third-season premiere, while Quinn Fry was introduced in the sixth episode.[4][5] Knickerbocker and Fry left after the third season, while Gretchen Rossi was introduced in the fourth-season premiere. Peterson made her final appearance on the third episode of the fourth season, and was replaced by Lynne Curtin beginning with the fourth episode.[6][6][7][8] Keough left the show after the sixth season; however, Keough was featured as a friend of the housewives in the seventh season and has made several guest appearances in later seasons.[9][10][11] Curtin left after the fifth season; beginning with the sixth season Peggy Tanous and friend of the housewives Fernanda Rocha were introduced and only featured in the sixth season.[12] Heather Dubrow and Lydia McLaughlin were respectively introduced in the seventh and eighth seasons, while Peterson appeared as a friend of the housewives in the eighth season.[13] Bellino, McLaughlin, Rossi and Peterson departed after the eighth season, and were replaced by starring housewives Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek and friend of the housewives Danielle Gregorio in the ninth.[14] The tenth season saw Rovsek become a friend of the housewives,[15][16] the departure of Gregorio,[17] and the introduction of Meghan King Edmonds, alongside former housewives Keough, Knickerbocker and Curtin making guest appearances.[18][19]

In April 2016, Bravo announced that the series is renewed for an eleventh season.[20] On May 23, 2016, the network announced that all housewives from the previous season would return, with Kelly Dodd joining the cast, with former housewife Keough making a guest appearance. The eleventh season premiered on June 20, 2016.[21]

In April 2017, the series was officially renewed for its twelfth season.[22] Prior to, Dubrow announced her departure from the franchise, after five seasons.[23][24] In May 2017, it was announced that Dodd and McLaughlin, the latter of whom only appeared during the eighth season, would appear in the series' twelfth season.[25][26] In June 2017, it was announced Gunvalson, Beador, King Edmonds, Judge, would all return, alongside new housewife Peggy Sulahian; former housewives Keough, Rossi and Rovsek were announced to make guest appearances. It premiered on July 10, 2017.[27][28][29] In January 2018, King Edmonds announced her decision to leave the franchise after three seasons.[30] In February 2018, McLaughlin announced her departure from the series once again, citing her feelings that she can only "handle this show one season at a time."[31] Following McLaughlin's decision to exit, Sulahian announced her departure from the show after one season.[32]

Timeline of housewives[edit]

Housewives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Kimberly Bryant Main Guest
Jo De La Rosa Main Guest
Vicki Gunvalson Main
Jeana Keough Main Friend Guest Guest
Lauri Peterson Main Guest Friend
Tammy Knickerbocker Main Guest Guest
Tamra Judge Main
Quinn Fry Main Guest
Gretchen Rossi Main Guest
Lynne Curtin Main Guest Guest
Alexis Bellino Main
Peggy Tanous Main Guest
Heather Dubrow Main
Lydia McLaughlin Main Main
Shannon Beador Main
Lizzie Rovsek Main Friend Guest
Meghan King Edmonds Guest Main
Kelly Dodd Main
Peggy Sulahian Main
Friends of the housewives
Fernanda Rocha Guest Friend
Sarah Winchester Guest Friend
Danielle Gregorio Friend
Katie Chadwick Hamilton Guest


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21) May 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)
2 10 January 16, 2007 (2007-01-16) March 20, 2007 (2007-03-20)
3 12 November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06) January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)
4 15 November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25) June 11, 2009 (2009-06-11)
5 17 November 5, 2009 (2009-11-05) March 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)
6 16 March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06) June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
7 23 February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07) July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)
8 22 April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01) September 1, 2013 (2013-09-01)
9 21 April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) September 8, 2014 (2014-09-08)
10 24 June 8, 2015 (2015-06-08) November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)
11 21 June 20, 2016 (2016-06-20) November 21, 2016 (2016-11-21)
12 21 July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10) November 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)


Date My Ex: Jo & Slade became the first spin-off from The Real Housewives of Orange County; the dating game show documented De La Rosa as she began dating after moving to Los Angeles, where potential suitors were regularly surveyed by Smiley. It premiered on June 30, 2008 and ended on September 8, 2008 after broadcasting nine episodes during its first and only season.[33]

After becoming engaged to Judge in February 2013,[34] Barney was commissioned to star in the three-part spin-off special Tamra's OC Wedding.[35] It highlighted the preparations for their nuptials and was broadcast from September 2, 2013 until September 16, 2013.[35]


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