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The Best Real Housewives of All Time

Updated June 11, 2021 95.2k votes 8k voters 58.2k views70 items

List RulesWho are the best housewives? It's up to you to decide!

Using the word "best" with The Real Housewives is a dicey affair. Not only does the Real Housewives 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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    Lisa Jane Vanderpump (born September 15, 1960) is a British restaurateur, philanthropist, author, actress, and television personality. She is known for her appearances on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, and ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Vanderpump and husband, Ken Todd, have owned 26 restaurants, bars and clubs in London and Los Angeles, including The Shadow Lounge, Bar Soho, SUR, and Villa Blanca.  ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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  • Sonja Tremont Morgan (born November 25, 1963) is an American socialite, television personality, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Morgan is most notable for appearing on Bravo's reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City. She was previously married to John Adams Morgan, whose father was the co-founder of Morgan Stanley and great-grandfather was J.P. Morgan. Morgan started a fashion line called Sonja by Sonja Morgan in 2015.  ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of New York City
    • Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    Dorinda Medley

    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of New York City
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    Kandi Lenice Burruss-Tucker (born May 17, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, actress, and business woman. Burruss first gained notice in 1992 as a member of the American vocal group Xscape. In 2000, She won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for her writing contributions on the TLC hit song "No Scrubs". Burruss currently stars in the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta since its second-season premiere on July 30, 2009.  ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Atlanta
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
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