The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Money, connections, and looks are everything in this town.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Material wealth, networking, and physical beauty are central to these women’s lives.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The housewives usually come across as materialistic and catty. Some of them have a strong professional work ethic, while others are committed moms. A few of the women have problems curbing their spending when faced with financial problems.


Arguing, yelling, and occasional pushing and shoving. The women occasionally undergo minor plastic surgical procedures on camera that involve lots of needles and facial swelling.


Some sexual topics discussed, including references to genitals and intercourse. Some of the women discuss their fears about not being pretty and/or sexy enough to hold on to their husbands.


Words like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.


Wealth and materialism are major themes in the show. Brands visible include Rolls-Royce, Lincoln-Continental, Hummer, Versace (etc.). The Maloof Family’s various franchises, including the Sacramento Kings and the Las Vegas Palms Hotel and Casino are prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol (wine, champagne, mixed drinks) are served during dinners, cocktail parties, and other social events. Drinking sometimes leads to some inappropriate behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this installment of the Real Housewives franchise features some of the wealthy and privileged women of Beverly Hills, California. Like its sister shows, wealth and materialism are major themes here. The show features its trademark catty behavior among the women, as well as plenty of drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails), gambling, and some strong language (“s--t,” “f--k”, all bleeped).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxxxrodrigoxxx July 6, 2019


Very boring, grating and obnoxious. None of the characters are that interesting and none of the situations are really entertaining to watch. They do nothing but... Continue reading
Adult Written byAubie1982 July 5, 2016

Love it!!!

I like the show a lot, miss cammile and Brandy and Kim. All housewives are good to me only is Beverly Hills, the OC, & Atlanta & now New Jeres... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byboyleella April 25, 2021
Season 1 is a load of nonsense but really funny and overall entertaining and anyone could watch this. Season 2 includes possible drug misuse, abuse, suicide and... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat April 30, 2020

3 stars?!

HORRIBLE! This show is HORRIBLE!!!!!! One of the worst shows of all time!

What's the story?

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS showcases the glamorous lives of some of the women living in the city of make believe. The series features business woman Adrienne Maloof, a member of the Maloof family business empire, British entrepreneur Lisa Vanderpump, and business woman Taylor Armstrong. Camille Grammer, a dancer who is best known as actor Kelsey Grammer’s wife, and former child actress Kyle Richards are also part of the gang. Also joining the cast is Kyle’s sister, Kim Richards, a former Disney child star who finds it hard to connect with the Beverly Hills clan. From flying to basketball games in chartered jets to attending red carpet events, the housewives show how they work and live in a town where money, connections, and looks, are everything.

Is it any good?

Like its predecessors, much of the show’s focus is on how much these women have and how well they live. While some of these women pursue business ventures and have a strong work ethic, most of them are also married to very wealthy men. However, they are all pretty savvy when it comes to understanding that their status in Beverly Hills can change in an instant. 

The show features its fair share of catty behavior, salty language, and obnoxiously luxurious lifestyles. The sibling rivalry between the Richards sisters, and the conversations about the Grammer’s deteriorating marriage, also create some heated exchanges and some awkward voyeuristic moments. Bottom line? This show offers more of the same old Housewives drama, which means that franchise fans won’t be disappointed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Real Housewives brand. Why are these shows so successful? What kinds of messages do they send about consumerism?

  • Do you think that this series fairly represents what life is really like in Beverly Hills? Or do you think it is playing into existing stereotypes about the area and the people who live there?

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