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Great Escapes with The Real Housewives Series

Updated on April 24, 2014

This reality can be fun

I first began watching The Real Housewives of New York. It began in 2008. I didn’t even realize there was the original Housewives show The Housewives of Orange Countywhich had started in 2006. The shows intrigued me right away. You had successful, rich ladies at home with their families, or out on the town shopping, eating, or partying. Before I knew it there were Housewives coming out of the woodwork.

The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of New York City , The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of Miami, and at one time The Real Housewives of DC. Each time I thought no I won’t watch that show I already have my favorite or favorites, should I say, but each time I was lured into their webs. Why are the shows so entertaining?

One reason for the success of The Real Housewives series is because they have money and it is fun to live vicariously through them and go out to the fancy parties, jet around the country, and vacation at exotic locations. When The Real Housewives of New York City first came on they used to show the price they paid for the things they purchased. It is easy to fantasize about what we could buy if we had some extra bucks to spend.

The main reason for the shows successes would have to be the personalities. Each show has a housewife we like to watch whether or not we agree with how she handles herself in certain situations. It seems like the housewives have certain personality traits that are found in each show. The Housewives of DC have been canceled and I haven’t warmed up to The Real Housewives of Miami, so my comments will be on The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of New York, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The ladies who tell it like it is-these are the ladies who provide humor for the shows with their perspective of how the other ladies are acting. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong, but they are always funny. The ladies in this category are:

Bethenny from The Real Housewives of New York City for three seasons she could always come up with the one liners that could make you smile and agree with her take on the ladies she encountered on the show.

Lisa from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has a great way with words and she should really be writing magazine articles. She is very clever. Maybe she is too clever. The other ladies on the show have taken offense to her remarks that she makes to the camera about them.

Kim from The Real Housewives of Atlanta she may be blunt, but she is knows how to size up a situation in her own sassy style. Her mouth has gotten her in trouble with a few of the ladies on the show.

Tamera from The Real Housewives of Orange County Tamera says whatever comes to mind on and off the camera, so it is little wonder she is always in hot water. She always entertains no matter what she says.

Caroline from The Real Housewives of New Jersey when she first came on the show she was the one everyone could go to for advice and to share a laugh. She had some funny comments and lightened the tone of the show. Lately though something has happened to her and her comments have become more bitter and nasty than funny. Can the old Caroline come back?

NeNe from The Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe started out a character that you would want to hang out with. She was funny and she made a scene enjoyable. Lately she too has gotten a bit sour. It could be the problems with her son and the ending of her marriage; NeNe has gotten more anti-social with the ladies and less humorous.


Each show has one person who could be considered the Diva here they are:

LuAnne from The Real Housewives of New York City or go by her title The Countess. She wears her title with pride and isn’t afraid to correct someone on their manners though there are times she doesn’t practice what she preaches. She likes to think of herself as royalty, but she has a few rough edges that don’t fit the title.

Caroline from The Real Housewives of New Jersey she gets perturbed when things aren’t going the way she wants them to. She tries to boss her family and friends with limited success. If she feels you have done her wrong she will never let you forget it, and she will never get over it. She doesn’t seem to have patience for most of the people she encounters except for immediate family.

Vicki from The Real Housewives of Orange County she has gotten better lately, but in the past she did not have patience for most of the people she has encountered on the show. She is successful and driven. Things have to be her way or else. The marriage of her daughter on the spur of the moment has had Vicki reeling. She needs to be the one to make decisions or her world goes into chaos.

Phaedra from The Real Housewives of Atlanta she likes to consider herself and her family like royalty. Before she had her son she had a baby shower. Everyone had to wear hats and she treated the occasion more like a wedding than a baby shower. She did a dance routine and everyone seemed to be stunned at all she did for her yet to be born baby. Once her son Ayden was born she had an elaborate birthday party for him at a water park (of all places) the kicker was having 12 birthday cakes made for him for each month of his life. Last but not least, was the dedication for her son. It was done at a church and Ayden, her son, was carried in on a chariot. Expect the unexpected from this lady.

Lisa from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills she as an air of grace and her accent really makes her seem like royalty. She gets miffed when she thinks she has been excluded from any function and needs to know why. She determines who should be her friend and lately her outspoken comments from previous shows about her cast mates have caused some animosity.

OVER THE TOP ENCOUNTERS the greatest enjoyment from these shows is the encounters that go wrong. It starts out a fun affair and ends up bizarre here are a few classic moments:

On The Real Housewives of New York City Ramona decides to plan a girl’s get away to an island. It sounded good in theory, but it goes horribly wrong when Kelly goes off the deep end and is afraid Bethenny is trying to kill her. She starts talking nonsense and doesn’t want anyone else to talk because she considers it white noise. The girls Bethenny, Sonia, Ramona, and Alex try and reason with her and then realize she has lost touch with reality. This was one strange episode. It is a trip one would be glad they weren’t a part of.

On The Real Housewives of New Jersey everyone is invited to the Brownstone for a celebration. The celebration turns sour when Danielle starts to bring up a book that she thought Dina had looked up to find out information about her notorious past. Danielle turns the dinner to an interrogation and Theresa blows her top and flips a table when she feels she has been insulted by Danielle. I can’t figure out why Danielle was there in the first place since the Manzo family never really cared for her. I guess they were trying to offer an olive branch of sorts, but Danielle wasn’t in the mood to make nice.

The Real Housewives of Orange County planned a great vacation to Costa Rica but things ended up weird first Vicki began to act strangely singing at inappropriate times and laughing and crying at the same time. A quiet dinner turned into an intervention when the girls ganged up on Alexis for her materialistic and condescending ways. The trip dissolved when the girls began leaving one by one. The trip had promise, but it like all good things it had to come to an end.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Sheree and NeNe had an intervention with Kim to find out why she was spreading gossip that they claimed was not true out in the public. One thing led to another and loud words were spoken by all. It ended on the street with Sheree trying to pull off Kim’s wig. The ironic thing is now they are the best of friends.

The most hilarious encounter occurred on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Camille invited the gang over to her house to smooth over her spat with Kyle or did she? She failed to mention that she had invited her friend Allison Dubois a medium to the party. Camille was serving giant sized drinks that helped to fuel the strange talk at the dinner table. Allison was feeling no pain and smoking an electronic cigarette. It was a recipe for catty remarks by all involved. The remarks the ladies made to the camera later reviewing the scene are priceless. It was the best of the encounters made any of The Real Housewives shows.

The Real Housewives are shows that entertain with their lavish lifestyles, their families, and how they interact with each other. It is like being a fly on the wall and you feel like you are privy to the best and worst each of the ladies have to offer the viewer. Sometimes you feel like you can sympathize with how they are feeling, and sometimes you cannot believe what you are seeing. One thing is true they are always entertaining.


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