I can't even tell you how much I love Reality TV. For some it's trashy, "not real", or stupid – but the joke's on them, because as I always say, you can learn from everything. And if watching Reality TV taught me anything, it's that we all have the same issues to face in life. Which I love. I love to see how others deal with their lives and how they manage everything. Those who are seen in Reality TV live an extraordinary life, so they might have different obstacles, but the core values are the same.
The Housewives Franchise is Reality TV gold. It's one of my absolute favorites. Although I'm not a housewife, with husband and children myself, those housewives are pretty relatable. Because even if most of them are older than me, the interpersonal and personal topics stay the same.
You basically watch the housewives, throw fancy parties, interact with other housewives, talk about their families, go shopping and on vacation. Which may seem superficial and boring listed like this, but believe me those Housewives like the drama. Never have I have watched so many women screaming at one another and fighting over – sometimes – the stupidest things.
Funny sidetone: a couple of years back, I watched an episode of some Housewives show, while my ex-boyfriend was at my place. After a couple of minutes he turned to me with a suspicious look on his face, asking me what the hell I'm watching with all this noise and screaming. For him it seemed as if I was just watching some women arguing with each other. Which is kind of true, but the interesting thing is how they got there, why they are fighting. And well... what can I say... I love watching some (petty) drama.
Up until now, I referred to this as the Housewives franchise. Now let me explain: The real title is "The Real Housewives of...". Meaning there are a couple of different shows:
The Real Housewives of Orange County (this was the first one!)
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of D.C.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Miami
The Real Housewives of Potomac
The Real Housewives of Dallas
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (coming soon)
I have to confess, I haven't watched every Franchise – shame on me, I know, but honestly I've still got some other things do to. The ones I've watched are: Orange County, New York City and Beverly Hills. (But of course one day, I'll have seen them all!)
The first one I saw was Beverly Hills, which is why I will forever have a soft spot for the ladies form this one. For a long time this one was my absolute favorite. Beverly Hills has aired 9 seasons up until now. Unfortunately the latest season was the weakest one yet. The story lines weren't really interesting. And I'm very sad, that one of my favorite cast member – Lisa Vanderpump – left the show. So I'm curious how the next season is going to be without her.
New York City was the next franchise I started. I have to say, being a huge Gossip Girl fan (of course this is also a must-watch, but I'm hoping and guessing everyone has already seen GG – if not, shame on you!) I wanted to see, if the NYC Housewives were somewhat similar to the moms in GG. Well... I'm still not so sure about it. GG seemed to be more glamorous and scandalous, but whatever The Real Housewives of New York City still didn't disappoint. Watching season for season (11 in all), NYC soon became my absolute favorite Housewives Franchise. I can't really say why, but the housewives are the most eccentric, crazy (in a good way), funny and most entertaining. I can't wait for the next season to air, but I'm also very sorry that another one of my favorite housewives – Bethenny Frankel – left the show. Not only is she an exemplary businesswoman, she's also the one with the best lines ever. Her humor is going to be missed.
Just like with Gossip Girl and New York City, I started watching Orange County because of my love for "O.C. California" (another recommendation – but I'm sure you've all seen that one too. Here's to hoping!). But this Franchise is nothing like the picture portrayed in O.C. California – just saying.
Of all the three series I've watched, Orange County is my least favorite. But I guess this has something to do with the fact, that I was used to another "standard" due to the fact, that I watched the other franchises before. The Orange County franchise was the beginning of it all, it was the first show of this format and the first seasons just had to evolve to the point what I was already used to in Beverly Hills (meaning the way the show was produced, the reunions, confessionals, etc.). But if you keep watching you won't be disappointed, because those women also fight and play dirty. The Real Housewives of Orange County currently comprises 14 Seasons. It's going to be very interesting to see how season 15 is performing, because the ultimate OG Vicky Gunvalson isn't part of the franchise anymore. Vicky was part of the first season, meaning the first housewives show ever and stayed for all the following seasons (what no other housewife has ever done). Now an era comes to an end. I'm curious whom they are going to put on the show, because Vicky always brought some drama and very funny moments.
So if you want to be occupied or binge-watch something the Housewives franchise is your way to go – there are plenty seasons to catch up on. And you're going to be entertained – I promise!
* Click on my Pinterest pinboard for some Real Housewives Quotes.