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
833 560
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
2,390 1,145
Lisa Vanderpump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Lisa Vanderpump The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

3
665 429
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
1,140 1,079
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
1,389 1,280
Yolanda Hadid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Yolanda Hadid The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

6
2,574 1,668
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
1,204 1,128
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
582 761
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
1,513 1,399
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
1,083 1,231
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
1,249 1,236
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
259 355
Ashley Darby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ashley Darby

13
271 450
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
1,306 1,168
Kyle Richards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kyle Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

15
967 1,012
Kandi Burruss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kandi Burruss The Real Housewives of Atlanta

16
1,149 1,202
NeNe Leakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
NeNe Leakes The Real Housewives of Atlanta

17
231 364
Jules Wainstein is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Jules Wainstein The Real Housewives of New York City

18
440 546
Jill Zarin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Jill Zarin The Real Housewives of New York City

19
1,050 1,245
Teresa Giudice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Teresa Giudice The Real Housewives of New Jersey

20
288 511
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
240 389
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

22
229 400
Carlton Gebbia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Carlton Gebbia

23
890 1,229
Ramona Singer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Ramona Singer The Real Housewives of New York City

24
738 1,205
Kim Richards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Richards The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

25
1,186 1,195
Shannon Beador is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Shannon Beador The Real Housewives of Orange County

26
184 285
Seema Malhotra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Seema Malhotra The Real Housewives of Cheshire

27
253 521
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kelly Killoren Bensimon The Real Housewives of New York City

28
448 416
Heather Dubrow is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
482 549
Lisa Rinna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Lisa Rinna Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, The Apprentice

30
280 449
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
812 1,041
Phaedra Parks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Phaedra Parks The Real Housewives of Atlanta

32
158 269
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
955 1,108
Kim Zolciak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kim Zolciak The Real Housewives of Atlanta

34
907 1,267
Vicki Gunvalson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Vicki Gunvalson The Real Housewives of Orange County

35
245 412
Claudia Jordan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Claudia Jordan The Price Is Right, The Apprentice, Ballers

36
441 469
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
161 298
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
300 442
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
263 392
Melissa Gorga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Melissa Gorga The Real Housewives of New Jersey

40
99 188
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
573 936
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

42
659 1,049
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

43
610 982
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

44
719 1,038
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
315 395
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
440 1,019
Kenya Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Kenya Moore The Real Housewives of Atlanta

47
316 404
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
225 362
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
254 473
Adrienne Maloof is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Kevin Leigh Gerhardt added Adrienne Maloof The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

50
566 985
Shereé Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Real Housewives of All Time
Shereé Whitfield The Real Housewives of Atlanta