When Sonja Morgan introduced the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City to her new house guest—and their new co-star—Tinsley Mortimer, we never would've thought that the temporary roommates would spend much of season nine at each other's throats.
But that's exactly what happened as Sonja attempted to (s)mother her house guest, who was returning to the Big Apple for good following a disastrous end to a relationship that involved Tinsley's arrest. Fights over whether Tinsley was acting grateful enough gave way to Page Six items echoing much of Sonja's same complaints, prompting an over-the-top season finale party complete with male models wearing shirts that read "Thank you, Sonja."
Tinsley's inaugural season wasn't all Sonja struggles, all the time, however. She formed a close friendship with Carole Radziwill of all people, found love with her new pal's friend Scott, and who can forget when she opened up about her anal sex experience during a particularly eye-opening game of Truth or Dare in Vermont? Not us.
Now that her first season is behind her and she begins pleading with Andy Cohen for the chance to return, it's time to consider where her performance ranks among her peers. All 98 of them. Did she outshine last season's one-and-done Jules Wainstein? And how does she stack up to legends of the franchise like Bethenny Frankel, Lisa Vanderpump and NeNe Leakes? Let's find out...
The Official Ranking of The Real Housewives
We at E! News can't get enough of The Real Housewives. We obsess over their feuds, we interject their taglines into conversations on the regular, we even download their hilarious songs. But not all Housewives are created equal. For every Teresa Giudice, there's a Tammy Knickerbocker.
We proudly present the official ranking of The Real Housewives. All 99 of them.
99-96. The Real Housewives of D.C.
Bravo's ill-fated attempt at highlighting our nation's capital brought together four women so forgettable you'd be forgiven for erasing them from your memory and one so desperate for fame that she crashed the White House. More on her later. (Those forgettable ladies? Mary Amons, Lynda Erkiletian, Cat Ommanney, and Stacie Scott Turner.)
95-89. The Real Housewives of Potomac
After two seasons, we can't be bothered with Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Robyn Dixon, Ashley Darby, Charrisse Jordan-Jackson, Monique Samuels, and Katie Rost's incessant arguments about etiquette or who the "Grande Dame of Potomac" might be. Sorry, not sorry.
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88. Kimberly Bryant, RHOC
87. Tammy Knickerbocker, RHOC
86. DeShawn Snow, RHOA
Once upon a time, DeShawn starred on the same TV show as NeNe Leakes. Surprising, we know.
85. Quinn Fry, RHOC
Her defining trait was "cougar." Yawn.
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84. Dolores Catania, RHONJ
Too new to rank any higher on this list.
83. Siggy Flicker, RHONJ
Siggy shows potential, but, at press time, she's only been in one episode. It's too early to tell.
82. Kelly Dodd, RHOC
Again, too new to the franchise to rank any higher. Points for the truly unorthodox living arrangements, though.
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81. Karent Sierra, RHOM
All we remember about Karent is that she was a dentist and none of her co-stars seemed to like her at all. Next!
80. Cristy Rice, RHOM
This was a real person with a show on Bravo. We promise.
79. Jules Wainstein, RHONY
As RHONY's most recent one-and-done, Jules' tenure was too brief to rank any higher. However, she sure did deliver her fair share of drama.
78. Larsa Pippen, RHOM
If only we knew then that she was Kim Kardashian's BFF...
77. Ana Quincoces, RHOM
Better luck on Next Food Network Star, Ana!
76. Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, RHOBH
Nothing more than a punching bag for Brandi Glanville. Plus, her tagline celebrating the icky notion that you can never be too skinny was gross.
75. Cindy Barshop, RHONY
Cindy was supposed to be the new Bethenny Frankel. Cindy was no Bethenny Frankel.
74. Amber Marchese, RHONJ
Everything Amber and her husband Jim did seemed to reek of desperation. Plus, he was involved in more of the drama than she was. Not a good look.
73-72. Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano, RHONJ
So unnecessary they couldn't even get individual taglines.
71. Lizzie Rovsek, RHOC
Another one of OC's one-and-done Housewives.
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70. Cary Deuber, RHOD
Cary proved herself willing to stand up to the loudest of voices (e.g. LeeAnne Locken), but something about her marriage makes us uncomfortable. Maybe it's her husband's weird obsession with buying her entire wardrobe.
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69. Lydia McLaughlin, RHOC
Lydia's biggest storyline was trying to get her mom to stop smoking weed. Buzzkill!
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68. Tiffany Hendra, RHOD
Tiffany never really had a storyline of her own in the first season of Dallas. Unless trying to convince her Keith Urban-lite husband that living in Texas was a good idea is your idea of riveting television.
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67. Lisa Hochstein, RHOM
Lisa's struggle with fertility was an emotional watch, but that was about all there was of note on her time on Miami.
66. Stephanie Hollman, RHOD
Stephanie's BFF relationship with Brandi Redmond is a delight, but Brandi always shines a bit brighter. Also, WTF is up with Stephanie's husband and his lists?
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65. Alexia Echevarria, RHOM
Points for wisely stepping away in season two to focus on her son after his horrific accident, but Alexia was never that interesting on her own.
64. Adriana de Moura, RHOM
Adriana was the right kind of crazy. Too bad she was stuck on the sinking ship that was Miami.
63. Joanna Krupa, RHOM
Joanna's most memorable Housewives contribution was her offscreen feud with Brandi Glanville. That's not how this works, Joanna.
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62. Marysol Patton, RHOM
Marysol was only kept around because her mom Elsa was such a riot. You know, we know, and she knows it.
61. Kathryn Edwards, RHOBH
We all cheered when Kathryn took on the infamous Faye Resnick as soon as she made her Beverly Hills debut. And then we snored through the rest of her brief time on the show.
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60. Lea Black, RHOM
Lea was the grande dame of Miami and her co-stars knew it. No one dared cross her. Also, her husband once represented Justin Bieber in court!
59. Brandi Redmond, RHOD
Did you ever expect a Housewife to talk about poop so much? We didn't. We also didn't expect to be as delighted by it as we were.
58. Dorit Kemsley, RHOBH
Dorit, she of the indiscriminate European accent (despite being born in Connecticut) and boorish husband PK, came in hot when she was added to RHOBH in season seven, immediately pitting herself against fan-fave Erika Girardi in a feud that seemed to only exist in her head. She generated some great drama, but her inability to defend herself articulately against her superior co-stars prevents her from ranking any higher. (And if we ever hear the word Pantygate again, it will be too soon.)
57. Lisa Wu-Hartwell, RHOA
Lisa was a perfectly fine Housewife, but we don't want just fine. Not when she's sharing the screen with NeNe Leakes.
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56. Lynne Curtin, RHOC
Lynne actually received an eviction notice on camera. Never forget!
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55. Jo De La Rosa, RHOC
Jo was the first Housewife to explore her musical pursuits, kicking off one of our favorite trends in the franchise. But points deducted for being the person to foist Slade Smiley upon the world.
54. Carlton Gebbia, RHOBH
The franchise's first and only practicing Wiccan, Carlton was quite a character. Unfortunately, she never really seemed to want to be around any of the other women. At all. Bye, witch!
53. Peggy Tanous, RHOC
Peggy came in as a friend of Alexis Bellino and immediately revealed she once dated her husband. What a pal!
52. Tinsley Mortimer, RHONY
With just one season under her belt, RHONY's ninth, the former socialite's story mostly involved her tumultuous time crashing at Sonja Morgan's townhouse, where her friend treated Tinsley like her surrogate daughter—for better or (mostly) worse.
51. Kristen Taekman, RHONY
Remember the time that Ramona Singer threw a wine glass at her face?
50. Michaele Salahi, RHODC
Michaele is the only reason anyone even remembers RHODC. Unfortunately, that's because she and her husband crashed a state dinner at the White House on camera. The White House!
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49. Lauri Peterson, RHOC
Lauri's time on RHOC was often consumed by her kid's brushes with the law, but her villainous return in season eight was very entertaining.
48. Alex McCord, RHONY
Alex never really felt like a part of the group, nor did she seem to have the mettle to wrestle with the big dogs. Remember the way she always broke out into hives during confrontations?
47. Claudia Jordan, RHOA
Claudia dared to take on NeNe Leakes and lived to tell the tale. Unfortunately, she couldn't tell it on camera because she was given the boot after just one season.
46. LeeAnne Locken, RHOD
The franchise's first former carny, LeeAnne's temper was unlike anything we'd ever seen before. She even went after a camera man during one particularly fiery outburst!
45. Kim Fields, RHOA
Kim never really belonged on RHOA. She knew it, her co-stars knew it, and they all acted accordingly. It was never a good fit.
44. Meghan King Edmonds, RHOC
Might Meghan be the youngest Housewife ever? Point for her dogged investigation into Brooks Ayers' cancer claims, for which she was ultimately vindicated.
43. Eileen Davidson, RHOBH
For a soap star who knows from drama, Eileen usually fails to deliver in her real life. Womp womp.
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The Real Housewives of New York City's three-part reunion special begins Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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