The Real Housewives of Orange County

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The Real Housewives of Orange County
Also known asRHOC
GenreReality television
Created by
  • Scott Dunlop
Inspired byDesperate Housewives
Peyton Place
  • Vicki Gunvalson
  • Jeana Keough
  • Lauri Peterson
  • Jo De La Rosa
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Tammy Knickerbocker
  • Tamra Judge
  • Quinn Fry
  • Gretchen Rossi
  • Lynne Curtin
  • Alexis Bellino
  • Peggy Tanous
  • Heather Dubrow
  • Lydia McLaughlin
  • Shannon Storms Beador
  • Lizzie Rovsek
  • Meghan King Edmonds
  • Kelly Dodd
  • Peggy Sulahian
  • Gina Kirschenheiter
  • Emily Simpson
  • Braunwyn Windham-Burke
  • Elizabeth Lyn Vargas
  • Jen Armstrong
  • Noella Bergener
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes277 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time42 minutes
Production companyEvolution Media[1]
Original networkBravo
Picture format
Original releaseMarch 21, 2006 (2006-03-21) –
present (present)
Followed byThe 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 has aired fifteen seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Orange County, California.

The current cast consists of Heather Dubrow, Shannon Storms Beador, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson, Noella Berenger, and Jen Armstrong. Previously-featured cast members include original housewives Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough, and Lauri Peterson; and subsequent housewives Tammy Knickerbocker, Tamra Judge, Quinn Fry, Gretchen Rossi, Lynne Curtin, Alexis Bellino, Peggy Tanous, Lydia McLaughlin, Lizzie Rovsek, Meghan King Edmonds, Kelly Dodd, Peggy Sulahian, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas.

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

Overview and casting[edit]

Vicki Gunvalson appeared as a main cast member during seasons 1-13, making her the longest-tenured cast member of the series

Seasons 1–3[edit]

In April 2005, The Real Housewives was ordered by American television network Bravo.[2] It was renamed as The Real Housewives of Orange County in January 2006.[3] Show creator Scott Dunlop said that it was originally planned to be set in a single gated community in Coto de Caza, California.[4] The show was inspired by scripted soap operas Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place, and would document the lives of upper-class women who "lead glamorous lives in a Southern California gated community where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes."[3]

The first season premiered on March 21, 2006, and starred Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Peterson (then Waring). Bryant left after the first season. Tammy Knickerbocker joined the cast for the second season which premiered on January 16, 2007. Bryant appeared as a guest. After the second season, De La Rosa exited the series as a regular cast member. The third season premiered on November 6, 2007, which featured Tamra Judge (then Barney) as the latest housewife. While Quinn Fry joined the cast in the sixth episode.[5][6] Bryant and De La Rosa returned as guests. Knickerbocker and Fry left the main cast after the third season.

Seasons 4–8[edit]

Cast members Lynne Curtin, Tamra Judge, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Gretchen Rossi at the Virgin America OC Launch in 2009

Gretchen Rossi was introduced in the fourth season premiere on November 25, 2008. Peterson made her final appearance as a main cast member in the third episode. While Lynne Curtin joined the cast in the fourth episode.[7][8] Bryant and De La Rosa made their final guest appearance during the season finale. While Knickerbocker returned as a guest. Keough's final season as a full-time cast member, season five premiered on November 5, 2009. After Keough left the show as a full-time cast member, Alexis Bellino was added to the main cast.[9][10][11] Fry, Knickerbocker and Peterson returned as a guest. Curtin left after the fifth season.

The sixth season which premiered on March 6, 2011, introduced Peggy Tanous as the newest housewife and friend of the housewives Fernanda Rocha.[12] Keough returned in a friend of the housewives status, while Curtin, Fry, and Knickerbocker appeared as guests. Heather Dubrow joined the cast in the seventh season which premiered on February 7, 2012. Keough and Tanous appeared as a guest, while Sarah Winchester was featured as a friend of the housewives. On April 1, 2013, the eighth season premiered and the cast was joined by Lydia McLaughlin. Peterson also appeared as a friend of the housewives in the eighth season.[13] Bellino, McLaughlin, Rossi and Peterson departed after the season.

Seasons 9–13[edit]

The ninth season premiered on April 14, 2014, and introduced Shannon Storms Beador and Lizzie Rovsek as the new housewives. While Danielle Gregorio joined as friend of the housewives.[14] The tenth season which premiered on June 8, 2015, saw Rovsek as a friend of the housewives,[15][16] and Meghan King Edmonds joining the cast. Curtin, Keough and Knickerbocker made guest appearances in the season.[17][18]

The eleventh season premiered on June 20, 2016. It featured Kelly Leventhal (then Dodd) joining the cast and Keough making a guest appearance.[19] Dubrow exited the series after the season.[20] McLaughlin returned for the show's twelfth season which premiered on July 10, 2017.[21] Peggy Sulahian joined as the latest housewife, while Keough, Rossi and Rovsek made guest appearances.[22] After the season concluded, King Edmonds, McLaughlin and Sulahian left the show.[23][24][25]

Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson joined the cast for the thirteenth season, which premiered on July 16, 2018.[26]

Seasons 14–present[edit]

The fourteenth season premiered on August 6, 2019. Braunwyn Windham-Burke joined as a cast member, while Gunvalson was demoted to a "friend of the housewives" status.[27] King Edmonds and Bellino both appeared in a guest capacity.[28][29] Gunvalson and Judge both left the series in January 2020.[30] Filming for the show was paused between March and July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[31][32]

The fifteenth season premiered on October 14, 2020, with Elizabeth Lyn Vargas joining the cast.[33] Keough served as a narrator in the opening of the season premiere.[34] Rovsek appeared as a guest in the fifth episode.[35] The season served as the final season for Dodd, Windham-Burke and Vargas.

The sixteenth season premiered on December 1, 2021, with Beador, Kirschenheiter and Simpson returning, along with former housewife Heather Dubrow, new housewives Jen Armstrong and Noella Bergener join the main cast, while Nicole James appears as a Friend of the Housewives. [36][37] Rovsek and Keough also had guest appearances during the season.


Main cast members
Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Kimberly Bryant Main Guest
Jo De La Rosa Main Guest
Vicki Gunvalson Main Friend
Jeana Keough Main Friend Guest Guest Guest
Lauri Peterson Main Guest Friend
Tammy Knickerbocker Main Guest Guest
Quinn Fry Main Guest
Tamra Judge Main
Lynne Curtin Main Guest Guest
Gretchen Rossi Main Guest
Alexis Bellino Main Guest
Peggy Tanous Main Guest
Heather Dubrow Main Main
Lydia McLaughlin Main Main
Lizzie Rovsek Main Friend Guest Guest
Shannon Storms Beador Main
Meghan King Edmonds Guest Main Guest
Kelly Dodd Main
Peggy Sulahian Main
Gina Kirschenheiter Main
Emily Simpson Guest Main
Braunwyn Windham-Burke Main
Elizabeth Lyn Vargas Main
Jen Armstrong Guest Main
Noella Bergener Guest Main
Friends of the housewives
Fernanda Rocha Guest Friend
Sarah Winchester Guest Friend
Danielle Gregorio Friend
Nicole James Friend


The Real Housewives of Orange County episodes
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)May 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)
210January 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)March 20, 2007 (2007-03-20)
312November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)
415November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)June 11, 2009 (2009-06-11)
517November 5, 2009 (2009-11-05)March 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)
616March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
723February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)July 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)
822April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)September 1, 2013 (2013-09-01)
921April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)September 8, 2014 (2014-09-08)
1024June 8, 2015 (2015-06-08)November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12)
1121June 20, 2016 (2016-06-20)November 21, 2016 (2016-11-21)
1221July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10)November 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)
1321July 16, 2018 (2018-07-16)December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)
1423August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)December 26, 2019 (2019-12-26)
1516October 14, 2020 (2020-10-14)January 27, 2021 (2021-01-27)
16TBADecember 1, 2021 (2021-12-01)TBA (TBA)

Broadcast history[edit]

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs regularly on Bravo in the United States;[38] most episodes are approximately forty-two minutes in length,[39] and are broadcast in standard definition and high definition.[40] Since its premiere, the series has alternated airing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and has been frequently shifted between the 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 PM timeslots.[38]


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.[41]

After becoming engaged to Judge in February 2013,[42] Barney was commissioned to star in the three-part spin-off special Tamra's OC Wedding.[43] It highlighted the preparations for their nuptials and was broadcast from September 2, 2013, until September 16, 2013.[43]


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