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 Real Housewives of New York City
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GenreReality television
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes237 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupMultiple
Running time41–43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)Ricochet
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkBravo
Picture format
Original releaseMarch 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Real Housewives of Orange County
Followed byThe Real Housewives of Atlanta
Related shows
External links
Website

The current cast consists of Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Leah McSweeney. 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 castingEdit

Seasons 1–4Edit

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.[1] The first season premiered on March 4, 2008, and starred Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin.[2]

Kelly Killoren Bensimon was added to the cast for the second season, which premiered on February 17, 2009.[3] 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.[4]

Cindy Barshop replaced Frankel for the show's fourth season, which premiered on April 7, 2011.[5] After the fourth season, McCord, Zarin, Killoren Bensimon, and Barshop were effectively let go from the show.[6]

Seasons 5–8Edit

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.[7] 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.[8] Drescher, Morgan, Radziwill, Singer, and Thomson renewed their contract in May 2013, while de Lesseps was demoted to a recurring role.[9][10][11] The sixth season premiered on March 11, 2014, a year later than planned with Kristen Taekman as the latest housewife.[12] Drescher was dismissed after the sixth season.[13]

The seventh season premiered on April 7, 2015, featuring the return of Frankel and addition of Dorinda Medley.[14][15][16][17] 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. [18][19] Wainstein left the show in September 2016 for personal reasons.[20]

Season 9–presentEdit

The ninth season premiered on April 5, 2017. Tinsley Mortimer joined the cast, while former housewives Thomson and Zarin appeared as guests.[21][22] The tenth season premiered on April 4, 2018, with the cast of the ninth season returning. Thomson and Zarin both appeared as guests.[23] It served as Radziwill's final appearance on the show.[24]

The eleventh season premiered on March 6, 2019. Barbara Kavovit joined as a friend of the housewives, and Zarin appeared as a guest.[25] Frankel departed the series after the season for a second time.[26] The twelfth season featured Leah McSweeney joining the cast, as well as Elyse Slaine as a friend of the housewives, which premiered on April 2, 2020.[27] Zarin and Thomson appeared as guests in the twelfth season. On June 11, 2020, Mortimer announced her exit from the series, coinciding with her relocation to Chicago to pursue her romantic relationship with Scott Kluth.[28] On August 25, 2020, Medley announced her departure from the series.[29][30]

Timeline of cast membersEdit

Main cast members
Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Luann de Lesseps Main Friend Main
Bethenny Frankel Main Main
Alex McCord Main
Ramona Singer Main
Jill Zarin Main Guest
Kelly Killoren Bensimon Main Guest
Sonja Morgan Main
Cindy Barshop Main
Aviva Drescher Main
Carole Radziwill Main
Heather Thomson Main Guest Guest
Kristen Taekman Main
Dorinda Medley Guest Main
Jules Wainstein Main
Tinsley Mortimer Main
Leah McSweeney Main
Friends of the housewives
Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Jennifer Gilbert Friend Guest
Barbara Kavovit Guest Guest Friend
Elyse Slaine Guest Friend

EpisodesEdit

The Real Housewives of New York City episodes
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04)May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)
215February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)May 28, 2009 (2009-05-28)
318March 4, 2010 (2010-03-04)June 24, 2010 (2010-06-24)
418April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07)August 1, 2011 (2011-08-01)
521June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04)October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
623March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12)
723April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)
823April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)
922April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)August 30, 2017 (2017-08-30)
1022April 4, 2018 (2018-04-04)September 5, 2018 (2018-09-05)
1120March 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)July 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
1225[31]April 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)October 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)[31]

Critical receptionEdit

The Real Housewives of New York City has received criticism for the lack of diversity in its cast.[32][33] Then current cast member Frankel stated in 2017 that she would like to see the series "represent New York more."[34] 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?"[35] 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.[35]

Broadcast historyEdit

The Real Housewives of New York City airs regularly on Bravo in the United States;[31] most episodes are approximately forty-two minutes in length,[36] and are broadcast in standard definition and high definition.[37] 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.[31]

Other mediaEdit

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.[38][39]

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."[40]

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