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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
1,979 976
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

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2
548 315
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
423 273
Dorinda Medley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Dorinda Medley The Real Housewives of New York City

4
2,511 1,439
Gina Liano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Gina Liano The Real Housewives of Melbourne

5
965 887
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
919 1,033
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
414 478
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
1,189 1,042
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
1,211 1,247
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
962 969
Camille Grammer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Camille Grammer The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

11
1,066 1,053
Carole Radziwill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carole Radziwill The Real Housewives of New York City

12
191 183
Ashley Darby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ashley Darby

13
340 389
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
989 1,062
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
906 1,084
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

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16
631 1,012
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
224 300
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
842 885
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
186 175
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
236 305
Kim Fields is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kim Fields The Facts of Life, Kenan & Kel, Living Single

21
161 156
Seema Malhotra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Seema Malhotra The Real Housewives of Cheshire

22
190 229
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia

23
1,057 1,080
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
755 1,090
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
204 269
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
1,007 1,063
Kyle Richards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kyle Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

27
242 334
Kathryn Edwards is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathryn Edwards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

28
737 918
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
198 296
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

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30
804 1,121
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
869 983
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
266 343
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
139 151
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
313 431
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
254 297
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
308 320
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
307 357
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
196 367
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
605 950
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
495 871
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
182 286
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
284 308
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
541 890
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
644 944
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
387 905
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
177 266
Kathy Wakile is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathy Wakile The Real Housewives of New Jersey

47
115 153
Aviva Drescher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
inkspotter added Aviva Drescher The Real Housewives of New York City

48
509 893
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
158 296
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
177 320
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