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Using the word "best" with The Real Housewives is a dicey affair. Not only does the franchise elicit passionate, polarizing opinions from its fans, but it somehow manages to warp the entire notion of good and bad behavior.

Is the best housewife someone that the viewers identify with, agree with, admire, and aspire to be? Or is she a lady who is so quintessentially integral to the drama and craziness of the Housewives that losing her would be an unthinkable travesty?

Yes, the line between love and love-to-hate is blurry at best, but that's probably the appeal of The Real Housewives in the first place. The following list features the biggest fan favorites. Some are hilarious, some are ridiculous, some are impossible divas, and all are great television.
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1
1,962 973
Lisa Vanderpump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Lisa Vanderpump The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The Most Annoying Real Housewives of All Time The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

2
540 306
Erika Girardi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Erika Girardi The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

3
2,508 1,433
Gina Liano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Gina Liano The Real Housewives of Melbourne

4
416 268
Dorinda Medley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Dorinda Medley The Real Housewives of New York City

5
959 883
Sonja Morgan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Sonja Morgan The Real Housewives of New York City

6
915 1,026
LuAnn de Lesseps is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
LuAnn de Lesseps The Real Housewives of New York City

7
409 468
Brandi Glanville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Sonya Hicks Jeffords added Brandi Glanville The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

8
1,180 1,036
Yolanda Foster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Yolanda Foster The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

9
1,207 1,240
Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Bethenny Frankel The Real Housewives of New York City

10
1,062 1,047
Carole Radziwill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carole Radziwill The Real Housewives of New York City

11
950 967
Camille Grammer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Camille Grammer The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

12
189 177
Ashley Darby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ashley Darby

13
337 381
Jill Zarin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New York City

14
981 1,060
NeNe Leakes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
NeNe Leakes The Real Housewives of Atlanta

15
897 1,080
Teresa Giudice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Teresa Giudice The Real Housewives of New Jersey

The Absolute Worst Real Housewives 8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

16
626 1,004
Kim Richards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

17
223 294
Magali Gorré is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Magali Gorré The Real Housewives of Cheshire

18
834 884
Kandi Burruss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kandi Burruss The Real Housewives of Atlanta

19
185 169
Jules Wainstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Jules Wainstein The Real Housewives of New York City

20
161 151
Seema Malhotra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Seema Malhotra The Real Housewives of Cheshire

21
188 221
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia

22
233 301
Kim Fields is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kim Fields The Facts of Life, Kenan & Kel, Living Single

23
1,051 1,077
Shannon Beador is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Shannon Beador The Real Housewives of Orange County

24
751 1,086
Ramona Singer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ramona Singer The Real Housewives of New York City

25
203 266
Lauren Simon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lauren Simon The Real Housewives of Cheshire

26
242 327
Kathryn Edwards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathryn Edwards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

27
998 1,060
Kyle Richards is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kyle Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

28
732 916
Phaedra Parks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Phaedra Parks The Real Housewives of Atlanta

29
195 294
Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Claudia Jordan The Price Is Right, The Apprentice, Ballers

The Worst Real Housewives Entrepreneurs The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

30
800 1,116
Vicki Gunvalson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Vicki Gunvalson The Real Housewives of Orange County

31
864 981
Kim Zolciak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Zolciak The Real Housewives of Atlanta

32
264 340
Gamble Breaux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Gamble Breaux The Real Housewives of Melbourne

33
139 146
Stacey Forsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Stacey Forsey The Real Housewives of Cheshire

34
308 426
Lisa Rinna is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lisa Rinna Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, The Apprentice

35
251 294
Heather Thomson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Heather Thomson The Real Housewives of New York City

36
304 316
Heather Dubrow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Heather Dubrow The Real Housewives of Orange County, Stark Raving Mad, That's Life

37
303 353
Eileen Davidson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Eileen Davidson Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Broken Badges

38
194 361
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kelly Killoren Bensimon The Real Housewives of New York City

39
604 945
Jeana Keough is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Jeana Keough The Real Housewives of Orange County

40
489 868
Tamra Barney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Tamra Barney The Real Housewives of Orange County

41
176 285
Melissa Gorga is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Melissa Gorga The Real Housewives of New Jersey

42
283 305
Chyka Keebaugh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Chyka Keebaugh The Real Housewives of Melbourne

43
535 888
Dina Manzo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Dina Manzo The Real Housewives of New Jersey

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44
638 942
Caroline Manzo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Caroline Manzo The Real Housewives of New Jersey

45
383 902
Kenya Moore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kenya Moore The Real Housewives of Atlanta

46
113 149
Aviva Drescher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
inkspotter added Aviva Drescher The Real Housewives of New York City

47
171 264
Kathy Wakile is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathy Wakile The Real Housewives of New Jersey

48
504 892
ShereƩ Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
ShereƩ Whitfield The Real Housewives of Atlanta

49
154 295
Jacqueline Laurita is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Jacqueline Laurita The Real Housewives of New Jersey

50
176 317
Jackie Gillies is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Jackie Gillies The Real Housewives of Melbourne