Real Housewives of New York City, RHONY


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...

Real Housewives, Nene, Bethenny, LuAnn, Yolanda


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 101 of them.


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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.)

The Real Housewives of Potomac Cast

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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.

Kimberly Bryant

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Tammy Knickerbocker


Again, who?

DeShawn Snow


Once upon a time, DeShawn starred on the same TV show as NeNe Leakes. Surprising, we know.

Quinn Fry


Her defining trait was "cougar." Yawn.

Real Housewives of Dallas Season 2, Kameron Westscott


On the one hand, she's the Housewife who introduced the world to pink dog food. On the other hand, she's the Housewife who introduced the world to pink dog food.

Siggy Flicker, Real Housewives of New Jersey, RHONJ


From peacekeeper in season one to unrelenting complaints about a thrown cake and unfounded claims of anti-semitism in season two, we're not sure we've ever seen a quicker Real Housewives fall from grace than this one.

Peggy Sulahian, TRHOOC

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While it was nice to see some diversity in the lily-white O.C., Peggy ultimately proved to be a frustrating presence in season 12. The fights she chose to fight were bizarre, and often involving someone using a word she didn't understand, and her decision to simply hide out in her room for an entire day during the trip to Iceland proved that she isn't really cut out for this Real Housewives life.

Dolores Catania

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Points for being willing to go toe-to-toe with Danielle Staub. Points subtracted for being unwilling to fault BFF Siggy on just about anything.

Karent Sierra

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All we remember about Karent is that she was a dentist and none of her co-stars seemed to like her at all. Next!

RHOM, Cristy Rice

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This was a real person with a show on Bravo. We promise.

Jules Wainstein, Real Housewives of New York City


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. 

RHOM, Larsa Pippen

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If only we knew then that she was Kim Kardashian's BFF...

Ana Quincoces

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Better luck on Next Food Network Star, Ana!

Joyce Giraud de Ohoven, RHOBH, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills


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.

Cindy Barshop


Cindy was supposed to be the new Bethenny Frankel. Cindy was no Bethenny Frankel.

Amber Marchese, Real Housewives of New Jersey


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.

Teresa Aprea, Nicole Napolitano

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So unnecessary they couldn't even get individual taglines.

Lizzie Rovsek

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Another one of OC's one-and-done Housewives.

Cary Deuber

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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.

Real Housewives of Dallas Season 2, D'Andra Simmons


Her willingness to call BFF LeeAnne Locken on her BS, as well as the introduction to her delightful mother Mama D, are why D'Andra's ranked as high as she is.

Lydia McLaughlin

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Lydia's biggest storyline her first time around was trying to get her mom to stop smoking weed. Buzzkill! And her return to the franchise four seasons later did nothing to change our opinion on her, though her willingness to go toe-to-toe with Shannon Beador was admirable.

Tiffany Hendra

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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.

Lisa Hochstein

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Lisa's struggle with fertility was an emotional watch, but that was about all there was of note on her time on Miami.

Real Housewives of Dallas, Stephanie


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?

Alexia Echevarria

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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.

Adriana De Moura Sidi

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Adriana was the right kind of crazy. Too bad she was stuck on the sinking ship that was Miami.

Real Housewives of Miami, Joanna Krupa


Joanna's most memorable Housewives contribution was her offscreen feud with Brandi Glanville. That's not how this works, Joanna. 

Marysol Patton

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Marysol was only kept around because her mom Elsa was such a riot. You know, we know, and she knows it.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, RHOBH, Kathryn Edwards


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.

Lea Black

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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!

Kelly Dodd, Real Housewives of Orange County


After coming into the O.C. like a feral cat in her first season, Kelly rebounded wonderfully in her second, presenting a much more likable version of herself to the cameras. That old ferociousness was still there, but she knew when to pick her battles and was generally on the right side of things. 

Real Housewives of Dallas


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.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Season 7, 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.)

The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Margaret Josephs, RHONJ


The first blonde in the Garden State since Dina Manzo, Margaret quickly revealed herself to be no sufferer of fools. That proved to be disastrous for her budding friendship with Siggy Flicker, but entertaining for us at home. She weathered Siggy's below-the-belt accusation of anti-semitism with more grace than we probably would have, but never let her off the hook for it either. And bonus points for bringing Marge Sr. into our lives. Who doesn't love a kooky Real Housewives mom?

Lisa Wu Hartwell

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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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Lynne actually received an eviction notice on camera. Never forget!

Jo De La Rosa

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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. 


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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!

Peggy Tanous,The Real Housewives of O.C.

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Peggy came in as a friend of Alexis Bellino and immediately revealed she once dated her husband. What a pal!

Real Housewives of New York City, 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.

Kristen Taekman, The Real Housewives of New York City

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Remember the time that Ramona Singer threw a wine glass at her face? 

Michaele Salahi, Tareq Salahi

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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!

Real Houswives OC, Lauri Waring Peterson

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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. 

Alex McCord

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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?

Claudia Jordan, Real Housewives Atlanta


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.


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What do you think about Tinsley's spot on the list? Too high? Too low? Or just right? Sound off in the comments below!

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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