Reality Television Personalities The Best Real Housewives of All Time  

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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
770 470
Erika Girardi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Erika Girardi The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

2
602 361
Dorinda Medley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Dorinda Medley The Real Housewives of New York City

3
2,259 1,106
Lisa Vanderpump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Lisa Vanderpump The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

4
1,080 1,023
Sonja Morgan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Sonja Morgan The Real Housewives of New York City

5
2,557 1,600
Gina Liano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Gina Liano The Real Housewives of Melbourne

6
1,339 1,196
Yolanda Foster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Yolanda Foster The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

7
1,147 1,070
Camille Grammer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Camille Grammer The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

8
539 671
Brandi Glanville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Sonya Hicks Jeffords added Brandi Glanville The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

9
1,028 1,179
LuAnn de Lesseps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
LuAnn de Lesseps The Real Housewives of New York City

10
1,201 1,171
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
1,413 1,360
Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Bethenny Frankel The Real Housewives of New York City

12
239 300
Ashley Darby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ashley Darby

13
263 399
Magali Gorré is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Magali Gorré The Real Housewives of Cheshire

14
223 300
Jules Wainstein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Jules Wainstein The Real Housewives of New York City

The Most Annoying Real Housewives of All Time

15
926 975
Kandi Burruss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kandi Burruss The Real Housewives of Atlanta

16
1,099 1,167
NeNe Leakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
NeNe Leakes The Real Housewives of Atlanta

17
1,229 1,133
Kyle Richards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kyle Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

18
1,006 1,205
Teresa Giudice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Teresa Giudice The Real Housewives of New Jersey

19
402 507
Jill Zarin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New York City

20
278 454
Kathryn Edwards is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathryn Edwards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

21
231 351
Lauren Simon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lauren Simon The Real Housewives of Cheshire

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22
225 352
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia

23
181 243
Seema Malhotra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Seema Malhotra The Real Housewives of Cheshire

24
845 1,189
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
1,143 1,171
Shannon Beador is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Shannon Beador The Real Housewives of Orange County

26
239 465
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kelly Killoren Bensimon The Real Housewives of New York City

27
781 1,009
Phaedra Parks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Phaedra Parks The Real Housewives of Atlanta

28
157 227
Stacey Forsey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Stacey Forsey The Real Housewives of Cheshire

The Absolute Worst Real Housewives

29
267 400
Kim Fields is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kim Fields The Facts of Life, Kenan & Kel, Living Single

30
696 1,166
Kim Richards is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

31
425 522
Lisa Rinna is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lisa Rinna Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, The Apprentice

32
407 381
Heather Dubrow is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
926 1,065
Kim Zolciak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Zolciak The Real Housewives of Atlanta

34
231 373
Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Claudia Jordan The Price Is Right, The Apprentice, Ballers

35
869 1,224
Vicki Gunvalson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Vicki Gunvalson The Real Housewives of Orange County

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36
151 248
Aviva Drescher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
inkspotter added Aviva Drescher The Real Housewives of New York City

37
396 443
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
290 412
Gamble Breaux is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Gamble Breaux The Real Housewives of Melbourne

39
90 145
Kristen Taekman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kristen Taekman The Real Housewives of New York City

40
237 356
Melissa Gorga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Melissa Gorga The Real Housewives of New Jersey

41
642 1,016
Jeana Keough is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Jeana Keough The Real Housewives of Orange County

42
534 910
Tamra Barney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Tamra Barney The Real Housewives of Orange County

The Worst Real Housewives Entrepreneurs

43
586 946
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

44
696 1,003
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
304 366
Chyka Keebaugh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Chyka Keebaugh The Real Housewives of Melbourne

46
298 371
Heather Thomson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Heather Thomson The Real Housewives of New York City

47
422 980
Kenya Moore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kenya Moore The Real Housewives of Atlanta

48
207 329
Kathy Wakile is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathy Wakile The Real Housewives of New Jersey

49
546 955
ShereƩ Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
ShereƩ Whitfield The Real Housewives of Atlanta

50
23 73
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia