The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Sunday 10:00 PM on Bravo Premiered May 12, 2009 Between Seasons





The Real Housewives of New Jersey Fan Reviews (10)

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  • grow up and act like women

    This show is a joke. All the women need to grow up and act their age. They act worse than teenagers. I watch this show for a good not be watching anymore. What TV has come too. What a shame.
  • I would rather see

    I would rather see Jacklin and Carolina then Dina they are so much but
  • Really????

    To say that this show is garbage would be an insult to garbage. In fact, I am pretty sure watching this show kills brain cells. I just wish the rating options went into negatives because 1 seems way to high.
  • Appauled!

    I have been a fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey for a very long time, and after watching last night's episode and what took place, I swear they all acted like children. So immature and all love to push each other buttons. I will not be watching this show, no more. I just wanted to state my option. Good luck to the show in the future, but I will not watch another again.
  • On Behalf of the State I Live in, I Sincerely Apologize for These Imbeciles

    In a nutshell, this show is about a group of middle aged women who are rich and cause petty fights for no real reason other than to get paid. But what makes this show stand out is the trashy maniac Teresa Giudice, who is known as the "villain" and is part of the reason why people think New Jersey is ***ed. But I want everyone to know that not everyone form New Jersey acts like this, and those who do are considered idiotic meatheads. Again, I can't stress it enough how sorry we are we made these morons famous.
  • teresa

    can you admit you wrong ,you are crazy i love Melisa gakuline
  • Teresaaaah

    LOL that woman is crazy. Who needs enemies when you got friends like that....
  • Teresa

    Can Teresa really not understand that she has done so much wrong? Can she really think that she has done everything right? I love the show but to listen to her makes me sick on my stomach. I know that people like to see drama but she has gone overboard. Thank goodness she is going to therapy even though she believes that it's only for her brother. She is actually the only one that needs therapy!!!
  • After one episode, you're HOOKED!!

    I love love love this show!! Sor far, it's the only 'Real Housewives' series I've watched (I will be watching the first episode of Orange County tomorrow on ITV2 so we'll see how it goes! :D) so I reckon it will always be a personal fave. I think I first watched this is the summer, maybe shortly before, and it was the first season's reunion episodes. When I watched it, I HAD to know more! The series stars Danielle, the one the women have a strong distaste for; Caroline, the matriarch; Dina, Caroline's younger sister who was a workaholic; Jacqueline, the nice one; and Teresa, the fiery diva who doesn't care how much she spends! I've watched the whole of the second series which was fab, and I have 2 episodes left to watch for the first season. I am looking forward with catching up on the glam ladies lives when it next airs in the UK!! Ciao!! :) xxx
  • I was so impressed by the first episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" that I watched last night (delayed) and came across this great article on the Washington post that embodies my thoughts exactly! ... read it here

    You Want Real? Jersey 'Housewives' Offer Real Guilty Pleasure

    When an Internet gigolo who calls himself "Gucci Model" fails to show up for his first date with a cougarly 45-year-old named Danielle, she phones from the appointed bar and leaves a very bleepable message on his answering machine. "Okay, have a good life," she concludes, "or die -- I don't care."

    Gucci Model's cold feet deprived the producers of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" with a potentially great -- that is, cringe-worthy -- scene, but they still have a surplus of those. Bravo's new reality series, premiering tonight on the eclectic, once-classy channel, is by turns outrageous, hilarious and mortifying but, as networks like to boast, never dull.

    Among other things, Danielle and the four other women profiled in the series suggest that Carmela Soprano was absolutely no exaggeration. The Jersey Girls in the series -- fourth in a franchise behind Orange County, New York City and Atlanta -- actually make Mrs. Tony Soprano look demure and conservative by comparison.

    The series doesn't qualify as sociology, except of a superficial kind, or even as real "reality," though that's the programming category it fits in. Whatever else it is, the show is supremely entertaining. Smartly edited and cleverly constructed -- the George Washington Bridge serving as a visual transition -- the series marks another auspicious entry to television's vast stockpile of Guilty Pleasures. It's the Tuesday-night series most likely to be talked about on Wednesday morning, the completion of many a question along the lines of "Did you see that?"

    One problem, of course, is that television already has Guilty Pleasures aplenty -- so many that it may be time to start a Guilty Pleasures channel, GPTV, which could operate like the Fox Reality Channel: reruns of examples from the genre (including the so-bad-they're-good things) and maybe some of that "original programming" that repository channels always insist on creating. Yes, there are people who would sit and watch this stuff day-in and night-out as a substitute for living lives of their own.

    "Real Housewives of New Jersey" is a rhapsody in beige, a fascinating journey through a world of $1.5 million houses, minimum price -- although the full effect of the nation's economic collapse seems not yet to have been felt, in the premiere. The women keep themselves in shape, most of them, but their major exercise is acquiring stuff. And always the homes must get bigger, bigger, bigger. One woman conducts a tour of the cavernous behemoth she and hubby are building in suburbia, all marble and granite and onyx (Oh, my!). "I am going for the French chateau look," she deadpans, shelling out wads of cash at a furniture store for atrocious reproductions of the already ersatz.

    The women primp and prattle, go shopping at boutiques and play tennis at the country club, and try to raise children who are "fabulous." They keep their husbands either at bay or well under control, and speak in cliches like "not my cup of tea," "curiosity killed the cat" and "thick as thieves."

    They are thick as thieves, curiosity doesn't kill these cats so much as sustain them, and if their lives -- or "lifestyles" as they prefer to call them -- are not your cup of tea, that hardly means you won't revel in a good wallow. Just think: These people really exist. They really talk like that, and dress like that, and get coiffed to the gills like that.

    Materialism is gospel and luxuries unapologetically worshiped. Danielle boasts that she had the first black American Express Card (the hardest one to get) in New Jersey: "I actually got mine before Madonna did."

    "In high school, I had 'the big hair,' and I thought I was the hottest thing," recalls Teresa, who drives the requisite bad black SUV. "My husband, Joe, is gorgeous," she insists, then visits him in the sparsely furnished and temporary-looking offices of his "construction business." Her friend Dina, introducing herself at the outset, says: "If you think I'm a **** bring it on. If you don't know me, keep your mouth shut." Caroline and her husband run a profitable catering service and head up what Caroline calls "a good old-fashioned Italian family." Caroline's son Christopher, 19, wears a T-shirt that says simply "Yo" in the upper left-hand corner; his version of the American dream is to open a chain of combination carwash/strip clubs.

    But it's the divorced and slightly desperate Danielle who's the most fascinating of the group, and the oldest, and the one who appears to have the largest number of story possibilities. When the young man she met on the Internet, and had "wow" phone sex with for months, fails to show at the bar for their first date, she holds her remodeled chin high and keeps her dignity just as firmly as she kept the wedding ring from her collapsed marriage.

    The word "housewife" fell out of favor with the first flush of feminism, but these women use it without complaint to describe themselves. Besides, the term implies being married to a house, and for some of the women, that seems clearly to be the case. Meanwhile, it seems from the very first chapter that -- unless later episodes get into the recession -- a sequel is in order, a chance to see whether these women escape economic calamity or succumb. "I don't want to struggle with money," Danielle says. Who does? If only the choice were ours to make.