Parents' Guide to

The Real Housewives of New York City

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Voyeuristic reality series moves to the Big Apple.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

New York housewives pandemic

Well...I'm a long time housewives fan. Now it's the current season. Eff that. Don't wanna hear your views. Don't care.
age 13+

Great show

Can be iffy at times but other wise it's a great show and fine for teens

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Unlike some of their Orange County counterparts, these non-traditional housewives aren't just Botox-injecting big spenders; they also wield some real professional and social power in Manhattan. Bethenny, for example, is a celebrity chef and was a runner up in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, while LuAnn uses her position as Countess de Lesseps (thanks to her French aristocrat husband) to benefit multiple charities. And, like any loving partners and/or parents, they want to provide their loved ones with the best. But despite their hard work and good intentions, the greediness and self-important attitude these women often exhibit sometimes makes them difficult to like and usually hard to take seriously.

Though not particularly exciting, the series offers some voyeuristic pleasure -- especially for those who like looking at how "the other half" lives. But the show's emphasis on status and materialism doesn't send a great message to kids. Still, teens might connect with some of the parent-child dynamics and the exploration of other, more personal issues if they can see through the endless flaunting of wealth and the privileges that come with it.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 22, 2008
  • Network: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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