The Real Housewives of New York City (TV Series 2008– )


The Real Housewives of New York City (TV Series 2008– )

A fast-paced reality show that follows several incredibly busy and ambitious Manhattan women. Watch as they balance envious social calendars, challenging careers, and motherhood, with the hustle and bustle of the big city all around.
IMDb   4.5 /10
Metacritic   65 %
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
RottenTomatoes  6.0 /10
Creator Scott Dunlop
Release Date2008-01-22
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
CompanyRicochet Television
Ramona Singer
Ramona Singer
Self 245 episodes, 2008-2020
Luann de Lesseps
Luann de Lesseps
Self 231 episodes, 2008-2020
Sonja Morgan
Sonja Morgan
Self 215 episodes, 2010-2021
Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel
Self 182 episodes, 2008-2020
Carole Radziwill
Carole Radziwill
Self 142 episodes, 2012-2020
Dorinda Medley
Dorinda Medley
Self 138 episodes, 2015-2020

The Real Housewives of New York City

The Real Housewives of New York City (abbreviated RHONY) is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the second installment of the Real Housewives franchise, it has aired twelve seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of women residing in New York City.

The current cast consists of Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, and Eboni K. Williams. Previous cast members include original cast members Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord, and Jill Zarin; and later additions Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Cindy Barshop, Aviva Drescher, Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, Kristen Taekman, Dorinda Medley, Jules Wainstein and Tinsley Mortimer.

The success of the show has resulted in the conceptions of spin-offs Bethenny Ever After and Bethenny & Fredrik with Bethenny Frankel.

Overview and casting

Seasons 1–4

While in pre-production, the show was initially titled Manhattan Moms. It was later rebranded to become the second installment of the then-new Real Housewives franchise. The first season premiered on March 4, 2008, and starred Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon was added to the cast for the second season, which premiered on February 17, 2009. The third season premiered March 4, 2010 and saw the addition of Sonja Morgan as a main cast member, along with Jennifer Gilbert in a recurring capacity. In August 2010, Frankel left the show in order to expand her Skinnygirl product line.

Cindy Barshop replaced Frankel for the show's fourth season, which premiered on April 7, 2011. After the fourth season, McCord, Zarin, Killoren Bensimon, and Barshop were effectively let go from the show.

Seasons 5–8

In April 2012, Bravo announced a revamp to the cast for its fifth season, integrating Aviva Drescher, Carole Radziwill, and Heather Thomson into the main cast. The season premiered on June 4, 2012. Production for the sixth season was set to begin on May 8, 2013, but the cast instead chose to go into salary negotiations with Bravo, effectively delaying shooting. Drescher, Morgan, Radziwill, Singer, and Thomson renewed their contract in May 2013, while de Lesseps was demoted to a recurring role. The sixth season premiered on March 11, 2014, a year later than planned with Kristen Taekman as the latest housewife. Drescher was dismissed after the sixth season.

The seventh season premiered on April 7, 2015, featuring the return of Frankel and addition of Dorinda Medley, while de Lesseps returned in a full-time role. Taekman and Thomson exited the series after the season ended. For the eighth season, which premiered on April 6, 2016, Jules Wainstein was added to the cast, while Thomson returned in a guest appearance, Taekman did not return. Wainstein left the show in September 2016 for personal reasons.

Seasons 9–12

The ninth season premiered on April 5, 2017. Tinsley Mortimer joined the cast, while former housewives Thomson and Zarin appeared as guests. The tenth season premiered on April 4, 2018, with the cast of the ninth season returning. Thomson and Zarin both appeared as guests. It served as Radziwill's final appearance on the show.

The eleventh season premiered on March 6, 2019. Barbara Kavovit joined as a friend of the housewives, and Zarin appeared as a guest. Frankel departed the series after the season for a second time. The twelfth season featured Leah McSweeney joining the cast, which premiered on April 2, 2020. Zarin and Thomson appeared as guests in the twelfth season. Mortimer and Medley announced their departure from the series in June 2020 and August 2020 respectively. Mortimer coincided her announcement with her relocation to Chicago, to pursue her romantic relationship with Scott Kluth, while Medley later stated she was fired from the show.

Season 13–present

On October 8, 2020, it was announced that Eboni K. Williams would be joining the show for the thirteenth season, as the franchise's first full-time black housewife. Following William's announcement, it was announced on March 2, 2021 that Bershan Shaw would also be part of the thirteenth season.

Timeline of cast members

Main cast members
Cast memberSeasons
Bethenny FrankelMainMain
Luann de LessepsMainFriendMain
Alex McCordMain
Ramona SingerMain
Jill ZarinMainGuest
Kelly Killoren BensimonMainGuest
Sonja MorganMain
Cindy BarshopMain
Aviva DrescherMain
Carole RadziwillMain
Heather ThomsonMainGuestGuest
Kristen TaekmanMain
Dorinda MedleyGuestMain
Jules WainsteinMain
Tinsley MortimerMain
Leah McSweeneyMain
Bershan ShawMain
Eboni K. WilliamsMain
Friends of the Housewives
Cast memberSeasons
Jennifer GilbertFriendGuest
Barbara KavovitGuestGuestFriend
Elyse SlaineGuestFriend


The Real Housewives of New York City episodes
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19March 4, 2008May 27, 2008
215February 17, 2009May 28, 2009
318March 4, 2010June 24, 2010
418April 7, 2011August 1, 2011
521June 4, 2012October 22, 2012
623March 11, 2014August 12, 2014
723April 7, 2015September 3, 2015
823April 6, 2016September 14, 2016
922April 5, 2017August 30, 2017
1022April 4, 2018September 5, 2018
1120March 6, 2019July 25, 2019
1225April 2, 2020October 1, 2020

Critical reception

The Real Housewives of New York City has received criticism for the lack of diversity in its cast. Then current cast member Frankel stated in 2017 that she would like to see the series "represent New York more." Writing for The New York Times in October 2019, author Tracie Egan Morrissey posed the question, "If less than half of the city is white, why is 100 percent of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York City white?" Former cast member Thomson also stated that during her time on the series she had pitched several women of color to the show's producers to diversify its cast members due to her concerns about the issue.

Broadcast history

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

Other media

In July 2012, Bravo released a social networking video game version of The Real Housewives of New York City titled as Real Housewives: The Game. Following weekly new episodes, a new game was available based on the story.

In 2016, On Location Tours hosted an official The Real Housewives of New York-themed tour in New York City. The tour is centered around giving passengers an almost four-hour trip to visit numerous places where current and former housewives "have dined, shopped, dated or had a fight or two," and is described as the "ultimate, one-of-a-kind Real Housewives experience."