The Real Housewives: Queens of Trash TV
Pitching The Real Housewives franchise must have been a hard sell. Following a bunch of snooty, rich, bitchy women in their everyday lives doesn’t exactly scream ratings… but somehow, it’s become the best trash TV around. You’d be lying if you said you’ve never flicked through the channels and accidentally watched half an hour of the New Jersey girls cat-fighting.
This Sunday sees a whole two new instalments come to Bravo: The Real Housewives of Dallas and The Real Housewives of Potomac. (Go ahead and google Potomac, I won’t judge you). This will take the total of Housewives to nine different series in the US alone.
7. The Real Housewives of Washington DC
Bringing up the rear mainly due to the fact it only aired for one season. The biggest scandal the show encountered was housewife Michaele Salahi running off with the frontman of rock band Journey without telling her husband, leading to him informing the police she’d been kidnapped. All in a day’s work for a Real Housewife.
6. The Real Housewives of Miami
The most recent series to come to our screens (back in 2011), the housewives of Miami were just as catty as the rest. However the series seemed to come to a slow and painful end with producer Andy Cohen supposedly referring to it as “dead in the water”.
5. The Real Housewives of Atlanta
With names like DeShawn, Porsha, NeNe and Phaedra, how could this not be an amazing addition to the franchise?
These ladies really knew how to get down and dirty, as this clip from the season six reunion show proves:
4. The Real Housewives of New York City
Approaching an eighth season, the housewives in the Big Apple never fail to entertain. Despite the series title, a few of the ladies were anything but housewives and owned incredibly successful businesses. Naturally, this led to bigger personalities, bitchier fights, and a lot of money being thrown around.
3. The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Essentially a reality show featuring the more pleasant aspects of the mafia. Week in week out the housewives seemed to be fighting for the title of “most Italian”, plus we got to hear great lines including this touching exchange between father and daughter:
Father: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Daughter: A criminal lawyer.
Father: Yea… we need them.
2. The Real Housewives of Orange County
The original series, which began in 2006, comes in at number two for us. Now approaching its eleventh season, only Vicki Gunvalson remains as an original cast member. Each and every housewife has brought something new and hilarious to the group. To be honest, we just want to hang out with these ladies.
1. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Taking the crown are those Hollywood divas in Beverly Hills. With larger-than-life characters like Lisa Vanderpump (also winner of most ridiculous name) and Kyle Richards, there was no doubt these ladies would come in at the top. Their lavish parties, spectacular divorces and unbelievable cat-fights are unmissable viewing.
Just to show that they aren’t all backstabbing, heartless sociopaths, here we see Yolanda Foster – mother of “it” girl Gigi Hadid – getting emotional over the success of her young daughter and proving to us that these housewives do have hearts.
The Real Housewives of Dallas and Potomac will be premiering this weekend on Bravo.