When the Real Housewives franchise series began in 2006 with the Real Housewives of Orange County, I tuned in to see a glimpse of the "reality" of life behind the gates of some of the wealthiest communities in America. Dubbed the "reality television answer to 'Desperate Housewives' (the hit series on ABC), it sought to draw in fans of that fictional TV series.
What I found was an intriguing group of women, some of whom were entrepreneurs and happily married while others were single divorcees trying to recapture "life behind the gates." This eclectic mix of women with different personalities, financial categories and competing life goals made for an interesting drama as they interacted with each other at parties and other social events. The first group of housewives were friends so there was not too much conflict and drama until they added "newcomers" who often clashed with the more established housewives and their friends.
To date, the franchise now has seven series in cities across the country (The Real Housewives of New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, DC, Beverly Hills and Miami) with talk of additional series premiering around the world. (Reportedly, DC and Miami were cancelled.)
My favorites in the franchise are Orange County, NYC, Atlanta and Beverly Hills. I think that the whole franchise has become more dramatic, especially after the drama fests on Atlanta and New Jersey. I like that it shows women in different stages of life trying to fulfill their dreams and passions in major cities across America.
The beautiful homes, fancy cars, decadent jewelry and lush vacations are all a feast for the eyes but it's the relationships and their life journey that really hold my interest. Whenever I tune in to a new season, the first thought that pops into my mind is: "I wonder what they are up to now."
And I usually get the answer to my questions and so much more...