TV Tango Search


|              FREE: Ask a TV Expert

The Real Housewives of Orange County

The Real Housewives of Orange County

  • Premiered: 
    March 21, 2006
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Scott Dunlop 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags:

Buy This Show on DVD or Watch Online

  • Click a button to buy a DVD at Amazon
  • Season 1
    • Amazon
  • Season 2
    • Amazon
  • Season 3
    • Amazon
  • Season 4
    • Amazon
  • Click icon to watch or own full episodes
    Season 1
    Season 2
    Season 3
    Season 4
    Season 5

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 two new housewives are:

Emily Simpson: A true rags-to-riches story, Emily is an Ohio transplant who came from nothing and willed herself to great success to become an attorney, a part-time party-planer, a wife and a mom. However, motherhood has been a bumpy road for her after years of fertility and pregnancy issues. Resigned to the fact that she could not successfully carry her own children, Emily's sister Sarah stepped in as a surrogate for all three of Emily and her husband Shane's children - daughter Annabelle and twin boys Luke and Keller. With three children under five, and two step-daughters from Shane's previous marriage, Emily and Shane, are trying to plan out the future of their family and their careers together. Emily planned Tamra's baby shower for granddaughter Ava a few years back, but had a falling out with her shortly after befriending some of Tamra's former besties. Now focusing on mending the toxic relationships in her life, Emily hopes that she can find true friendships with the ladies.

Gina Kirschenheiter: This expressive outsider from Long Island is shaking up Southern California and its politically correct Orange County ways. As a mother of three kids under the age of 5, Gina keeps her expectations low and her patience high. With her husband working and living in Los Angeles during the week, Gina is a single mom of sorts, which causes her to re-evaluate what she wants and needs in her marriage. Having only lived in Orange County for 3 years, she is still acclimating and is quickly learning that friendships in the OC aren't always what they seem.

In the season opener, "The Next Chap," Tamra has moved into a new home, and as part of their divorces, both Shannon and Kelly have downsized, while also adjusting to life as single mothers. Vicki, who has marriage on the brain, is now co-habitating with her boyfriend Steve, though he is in no rush to pop the question. Tamra goes on a hike with her estranged friend Emily to try to clear the air, but at home is dealing with Eddie's health scare. With the help of her friends, Shannon finally takes off her wedding ring and Kelly brings the ladies together for a ropes course.


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
    • Click icon to watch or own this full episode