Real Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Bethenny Frankel, Lauri Waring, Alex McCord, Jeana Keough, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, and Tamra Barney pose on the red carpet in 2008
(L-R) Real Housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Bethenny Frankel, Lauri Waring, Alex McCord, Jeana Keough, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, and Tamra Barney in 2008 | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The Real Housewives is a reality TV franchise airing on Bravo and other streaming platforms. It focuses on affluent women’s careers, love lives, and families as they navigate life in their respective cities. The franchise began in 2006 with The Real Housewives of Orange County and has expanded to 11 series in the U.S. Of the 15 international Real Housewives series, The Real Housewives of Cheshire has aired for the longest — 14 seasons so far.

Inspired by soap operas, especially Desperate Housewives, the franchise highlights drama and scandals involving cast members, their families, and their businesses. Some cast members have inspired spinoff series, such as Vanderpump Rules.


  • Debut Year: 2006
  • Series: 11 series in the U.S. and 15 international
  • Network: Bravo
  • Filming Locations: Orange County, California; Atlanta; New York City; New Jersey; Beverly Hills, California; Potomac, Maryland; and Salt Lake City
  • Inactive Locations: Washington D.C., Miami, and Dallas
  • Where to Watch: Bravo (some series available on Peacock or Hulu)

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