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The Real Housewives of Orange County

The Real Housewives of Orange County

  • Premiered: 
    March 21, 2006
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Scott Dunlop 
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Plot Synopsis

This one-hour docu-reality series offers an inside look into the lives of a group of real-life housewives living in an exclusive gated Southern California community, exposing the excitement, extravagance and everyday drama that exists in their unscripted and unrehearsed lives. Reeling from the repercussions of divorces and dissolving friendships in Season 7, for the show's eighth season, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino welcomed new brunette Heather Dubrow, a former actress and now stay-at-home mother of four, who's married to a prominent Newport Beach plastic surgeon. For Season 8, which premiered on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 8pm ET on Bravo, these five women welcomed a new housewife: OC heiress Lydia McLaughlin, who along with her husband Doug, owns and operates a high-end magazine that highlights the glamorous life of Southern California. In Season 8, Vicki finds herself on a roller coaster of emotions, celebrating the highs of being a new grandmother to Briana's new baby boy, while struggling to make her controversial relationship with Brooks survive. Tamra's life was paradise at the end of last season, as Eddie proposed on the beaches of Bora Bora, but reality starts to sink in when the couple moves in and struggles to merge their separate lives. Wedding bells and babies are on Gretchen's mind, and with her boyfriend, Slade, landing a job as a radio DJ, the path is paved for Gretchen to take the next big steps in her life. Heather's life as a stay-at-home mother takes a sharp turn as offers for acting roles on two popular sitcoms roll in. Feeling bullied and betrayed, Alexis turns to Vicki for comfort and friendship, but it's the new Housewife, Lydia, who appeals to Alexis' faith in an effort to achieve forgiveness -- with surprising and mixed results. On Monday, June 24, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT, RHoOC celebrated its 100th episode with a two-hour special that featured classic clips and interviews with current and former housewives. Immediately following an all-day marathon (6am-9pm ET/PT) of encore episodes, RHoOC returned for its ninth season on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. In Season 9, long-term friendships are put to the ultimate test as Vicki, Tamra and Heather are joined by two new ladies -- the quirky-yet-fearless Shannon Beador and the opinionated former beauty queen Lizzie Rovsek. Plus, a new friend of the housewives, Danielle Gregorio, finds herself caught up in the drama. In the season opener, Vicki finds her life in turmoil once again, as her divorce from Donn is finalized and she struggles to move forward with Brooks after his clash with Briana at last season's reunion. Newcomer Shannon gives Heather a peek into her quirky lifestyle choices. Heather invites Vicki and Tamra for a girls-only weekend trip to Honolulu following her guest role on HAWAII FIVE-O, but tensions arise when they try to get Heather to lose the fancy pants. Bravo premiered the tenth season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, shortly after an all-day marathon (9am-8pm) of encore episodes from the show's ninth season. In Season 10, original housewife Vicki Gunvalson returns along with Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow and Shannon Beador who are joined by the sexy and opinionated new housewife Meghan King Edmonds. Friend of the housewives, Lizzie Rovsek, also finds herself mixed into the drama as the ladies test the limits of loyalty, the depth of deceit and the bonds of friendship like never before. This season, the truth threatens to tear everyone apart, as one of the wives celebrates the miracle of life and another is stricken by tragedy. Vicki's on-again off-again relationship with boyfriend Brooks Ayres takes a big leap with the news that he has moved into her home in Coto de Caza. After finding herself on the outs last season, Tamra tries to reinvent herself as she celebrates the birth of her first grandchild. Heather is overwhelmed raising her four kids, launching her businesses and staying on budget as construction continues on their mega mansion, while her husband Terry spends more time working and less time by her side. Lastly, Shannon prides herself on being an open book, but with her marriage still a work in progress, she will do whatever it takes to keep her family together. On Monday, June 20, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered the eleventh season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY. with Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Beador and Meghan King Edmonds returning. dThis season, friendships are tested, forgiveness is earned, and alliances turn, when a new bold and brash housewife, Kelly Dodd. Last season left Vicki on the outs with the ladies, but with Brooks finally out of the picture; she tries to get her friendships back on track and helps her daughter Briana move back to Orange County. As Tamra gets ripped for a fitness competition, her son Ryan's relationship with baby mama Sarah is ripped apart. Heather's mega mansion is way behind schedule as she finds herself in single mom territory as Terry works more than ever. Shannon and David find their marriage rekindled and renewed but the stress of selling their house and moving into a new one threatens to throw her into a downward spiral. Step-mom Meghan is ready to take the leap to biological motherhood when she tries IVF to get pregnant, but is frustrated that her baseball husband, Jimmy Edmonds, might not be as hands-on as she would like.
Bravo premiered Part 3 of the three-part Season 11 reunion of the RHoOC on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. The reunion concludes with the ladies recounting their traumatic experience in Glamis. Old wounds are opened as Meghan finds herself on the defensive for her lack of sympathy towards Vicki after the accident. When the ugly drama of Ireland is discussed, emotions run high and Shannon is driven to her breaking point. In Part 2, Kelly faces the music for her behavior this season and reveals some shocking secrets about her past. Heather goes head-to-head with Kelly about her outbursts at the sushi party, while Shannon talks about her vow renewal and rocky relationship with her mother-in-law. Vicki's daughter Briana visits the couch to dish about her mom's relationship with the truth. One week earlier in the first part, the reunion kicks off as the women come together to grill Vicki. Tamra talks religion, being a peace maker and her award-winning ass while Meghan opens up about her baby blues and her relationship with Jimmy. When the 70's party accusations fly, new housewife Kelly stands her ground. Part 3 debuts one week later.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Kaufman Films (Season 1)
  • Produced by Dunlop Entertainment (Season 1)
  • Produced by Evolution Media (Season 2 - Present)


  • - California USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • January 11, 2007: First time an entire episode is legally posted on YouTube

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • January 22, 2008: Lauri Waring and George Peterson are married
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