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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 Season 12 of RHoOC on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, with Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Meghan King Edmonds and Kelly Dodd all returning, along with familiar face, Lydia McLaughlin (Season 8), who is back to mend broken friendships in the OC. With wounds still fresh from last season, the ladies draw their lines in the sand. They are joined by new housewife Peggy Sulahian, marking the 100th housewife to join the franchise. This season, things are looking up in Vicki's life -- her relationship with new beau Steve is getting serious, her business is expanding and she finally has her daughter Briana and grandbabies back in the OC. Except, Vicki and Tamra still find themselves at a major crossroads in their decade long friendship. Tamra, still filled with anger and resentment from last season's accusations, struggles to find forgiveness. Her feud with the OG of the OC has pushed her even closer to God as she reconnects with her old friend Lydia over bible study. Back into the fold, Lydia tries to reclaim her title of "Friendship Whisperer" by attempting to mend fences with Vicki and Tamra, but quickly realizes that being Switzerland will be easier said than done. The residual stress from last year's bus ride from hell leaves Shannon in a vulnerable state as she tries to refocus her energy on getting into shape, keeping the spark alive in her marriage and caring for the newest member of the Beador clan, dog Archie. New mom Meghan finds motherhood rewarding but difficult as she struggles with lack of sleep, post-partum hormones and Jimmy being an overbearing father. Meanwhile, for Kelly, her marriage to Michael is still complicated, but when Tamra and Shannon befriend her, it makes everyone around her question what her motives are. In the season opener, "The Great Divide," Vicki is busy expanding her business and moving offices, Tamra is reuniting with an old friend, while Shannon struggles with her weight and her marriage. Kelly's concerned her mother's becoming a hermit and Meghan is making her way back to Orange County after the birth of her baby, Aspen. Returning housewife Lydia is determined to bring Tamra and Vicki back together.

Season 13 of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY premiered on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo, as Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd are joined by two feisty new housewives Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. After the surprising reconciliation between Vicki, Tamra and Shannon at last season's reunion, the ladies are working to rebuild their friendship and regain each other's trust. But they all know it will take more than a hug to repair the rumors, betrayal and damage done over the years. Newly single, Shannon and Kelly have both moved into new homes and find that they are approaching their post-divorce life very differently, as they navigate the dating world, raise their daughters and launch their own careers. Vicki and Steve's relationship is still going strong, but the OG of the OC wants him to commit and be more than just a boyfriend. Meanwhile, Tamra fears that a health scare for Eddie could have bigger consequences than just sidelining her husband from CUT Fitness. In the spirit of reconciliation and new beginnings, Tamra brings her estranged friend Emily and acquaintance Gina into the group to shake things up in the OC.

The fourteenth season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY premiered Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. Tamra Judge, Shannon Storms Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson return for the new season and are joined by new housewife Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Season 14 highlights include: Tamra moving on up, settling into her new home behind the gates of the neighborhood that started it all, Coto de Caza; Shannon, having shed over forty pounds and the baggage of her marriage, is back on the fun bus as she juggles her many suitors; Kelly has ditched her "bench" in favor of her new boyfriend, Dr. Brian, a plastic surgeon; Gina leans on the ladies more than ever as she opens up about her heartache and mistakes, while powering her way through a difficult year; Emily carries the full load of her home life, functioning as a single mother to her three young kids and step kids, while Shane is busy studying for the California Bar exam; new housewife Braunwyn, brought into the group through Kelly, is a mother of seven with a full house including a baby, toddler, twin kindergarteners and three teenagers; Vicki finds herself in the hot seat once again after hopping on the rumor mill train, but Steve finally pops the question that she has been eager to hear. In the season opener, "New Friend, New Flames," Shannon feels better than ever after shedding over forty pounds and the baggage of her marriage. She immediately hits it off with Kelly's new friend, Braunwyn, a mom of seven children. Gina starts the year dealing with the ramifications of a recent DUI, while Emily takes on the role of single mother when her husband Shane studies for the California BAR exam. Kelly settles down and is smitten with her new beau, a successful plastic surgeon. Tamra has moved into a new home in her dream neighborhood of Coto de Caza, but is troubled that her sons are not speaking.
On Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered the finale of the three-part THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY Season 14 reunion. The reunion concludes as the confrontation between the OG of the OC and the new housewife escalates as Vicki tries to shame Braunwyn over her behavior. Andy wishes Vicki farewell, Emily talks about the worst year of her life, and Shane joins the ladies providing a surprising perspective on their marriage. Gina's emotional and difficult year is discussed, including a post-season incident that involved the police. The ladies toast to an eventful Season 14 with a nod to their trip to Miraval. In Part 2, tensions flared between Kelly and the Tres Amigas as the ladies continued their debate about what went down at Miraval, including all of the rumors that were lobbed at Kelly. Braunwyn opens up about how the show has complicated her relationship with her mother, Dr. Deb. Emotions run high as the Kelly versus Vicki feud is replayed and Kelly gets emotional about the loss of her former friend. Tamra gives updates on her family and her new business. Questions about Tamra's true motivations as a friend turns into a heated argument between Kelly and Shannon. The group trip to Florida is brought up and Vicki surprises everyone by insisting Braunwyn and her wilder ways has "destroyed" the show she created. Previously, Part 1 kicked off by discussing the return of "Fun Shannon" and Shannon gives an update on her love life.


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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