The Best Real Housewives of All Time

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Who 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.


  • Lisa Vanderpump
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    5,025 VOTES
    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.
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
    • Birthplace: London, England, UK
  • Bethenny Frankel
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    4,079 VOTES
    Bethenny Frankel (born November 4, 1970) is an American reality television personality, entrepreneur, and author. She was a contestant on the reality TV game show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, in which she was the runner-up, in 2005. Frankel received wider notice after being cast on the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City; she has starred in eight of its eleven seasons since it premiered in 2008. She received her own spin-off series Bethenny Ever After (2010–12), Bethenny & Fredrik (2018), and the talk show Bethenny (2013–14). Outside of her work in reality television, Frankel is the founder of the Skinnygirl lifestyle brand and the author of four ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of New York City
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Kyle Richards
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    3,790 VOTES
    Kyle Egan Richards (born January 11, 1969) is an American actress, socialite, television personality, memoirist and philanthropist. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in a recurring role on Little House on the Prairie, and in several horror films, including The Car (1977), Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive (1977), and John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Since 2010, she has appeared as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and as of 2019, is the last remaining original cast member on the show. She was a contestant on The New Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Celebrity Apprentice 8), playing for the charity Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She was the 5th ...more
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA
  • Kandi Burruss
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    2,749 VOTES
    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.
    • Credits (TV): The Real Housewives of Atlanta
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America