Vanderpump Rules: Exploring the Drama, Reality, and Glamour

Vanderpump Rules
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Series Overview

Vanderpump Rules is a reality TV series on the Bravo Network. The series follows the lives of the servers and bartenders at a trendy restaurant and lounge in Hollywood, California. At one point, several critics hailed it as one of the “best shows on TV” and has a huge following.

Vanderpump Rules: Cast Overview

Following is a list of the primary cast members for the show. Click on the cast member’s name for more detailed information.

  • Ariana Madix, Bartender, Girlfriend of Tom Sandoval
  • Brittany Cartwright, Server, Married to Jax Taylor (for the time being)
  • Kristen Doute, Server, Punching Bag to Katie and Stassi
  • James Kennedy, DJ
  • Lala Kent, Hostess, Sugarbaby
  • Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Full-time Mean Girl
  • Tom Sandoval, Bartender, Partial Owner of Tom Tom
  • Tom Schwartz, Model, Partial Owner of Tom Tomm
  • Stassi Schroeder, Server, and Event Planner
  • Scheana Shay, Server, Co-Dependent
  • Jax Taylor, Bartender, Rage Tweeter, Delusional
  • Lisa Vanderpump, Owner of Suhr, Pump, Tom Tom and former cast member on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH).

List of Episodes

Season 1

Episode 1 – Welcome to SUR – We’re introduced to the SUR restaurant and its staff of aspiring models, actresses, singers, and writers. We learn about the intricate web of past and present relationships that will serve as the undercurrent of tension for episodes and seasons.

Episode 2 – This is a Break-Up –

  • E3 – You Don’t Know Jax
  • E4 – Vegas with a Vengeance
  • E5 – I’m Not a Ghetto Bitch
  • E6 – Caught with Your Trousers Down
  • E7 – In Love with Someone Else
  • E8 – Last Call
  • Reunion

Season 2

  • Tooth or Consequences
  • Branded
  • Only the Lonely
  • Rumors
  • Surlesque
  • Lisa’s Angels
  • Addicted
  • Sherlock Stassi
  • Rich People Annoy Me
  • SUR of the Border
  • The Ultimatum
  • Til Death Do Us Part
  • Bitch Slap
  • I Lied
  • Reunion Part 1
  • Reunion Part 2
  • Secrets Revealed

Season 3

  • Instafight
  • All Fired Up
  • Grand Opening and Closure
  • Jax “Nose” Best
  • In the Doghouse
  • Kiss and Tell
  • New Girl, Old Grudges
  • Mind the Jax
  • What Happens in San Diego…
  • Bachelorette Beach Party
  • Tears Over Miami
  • A Stand Against Stassi
  • Miami Vices
  • Judgement Day
  • For Better or Worse
  • Ring on a String
  • Jax Cracks
  • Dethroned
  • Reunion Part 1
  • Reunion Part 2

Season 4

  • Playtime’s Over
  • New Blood
  • Pretty Little Lies
  • Happily Never After
  • Cock of the Walk
  • Love Bites
  • Spit Take
  • Dirty Thirty
  • What Happened in Vegas
  • No Strings Attached
  • Fully Engaged
  • Leis, Liquor, and Lies
  • The Bitch is Back
  • Sex, Lies, and Stassi’s Videotape
  • Pucker & Pout
  • Bitch Ghost
  • Beach, Please (120 min)
  • Too Little, Too Late
  • Just the T.I.P.
  • Push Comes to Shove
  • Reunion Part 1
  • Reunion Part 2
  • Reunion Part 3

Season 5

  • Summer Bodies
  • What Went Down
  • Call It Like I See It
  • Thirsty Girls
  • Cold Feet
  • Pride
  • The Sociopath Test
  • No Show
  • The Talk of Montauk
  • Summer House Rules
  • The D Pic
  • Jax’s Roast
  • Ambush
  • Into The Closet
  • Beads, Beers, and Tears
  • Man Tears and Braziers
  • Drag Battle
  • Regrets Only
  • Triple Trouble
  • Taco Tuesday, Wedding Wednesday
  • Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Schwartz
  • Reunion, Part 1
  • Reunion, Part 2
  • Reunion, Part 3

Season 6

  • Masquerade
  • Unfaithful
  • Back in the Saddle
  • Absinthe-minded – Unlikely drinking buddies Jax and James go out for drinks.
  • Sex, Lies & Audiotape
  • See You Next Tuesday
  • It’s Not About The Pasta
  • Best Mates
  • Call Me Jason
  • Screams and Queens
  • It’s All Happening
  • Wishful Sinking
  • Vegas! Baby?
  • Watch Your Back
  • Nothing Here for Me
  • Sur Going South
  • The Smoking Gun
  • Karma’s A Bitch
  • Reiki Breaky Heart
  • Lost Cause
  • Welcome To Tomtom
  • Reunion, Part 1
  • Reunion, Part 2
  • Reunion, Part 3
  • Secrets Revealed

Season 7

  • S7 – Episode 1 – A Decent Proposal – In this episode: The white Kanye insults Brittany, Jax threatens to kill him; several cast members lose family; Scheana gets dumped; Stassi has a new Beau; Tom and Tom are still struggling to be businessmen; Brittany hooked up while on a break with Jax; Stassi can’t keep a secret; the boys go ring shopping; Jax proposes to Brittany.
  • S7 – Episode 2 – Hope and Pride – The cast celebrates Pride Day in this episode. Kristen plans another takedown of James, using her friend Hope who claims to have slept with James many times. As the city celebrates, the drama unfolds, and the British Brat James Kennedy spirals further out of control.
  • S7 – Episode 7: Girls’ Night In – The show starts off at Brunch with Billie. Katie and Kristen show up, and Billie decides to confront the mean girls. Stassi launches an official holiday called OOTD, Outfit of the Day. Stassi struggles under her mom’s pressure, but Beau helps her cope. She hosts a kickoff party, and the whole gang shows up. The mean girls regroup and discuss their plans for a “Girl’s Night In” to counteract “See You Next Tuesday.” Katie and Kristen are baffled that LaLa plans to visit James at the studio instead of attending their party.

Vanderpump Rules: Filming Location

The show is filmed primarily in Hollywood, California. The primary filming location is the restaurant where most cast members work. The restaurant is called SUR, an acronym for Sexy Unique Restaurant.

About the SUR Restaurant

SUR is owned jointly by two couples. Guillermo Zapata ran SUR for about ten years. Guillermo met his wife, Nathalie, in the restaurant in 2001. Nathalie joined her husband in running the restaurant. In 2005, they met Lisa Vanderpump Todd and Ken Todd, a British couple who owned ten restaurants and bars in London. The two couples joined forces to take the restaurant to the next level.

Theme Song

The show’s theme song is “Raise Your Glass,” written and performed by Dena Deadly. Raise Your Glass is arguably the best theme song for any of Bravo’s reality TV shows. Only Southern Charm’s “It’s Easy” by Mia Sable comes close.

Facts and Trivia

Following is a list of little-known facts and trivia about the show and its cast members.

  • Stassi was on season 8 of The Amazing Race. She competed with her family. The family was eliminated after the fourth leg of the competition.

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