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.

1
637 384
Dorinda Medley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Dorinda Medley The Real Housewives of New York City

2
794 518
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
2,320 1,122
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
1,095 1,057
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
1,366 1,229
Yolanda Foster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Yolanda Foster The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

6
2,562 1,631
Gina Liano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Gina Liano The Real Housewives of Melbourne

7
1,172 1,094
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
555 717
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
1,226 1,192
Carole Radziwill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carole Radziwill The Real Housewives of New York City

10
1,049 1,206
LuAnn de Lesseps is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
LuAnn de Lesseps The Real Housewives of New York City

11
1,452 1,382
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
246 326
Ashley Darby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ashley Darby

13
266 423
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
953 991
Kandi Burruss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kandi Burruss The Real Housewives of Atlanta

The Most Annoying Real Housewives of All Time

15
1,124 1,186
NeNe Leakes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
NeNe Leakes The Real Housewives of Atlanta

16
228 329
Jules Wainstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Jules Wainstein The Real Housewives of New York City

17
1,267 1,149
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
1,029 1,225
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
420 527
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
283 483
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
234 371
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
865 1,209
Ramona Singer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ramona Singer The Real Housewives of New York City

23
226 374
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia

24
1,162 1,184
Shannon Beador is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Shannon Beador The Real Housewives of Orange County

25
182 265
Seema Malhotra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Seema Malhotra The Real Housewives of Cheshire

26
799 1,027
Phaedra Parks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Phaedra Parks The Real Housewives of Atlanta

27
451 536
Lisa Rinna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lisa Rinna Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, The Apprentice

28
714 1,189
Kim Richards is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The Absolute Worst Real Housewives

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244 496
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kelly Killoren Bensimon The Real Housewives of New York City

30
275 428
Kim Fields is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kim Fields The Facts of Life, Kenan & Kel, Living Single

31
425 399
Heather Dubrow is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
157 249
Stacey Forsey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Stacey Forsey The Real Housewives of Cheshire

33
242 392
Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Claudia Jordan The Price Is Right, The Apprentice, Ballers

34
943 1,088
Kim Zolciak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Zolciak The Real Housewives of Atlanta

35
889 1,242
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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418 455
Eileen Davidson is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
154 273
Aviva Drescher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
inkspotter added Aviva Drescher The Real Housewives of New York City

38
294 429
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
96 165
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
253 374
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
549 927
Tamra Barney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Tamra Barney The Real Housewives of Orange County

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651 1,033
Jeana Keough is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Jeana Keough The Real Housewives of Orange County

The Worst Real Housewives Entrepreneurs

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601 963
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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707 1,024
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
309 380
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
310 385
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
432 1,001
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
216 346
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
555 975
Shereé Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Shereé Whitfield The Real Housewives of Atlanta

50
240 456
Adrienne Maloof is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Adrienne Maloof The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills