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
866 629
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
2,465 1,180
Lisa Vanderpump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

3
707 476
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
1,199 1,111
Sonja Morgan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City

5
1,426 1,326
Yolanda Hadid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

6
1,241 1,165
Camille Grammer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

7
2,598 1,710
Gina Liano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Gina Liano The Real Housewives of Melbourne

8
609 813
Brandi Glanville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Sonya Hicks Jeffords added The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

9
1,588 1,428
Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City

10
1,285 1,285
Carole Radziwill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City

11
1,130 1,260
LuAnn de Lesseps is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City

12
273 395
Ashley Darby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ashley Darby

13
1,371 1,187
Kyle Richards is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

14
993 1,037
Kandi Burruss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

15
474 578
Jill Zarin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City

16
1,185 1,225
NeNe Leakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

17
276 486
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
1,085 1,275
Teresa Giudice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New Jersey

19
240 407
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
536 569
Lisa Rinna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, The Apprentice

21
927 1,263
Ramona Singer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New York City

22
482 443
Heather Dubrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Real Housewives of Orange County, Stark Raving Mad, That's Life

23
247 421
Lauren Simon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lauren Simon The Real Housewives of Cheshire

24
1,210 1,228
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
296 551
Kathryn Edwards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kathryn Edwards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

26
757 1,250
Kim Richards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

27
236 440
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia

28
290 487
Kim Fields is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Facts of Life, Kenan & Kel, Living Single

29
833 1,069
Phaedra Parks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

30
258 569
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Real Housewives of New York City

31
187 319
Seema Malhotra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Seema Malhotra The Real Housewives of Cheshire

32
467 499
Eileen Davidson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Broken Badges

33
257 439
Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Price Is Right, The Apprentice, Ballers

34
939 1,292
Vicki Gunvalson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Orange County

35
971 1,139
Kim Zolciak is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

36
161 303
Stacey Forsey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Stacey Forsey The Real Housewives of Cheshire

37
290 416
Melissa Gorga is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Real Housewives of New Jersey

38
169 341
Aviva Drescher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
inkspotter added The Real Housewives of New York City

39
311 471
Gamble Breaux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Gamble Breaux The Real Housewives of Melbourne

40
112 219
Kristen Taekman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kristen Taekman The Real Housewives of New York City

41
631 1,007
Dina Manzo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New Jersey

42
742 1,065
Caroline Manzo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of New Jersey

43
602 962
Tamra Barney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Tamra Barney The Real Housewives of Orange County

44
679 1,078
Jeana Keough is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
The Real Housewives of Orange County

45
330 418
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
454 1,044
Kenya Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Real Housewives of Atlanta

47
332 429
Heather Thomson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Heather Thomson The Real Housewives of New York City

48
223 421
Jacqueline Laurita is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Real Housewives of New Jersey

49
67 104
Heather Thomson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Heather Thomson The Real Housewives of New York City

50
235 390
Kathy Wakile is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added The Real Housewives of New Jersey