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The Real Housewives of Orange County
Current Housewives Heather Dubrow (Season 7-11, 16-)

Shannon Beador (Season 9–)
Gina Kirschenheiter (Season 13–)
Emily Simpson (Season 13–)
Noella Noel Bergerner (Season 16-)
Jennifer Armstrong (Season 16-)

Former Housewives Vicki Gunvalson (Seasons 1–13)

Jeana Keough (Seasons 1–5)
Lauri Peterson (Seasons 1–4)
Jo De La Rosa (Seasons 1–2)
Kimberly Bryant (Season 1)
Tammy Knickerbocker (Seasons 2–3)
Tamra Judge (Seasons 3–14)
Quinn Fry (Season 3)
Gretchen Rossi (Seasons 4–8)
Lynne Curtin (Seasons 4–5)
Alexis Bellino (Seasons 5–8)
Peggy Tanous (Season 6)
Lydia McLaughlin (Seasons 8, 12)
Lizzie Rovsek (Season 9)
Meghan King (Seasons 10–12)
Peggy Sulahian (Season 12)
Kelly Leventhal (Seasons 11-15)
Braunwyn Windham-Burke (Seasons 14-15)
Elizabeth Vargas (Season 15)

Country of Origin United States
Original Language English
No. of Seasons 16
No. of Episodes 254
Followed by The Real Housewives of New York City

The Real Housewives of Orange County is an American reality television series on Bravo that debuted on March 21, 2006, and is set in Orange County, California. It is the first Real Housewives program in the franchise. The series is a voyeuristic look into the wealthy lives of these housewives as they shop, get plastic surgery, fight and live lavishly. The financial crisis, the beginning of which coincided almost exactly with the first season's broadcast, at one time trimmed the housewives' lifestyles with job losses, evictions, mortgage defaults, foreclosures, and marital stress—all recorded in progressive seasons of the show. Heather Dubrow, Jennifer Armstrong, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, Shannon Beador, and Noella Noel Bergener make up the series' most recent cast.


The series emerged as The Real Housewives on April 26, 2005, when Bravo announced their programming slate for the 2005–2006 season. It would later be announced with the current title, The Real Housewives of Orange County, on January 5, 2006, with Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Peterson as the five original housewives. Created by Orange County, California producer and Coto de Caza ("Coto") resident Scott Dunlop, the series was initially set primarily in the Gated community of Coto, following the lavish livestyles of five "housewives" and their families who resided within Coto McMansions, with the exception of one housewife (Lauri Waring), who lived in a Ladera Ranch townhouse.

Kimberly Bryant was replaced by Tammy Knickerbocker in the second season. Bravo announced on March 28, 2007, that casting was taking place for the third season. The third season premiere date was released on October 9, 2007, with Tamra Barney introduced into the cast. Quinn Fry also joined the season during the sixth episode of the third season. Barney and Fry were discovered by producers during the casting call. With the introduction of Barney, Fry and Waring's move to San Juan Capistrano, the scope of the show widened its narrow focus that used to emphasize the privilege and exclusivity of living in gated Coto de Caza to purport the general luxury and materialism of living in the Orange County environment.

Bravo announced the series' fourth season renewal with the return of three original housewives, Gunvalson, Keough, Peterson (Waring, after her marriage to George Peterson at the end of Season 3), and Season 3 housewife Barney. A new housewife, Gretchen Rossi, replaces Season 2 housewife Knickerbocker and Season 3 housewife Fry, both of whom did not return. To compensate for the mid-season departure of Peterson, another new housewife, Lynne Curtin, joined the cast.

In June 2009, Bravo announced the renewal of the show for a fifth season with the entire season four cast returning. During this season a sixth housewife, Newport Beach resident Alexis Bellino was added to the cast to replace Keough, who departed mid-season, leaving Gunvalson as the only remaining original cast member. The series was renewed for a sixth season, with new housewife Peggy Tanous replacing Lynne Curtin. It was also announced that Fernanda Rocha, a personal trainer who co-owns the Art of Fitness & Day Spa, had signed on to appear on several episodes during season six. On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, The Real Housewives of Orange County was renewed for the seventh season with new housewife Heather Dubrow.

Alexis Bellino announced on September 24, 2012 that she wouldn't be returning to the show for its eighth season in order to 'focus on family and other opportunities'. However, in October 2012, Alexis was spotted filming scenes for the show and is still a main cast member. Production for season eight started in Fall 2012. All housewives of season seven returned along with new housewife Lydia McLaughlin. On November 19, 2012, Vicki Gunvalson posted a picture on her official Facebook page of the ladies getting ready for a bachelorette weekend for Tamra Barney which was being filmed for season eight. Included in the picture were Gunvalson, Barney, Rossi, Dubrow, and new Housewife, Mclaughlin. Noticeably absent from the picture was Alexis Bellino, who was not invited on the vacation. Lauri Peterson has returned in a recurring role. The Real Housewives of Orange County returned April 1, 2013.

Bravo celebrated the series' 100th episode milestone by airing a two hour special that depicted The Real Housewives phenomenon and how the series impacted the lives of the housewives and their families who have been on the show. Bravo also aired the first 100 episodes starting ten days before the June 24, 2013, air date of the special.

The ninth season premiered on April 14, 2014 and introduced Shannon Beador and Lizzie Rovsek as the new housewives. While Danielle Gregorio joined as friend of the housewives. The tenth season which premiered on June 8, 2015, saw Rovsek as a friend of the housewives, and Meghan King Edmonds joining the cast. Curtin, Keough and Knickerbocker made guest appearances in the season.

Cast of Season 16 from L to R: Jennifer, Emily, Shannon, Heather, Gina, Noella.

The eleventh season premiered on June 20, 2016. It featured Kelly Dodd joining the cast and Keough making a guest appearance. The season served as Dubrow's final season. McLaughlin returned for the show's twelfth season which premiered on July 10, 2017. Peggy Sulahian joined as the latest housewife. While Keough, Rossi and Rovsek made guest appearances. After the season concluded, King Edmonds, McLaughlin and Sulahian left the show.

Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson joined the cast for the thirteenth season, which premiered on July 16, 2018.

The fourteenth season premiered on August 6, 2019. Braunwyn Windham-Burke joined as a cast member, while Gunvalson was demoted to a "friend of the housewives" status. King Edmonds and Bellino both appeared in a guest capacity. Gunvalson and Judge both left the series in January 2020.

The fiteenth season premiered on October 14, 2020. Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson were notably absent from the cast and Elizabeth Vargas was introduced as Kelly and Braunwyn's friend.

With ratings dipping from the 15th season and it's "disastrous" set up while navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, Bravo announced shortly after the season ended that Heather Dubrow would be returning, holding her orange, on the next season. This created almost a franchise "reboot" and in addition to Dubrow returning, Noella Bergener (friend to ex-housewife Braunwyn) and Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, are newbies ready to take on the OC for Season 16. The season is premiering on December 1st, 2021.

Housewives History

Housewives Seasons
Kimberly Bryant Main Guest
Jo De La Rosa Main Guest
Vicki Gunvalson Main Friend
Jeana Keough Main Friend Guest Guest Guest
Lauri Peterson Main Guest Friend
Tammy Knickerbocker Main Guest Guest
Tamra Judge Main
Quinn Fry Main Guest
Gretchen Rossi Main Guest
Lynne Curtin Main Guest Guest
Alexis Bellino Main Guest
Peggy Tanous Main Guest
Heather Dubrow Main Main
Lydia McLaughlin Main Main
Shannon Beador Main
Lizzie Rovsek Main Friend Guest Guest
Meghan King Guest Main Guest
Kelly Leventhal Main
Peggy Sulahian Main
Emily Simpson Guest Main
Gina Kirschenheiter Main
Braunwyn Windham-Burke Main
Elizabeth Vargas Main
Noella Noel Bergener Main
Jennifer Armstrong Main
Fernanda Rocha Guest Friend
Sarah Winchester Guest Friend
Danielle Gregorio Friend
Nicole James Friend


Main article: The Real Housewives of Orange County/Episodes

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Reunion
1 8 March 21, 2006 May 2, 2006 May 9, 2006
2 10 January 16, 2007 March 13, 2007 March 20, 2007
3 12 November 6, 2007 January 22, 2008 January 29, 2008
4 15 November 25, 2008 February 17, 2009 February 24, 2009
5 17 November 5, 2009 March 5, 2010 March 10, 2010
March 11, 2010
6 16 March 6, 2011 June 5, 2011 June 12, 2011
June 13, 2011
7 23 February 7, 2012 June 26, 2012 July 10, 2012
July 16, 2012
8 22 April 1, 2013 August 5, 2013 August 12, 2013
August 19, 2013
August 26, 2013
9 21 April 14, 2014 August 18, 2014 August 25, 2014
September 1, 2014
10 24 June 8, 2015 November 12, 2015 October 19, 2015
October 26, 2015
November 1, 2015
11 21 June 20, 2016 October 31, 2016 November 7, 2016
November 14, 2016
November 21, 2016
12 21 July 10, 2017 November 13, 2017 November 20, 2017
November 27, 2017
13 21 July 16, 2018 November 19, 2018 November 25, 2018
December 2, 2018
December 9, 2018
14 23 August 6, 2019 December 17, 2019 December 18, 2019
December 23, 2019
December 26, 2019
15 16 October 14, 2020 January 13, 2021 January 20, 2021
January 27, 2021
16 19 December 1, 2021 April 13, 2022 April 20, 2022
April 27, 2022


  • It was first supposed to named Behind the Gates and Andy Cohen wanted to pull it from airing because he thought it wasn't interesting.
  • RHOC was the first ever "Real Housewives show in the franchise" and the longest running, starting in 2006.
  • Michael, Vicki Gunvalson's, son, first wanted to do the reality show, Behind the Gates, and make it about him and his friends, but the producers requested for his mom to audition and then it became about the women in the high social circles of Orange County.