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The Real Housewives of New Jersey

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Photo Credit:  Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo
  • Premiered: 
    May 12, 2009
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Part of the REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise, following The Real Housewives of Atlanta 
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Plot Synopsis

Another addition to the REAL HOUSEWIVES, this series follows a group of the Garden State's most affluent ladies and the families they run. These best friends do everything over-the-top, from their decorating, to their dating and their fighting. THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY showcases the McMansions and lavish lifestyles of these women and all the drama that money can buy. Teresa Giudice is a true Jersey girl born and raised, is married to Joe for ten years, and devotes herself to her four beautiful daughters: Gia, Gabriella, Milania and baby Audriana. Caroline Manzo is always putting family first as a devoted wife of 27 years to Albert, who runs The Brownstone, and mother of three children, Albie, 25; Lauren, 23; and Christopher, 22. Jacqueline Laurita is a former cosmetologist from Las Vegas and now a full-time New Jersey housewife, married to Chris -- who happens to be the brother of Caroline Manzo -- and is the mother of 8-year-old CJ, 2-year-old Nicholas, and 20-year-old Ashley from a previous marriage. Melissa Gorga joined RHoNJ in Season 3, but was already part of the family -- her husband Joe is Teresa's brother. Kathy Wakile also joined RHoNJ in Season 3, and she too was already part of the family -- Teresa is her first cousin. In Season 4: Melisa continues to focus on her music career and gets help from celebrity choreographer Chris Judd; Caroline keeps busy with her brother's gay wedding and helps her daughter Lauren with her weight loss issues; Kathy has her mouth and hands full as she expands her delicious dessert line and keeps her two high school teenagers in check; Struggling with certain friendships and loyalties, Jacqueline finds herself at a breaking point. In Season 5, which premiered on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT: Melissa continues to focus on her music career and gets help from celebrity choreographer Chris Judd; Caroline keeps busy with her brother's gay wedding; Kathy expands her delicious dessert line; Jacqueline struggles with certain friendships and loyalties; and the ladies takes trips to the Jersey Shore and Northern California. THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY returned for its sixth season on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on Bravo, with Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga joined by Dina Manzo and newcomers Amber Marchese, identical twin sisters Teresa Aprea and Nicole Mauriello. This season, Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, fight to keep their family intact as they embark on a very public legal battle for their freedom. Teresa's oldest friend, and veteran housewife, Dina, returns to help her soul-sister, but ends up revealing her own private pain. With a divorce on the horizon and her daughter, Lexi, heading off to college, Dina attempts to face her fear of dating in the 21st century. Things do not come up smelling like roses this season for Melissa, as she partners with her husband, Joe Gorga, hoping to begin a career in the sanitation business. Melissa's friend from the past, Amber, a no-nonsense Jersey native and breast cancer survivor, tries to rekindle their friendship, but stirs up trouble in the process. Teresa Aprea and Nicole are identical twins with an over- the top Neapolitan style. Teresa Aprea and her husband, Rino, own one of the most prestigious Italian restaurants in Little Italy. Nicole is a two-time divorcee, struggling to balance her career as a jet broker and her new relationship with a man her family doesn't approve of. Bravo premiered Season 7 of the THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. Teressa Guidice and Melissa Gorga are joined by two new Housewives, Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker, along with the return of a true Jersey veteran, Jacqueline Laurita. Also appearing this season are sisters Kathy Wakie and Rosie Pierri. This season, Teresa looks to repair fractured relationships with her family and friends. Although her release from prison brings the Giudice family back together, the reunion is short-lived as they only have a few months before Joe begins his sentence. After growing closer to the Gorga family while Teresa was away, Melissa now fears it may all crumble and hopes she can start fresh with her sister-in-law, permanently putting the past behind them. Meanwhile, Jacqueline, whose main focus continues to be helping her autistic son, longs for the "Lucy and Ethel" friendship she had with Teresa and is willing to bury their history if it means a more lighthearted future. Teresa and Jacqueline's longtime friend, Dolores, is a divorced mom of two, focusing on a road toward independence as she emotionally and financially recovers from two failed relationships. Siggy, another friend of Jacqueline's, fits right in with the Jersey group with her dynamic personality and high energy, as she navigates her relationships with her children who find her overbearing at times. But just as these five 'wives begin to form strong bonds, relationships are on the verge of breaking -- and when old friends meet new friends, it may mean no friends for some. Season 8 of RHONJ premiered on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo, as new housewife Margaret Josephs joins returning Ladies Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania. When thrown into the Jersey scene, the self-proclaimed "powerhouse in pigtails" holds her own, even if that means clashing with some of the other women. Not to mention, the highly anticipated return of Danielle Staub shakes everything up this season when she comes back ready to reopen old wounds and reveal new secrets. This season, the women are faced with new trials and tribulations that test their close-knit friendships. In the midst of their newfound familial peace, Melissa is thrown a curve ball when Joe and Teresa decide to open a family restaurant without consulting her. Dolores has finally found the man of her dreams, but when her ex-husband asks to move back home, it jeopardizes her own romantic future. After finding overwhelming success with her book and speaking engagements, Siggy decides it's time to take her career to the next level. Ironically, this causes relationship issues of her own as her husband questions her commitment to work-life balance. Meanwhile, as Teresa comes to terms with life as a single parent with Joe in prison, her world becomes further fractured by the heartbreaking and sudden death of her mother. The dynamic of the group gets thrown off-course when Danielle Staub re-enters the picture after years of total absence, threatening a 20-year friendship between Teresa and Dolores. Tensions rise even more between Siggy and new housewife Margaret on a ladies trip to Boca, forcing all of the ladies to quickly choose sides. After years of rebuilding old relationships and establishing new ones, will these women rise above the obstacles thrown at their friendships, or will they realize that some bonds are, in fact, meant to be broken? In the 75-minute season opener, "Shaddy Beach," as Teresa struggles with the loss of her mom and the reality of being a single parent, her friends plan a getaway to Boca Raton. Dolores' ex-husband Frank moves back in and Siggy's career aspirations cause friction in her marriage. Siggy introduces Margaret Josephs to their group, but tensions flare when Danielle Staub makes her return.
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered "Reunion Secrets Revealed," a new one-hour special that reveals funny and surprising never-before-seen moments from the ladies of the Garden State: a Gorga/Giudice Easter celebration gets completely out of control, Margaret and Siggy show surprising BFF potential at a photo shoot, Danielle crosses the line in the Gorga's Restaurant bathroom, Gia reveals her true feelings about her dad returning home, and more. One week earlier in the finale of the two-part Season 8 RHONJ reunion, Teresa accuses Kim D of being a Madame, Danielle and Dolores' face off, and the whole cast revisits their epic trip to Italy where one comment about Hitler changed the nature of their friendships forever. Earlier in Part 1, the ladies of Jersey came back together to hash out their differences, relive their funniest moments and reflect on the loss of Teresa's mom. But the biggest surprises came when Kim D arrived on set, forcing the ladies to take sides and pushing Teresa to her limit. The one-hour "Reunion Secrets Revealed" special premieres next week.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sirens Media


  • - New Jersey USA