Parents' Guide to

The Real Housewives of Orange County

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Part trash, part social study. Iffy for teens.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2006
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+

Use to be fun

This use to be funny, just a group of women of all ages coming together as friends . Sometimes with arguments that were real enough to believe. Now it’s all about who can try to shock the most. Which is really looking like stupid trashy older women. Who wants to see 40 yr olds kissing yuk! Or running naked with plastic boobs. Please all your doing is embarrassing your kids grow up.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
age 18+

This season is the worse

I use to enjoy the show however this season its all about women kissing each other. I can't understand if the show is Real housewives why all the kissing is all about. I have stop watching this show all together. is the WORSE and BRAVO TV should not allow this type of show to continue on a weekly bases. This show should be on Cable, Bravo is a family channel.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The Real Housewives of Orange County is a mix of voyeuristic trash and compelling sociological study. Watching these women live lifestyles that many would envy, viewers see both the superficiality of their experience and their shared humanity. Watching the show could be a sobering experience for teens who think that money really could buy happiness.

Kim is the proto-typical soccer mom with an executive husband who works for a Fortune 200 company. She shuttles her two kids to their various activities while wearing designer clothes that show off her hard-earned slender figure and her generous bust (thanks, breast implants!). Jeana is a successful real estate agent with three children. She's married to a former major league baseball player, and her two sons are expected to follow in their father's footsteps. Jo is the youngest of the group at 24. She's engaged to a wealthy executive who tries to control her youthful proclivities and corral her into playing stepmom to his children. The other two women, Vicki and Lauri, are equally compelling and repulsive.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 21, 2006
  • Network: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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