The Real Housewives of Orange County: Drama in the OC

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The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo)

Series Overview

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” (RHOC), part of the Bravo TV franchise, has been a staple in reality television since its debut in 2006. Over the years, the show has gained a massive following, offering viewers an unfiltered look into the opulent lifestyles, friendships, and, of course, the drama of a group of affluent women living in Orange County, California. Let’s dive into the glitzy world of RHOC and explore what has made it a long-standing favorite among reality TV enthusiasts.

A Glimpse into Orange County Affluence

RHOC follows the lives of a diverse group of women, each navigating the challenges and luxuries of living in one of the most affluent communities in the United States. The show provides a peek into the opulent homes, glamorous parties, and lavish lifestyles of its cast members. From extravagant shopping sprees to luxurious vacations, RHOC creates a captivating narrative around the lavish experiences money can buy.

The Cast

One of the key elements contributing to the success of RHOC is its dynamic cast. Over the years, the show has introduced viewers to various women, each with their unique personalities, backgrounds, and storylines. From original cast members like Vicki Gunvalson to newcomers who inject fresh energy into the series, the diverse ensemble cast keeps the show interesting and ever-evolving.

  • Alexis Bellino
  • Tamra Barney
  • Gretchen Rossi
  • Jeana Tomasina
  • Lynne Curtin
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Jo De La Rosa
  • Jeana Keough
  • Heather Dubrow
  • Kelly Dodd
  • Lauri Peterson
  • Lizzie Rovsek
  • Lydia McLaughlin
  • Meghan King Edmonds
  • Peggy Sulahian
  • Peggy Tanous
  • Quinn Fry
  • Shannon Beador
  • Tammy Knickerbocker
  • Tamra Judge
  • Vicki Gunvalson

Drama, Conflict, and Unforgettable Moments

At the heart of RHOC lies the drama – the conflicts, confrontations, and emotional rollercoasters that keep viewers hooked. The show thrives on the unpredictability and intensity of its interpersonal dynamics, whether it’s explosive arguments during dinner parties, tearful reconciliations, or jaw-dropping revelations. The conflicts often revolve around friendships, family relationships, and personal struggles, creating a relatable yet sensational narrative.


One of the unique aspects of RHOC is the exploration of the genuine, long-lasting friendships that develop amidst the chaos. While the show is notorious for its heated arguments, it also showcases the evolution of relationships over time. Viewers witness the highs and lows of friendships, marriages, and familial bonds, offering a more authentic and humanizing perspective on these women’s lives

RHOC has not been without its share of controversies as with any reality TV show. From legal troubles to personal scandals, the cast members have faced public scrutiny on and off-screen. The show’s ability to navigate through these challenges while maintaining its popularity speaks to its resilience and ability to captivate audiences, even in the face of real-life controversies

List of Episodes

Following is a list of season episodes for The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Season 1

The first season includes six episodes and a reunion show.

  • E1 – Meet the Wives – In the first episode, we meet the real housewives of Orange County. First, Kimberly talks about her breast implants. Meanwhile, Jo is trying to adjust to married life. Later, Vicki goes big to help her daughter celebrate graduation.
  • E2 – Is It Hunting Season, Yet? – Unfortunately, rabbits are every. Luckily, Shane develops a reputation as a rabbit killer (how proud he must be). Later in the show, Jo’s fiance’ Slade, prepares for a high-powered meeting. Then, Vicki takes her daughter and friends on a cruise.
  • E3 – Upgrading Has Nothing to Do With You, Honey
  • E4 – Talk, Talk, Talk
  • E5 – Cut the P and Lem out of the Problem, and you get ROB
  • Shocking News
  • E6 – The Finale
  • Reunion

Season 2

  • E1 – The Housewives are Back!
  • E2 – Be Nice to the New Girl
  • E3 – Watch Out Bitches!
  • E4 – Relationships Are Better Than Your Head
  • E5 – Stranger In Your House
  • E6 – Studio, Jewelry, and Babies
  • E7 – Jo Jo the Housewife
  • E8 – Birthday Sex
  • Finale
  • Real Housewives Confess: A Watch What Happens Special

Season 3

  • Behind The Orange Curtain
  • My Baby is All Grown Up
  • Girls Gone Wild
  • Pantry Raid!
  • Rebels Without a Cause
  • The Boys of Summer
  • Moving Violations
  • Family Vacation
  • Frienemies
  • Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
  • Here Comes The Bride
  • Real Housewives Confess: A Watch What Happens Special

Season 4

  • Are They for Real
  • Hold on to Your Daddies
  • Love Tanks
  • You Just Don’t Get It
  • 120 in the Shade
  • Cut!
  • And They’re Off…
  • Naked Wasted
  • Why Are You Being So Mean To Me?
  • The Girls Want To Come Out And Play
  • Vegas Baby
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Bling Bling
  • Real Housewives Confess: A Watch What Happens Special
  • Real Housewives of Orange County: The Lost Footage

Season 5

  • When the Times Get Tough, the Tough Go Shopping
  • Friends, Enemies, and Husbands
  • It Ends in Coto de Caza
  • It’s All About Choices
  • Friends, Face-lifts, and Florida
  • All Girls Weekend
  • Love and War
  • Let Bygones Be Bygones
  • No Boundaries
  • I Can’t Stop
  • Nothing Is as It Seems
  • You Can Dish It, But You Can’t Take It
  • Let’s Bow Our Heads and Pray
  • This Is How We Do It in the O.C.
  • Is This All There Is?
  • Reunion Special, Part 1
  • Reunion Special, Part 2

Season 6

  • Amped Blondes and Evil Eyes
  • Shameless in Seattle
  • A New Lease on Life
  • Body Shots
  • No Hate
  • What a Difference a Year Makes
  • Riches to Rags
  • Kiss and Tell
  • Whine Pairings
  • It’s Not a Competition
  • Cutting Loose
  • Fashion Victim
  • Girl Fight
  • Reunion, Part 1
  • Reunion, Part 2
  • Lost Footage Special

Season 7

  • Stranger Things Have Happened
  • Southern Hospitality
  • The Honeymoon Is Over
  • Who’s Laughing Now
  • He Said What?
  • The Party’s Over
  • Under the Knife
  • Dirty Housewives
  • Bowling for Champs
  • Cabin Fever
  • What’s New, Pussycat?
  • Bombs Away
  • Whine & Cheese
  • Happily Never After
  • Scream Therapy
  • Rumble in the Jungle
  • Monkey Business
  • Will He or Won’t He?
  • Finale Part I: Let Them Eat Cake
  • Finale Part II: Are You In or Out?
  • Reunion, Part 1
  • 100th Episode: Reunion, Part 2
  • Lost Footage

Season 8

  • Bullies and Babies
  • Evil Eyes and Evil Faces
  • Making Up Is Hard to Do
  • It’s My Party, and I’ll Scream if I Want to
  • The Party Is Done!
  • A Star Is Reborn?
  • Whines by Wives
  • Hot in Orange County
  • Speech Therapy
  • Viva Mexico
  • Dirty Dancing in Mexico
  • Chicks and Salsa
  • Wedding Dress Stress
  • The Cold War
  • Hold Your Tongue
  • Crossroads
  • An Immodest Proposal
  • Cold Shoulders
  • Reunion, Part 1
  • Reunion, Part 2
  • Reunion, Part 3

Season 9

  • Hawaii 5 Uh-Oh
  • Meet & Potatoes
  • Fakes-giving, Fake Friends
  • Pretty Ugly
  • I Couldn’t Chair Less
  • Showdown at the Hoedown
  • Choke-Lahoma
  • Not So Silent Night
  • Not A Good Day LA
  • Skunk in the Barnyard
  • Making Woo-Hoo-Py
  • La-Bomb-A
  • Point `Break’
  • Fully Loaded
  • Valentines And Birthday Whines
  • Bali Highs and Lows
  • Eat, Pray, Run
  • All Apologies
  • Reunion Part One
  • Reunion Part Two
  • Secrets Revealed

Season 10

  • Under Construction
  • Take a Swing
  • Whine Country
  • Charity Case
  • Game Changer
  • Full Circle
  • Bowling in Heels
  • Judgy Eyes & Tahitian Skies
  • Swimming With Sharks
  • Girl Code
  • A Psychic Surprise
  • Racing To The Truth
  • Sex, Lies & Leeches
  • A Storm Is Coming
  • Fire Signs
  • Suspicious Minds
  • Broken Records
  • Satan Loves Confusion
  • Baptism By Fire
  • Reunion, Part One
  • Reunion, Part Two
  • Reunion Part Three
  • Brooks Tells All (30 min)
  • Secrets Revealed

Season 11

  • When The Ship Hits The Fan
  • Making Friends But Not Amends
  • Lies in the Air, Sand in My Hair
  • Frozen Assets
  • Boogie Fights
  • Frenemies of the State
  • Something’s Fishy
  • Shannon Gets Her Groove Back
  • Woo Hoo Weekend
  • Shock and Roll
  • The Moral Minority
  • Stage Moms and Dropped Bombs
  • Bye, Bye Beadors
  • Secrets, Lies and Vicki’s New Guy
  • Shamrocks and Shockwaves
  • Bringing Up Old Ghosts
  • Puppet Strings and Tamra’s Wings
  • Vicious Lies and Broken Ties
  • Reunion Part 1
  • Reunion Part 2
  • Reunion Part 3

Season 12

  • The Great Divide
  • It’s Either My Way Or the Feng Shui
  • The Not So Quiet Woman
  • We Have A New Puppet Master
  • Moving In, Moving On and Moving Fast
  • The Sip-N-See Stand-Off
  • Un-Noble Women
  • Run For Your Wife
  • Drag Bingo Bombshell
  • Loose Lips Sink Friendships
  • Breast Intentions
  • Farm-to-Table Manners
  • Don’t Rock the Boat
  • Armenian Rhapsody
  • Mystic Mistake
  • An Unexpected Thaw
  • A Case Of The Vickis
  • The Real Vikings of Orange County
  • Candle Wicks and Lunatics
  • Reunion Part 1
  • Reunion (Part 2)

Get a first look at Season 13:

Executive Producers

Following are the executive producers for The Real Housewives of Orange County:

  • Andy Cohen
  • Alex Baskin
  • Bill Fritz
  • Bill Langworthy
  • Douglas Ross
  • Greg Stewart
  • Scott Dunlop

Production Company

  • Evolution Media

Filming Location

The show is filmed primarily on location in Orange County, California.

More Information

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” has become a cultural phenomenon, providing viewers with a guilty pleasure escape into its cast members’ glamorous yet tumultuous lives. The show’s ability to balance opulence with relatability and drama with authenticity has contributed to its enduring success. As RHOC continues to evolve with new seasons and cast members, it remains a captivating and entertaining exploration of the highs and lows of life in the Orange County social scene.

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