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11 Best Real Housewives Spinoff Shows

Bravo has done an incredible job marketing The Real Housewives and making each iteration of the franchise shine on its own. Knowing how many women have the potential for more fame and fortune on The Real Housewives, there have been multiple spinoffs created from cities like Atlanta, Beverly Hills, and New Jersey.

Whether it’s a short spinoff that shows a cast member planning her dream wedding or a completely different series showcasing a Housewife’s family or place of work, these Bravo spinoffs are loved by fans. The storylines and drama shown throughout are completely different from what viewers see regularly on Real Housewives, and it shows the Housewives in a different element on their own.

Caroline Manzo’s family hit the ground running in season 1 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. As one of the best OG cast members of the Real Housewives franchise, Caroline is among the most beloved. She was different from any other Housewife in her series: straightforward, didn’t entertain petty gossip, and an intimidating force in the group. Although she was tough with her friends, she was a softie at home.

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Caroline’s three kids and husband were as entertaining as she was, so Bravo gave the family their own spinoff called Manzo’d with Children. The reality show lasted for three seasons and revolved around Caroline and her family outside The Real Housewives universe. What made it special was its focus on family.

In the spring of this year, Bravo gave The Real Housewives of Potomac’s Karen Huger a spinoff called Karen’s Grande Dame Reunion. Similar to other spinoffs, Karen went back to her roots and reconnected with the family she had in Virginia.

Fans grew to love Karen’s relationship with her husband and her kids. And since she talked so much about Surry County, fans were excited to see where Karen hailed from.

When The Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel left the series to focus on her then-marriage and baby with Jason Hoppy, Bravo gave her a spinoff called Bethenny Ever After. The spinoff was one of Bravo’s highest-rated shows at the time because fans couldn’t wait to see Bethenny in her element as a wife, mother, and businesswoman.

The series lasted three seasons, but fans loved getting to know the real Bethenny outside of the hustle and bustle of RHONY. Sadly, Bethenny and Jason ended their relationship a year after the final season aired. These days, fans enjoy rewatching Bethenny’s iconic quotes in reruns of Bethenny Ever After and RHONY.

Kandi Burruss is a Housewife who cannot be stopped. She’s one of the few Housewives with multiple spinoffs and is one of the most likable Real Housewives of Atlanta cast members.

In 2015, Bravo followed Kandi and her husband Todd as they brought both sides of the family on a ski trip. Kandi’s chaotic family life has been shown numerous times on RHOA, and her relationship with her mom (Mama Joyce) has been an ongoing storyline throughout the series. Because of her bumpy relationship with Mama Joyce, a deeper look at their family life made great TV.

Don’t Be Tardy was one of Bravo’s first spinoffs from The Real Housewives universe. When former RHOA star Kim Zolciak-Biermann decided to no longer be a part of RHOA and wanted to focus on her marriage to former NFL star Kroy Biermann and their growing family, Bravo kept the cameras rolling and gave her a spinoff, Don’t Be Tardy.

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Before the spinoff, Real Housewives of Atlanta fans wondered what Kim was up to, so a spinoff was the right move. It first aimed at her wedding to Kroy, but once they were married, it extended to their life as a blended family as they welcomed new babies, career opportunities, and light-hearted drama. With eight seasons to its name, it was one of Bravo’s longest-running spinoffs from The Real Housewives universe.

Teresa Giudice made one of the most shocking decisions in Real Housewives history when she committed fraud and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. As a wife and mother of four, it was heartbreaking to see her separated from her family.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey cameras rolled as she prepared herself for prison, but took a small break from the series while she was away. In the meantime, Bravo created a three-episode spinoff called Teresa Checks In. The special showed what life was like for her children, friends, and extended family while she was away. It was an emotional and raw spinoff that couldn’t be duplicated.

Tamra Judge has been through a lot during her long tenure on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Despite some naysayers, it was heartbreaking watching Tamra’s divorce from Simon Barney unfold in the early seasons because of how broken she was. That all changed when she met Eddie Judge. The two balanced each other perfectly, and he changed her life for the better. When they became engaged, Bravo gave the couple a spinoff called Tamra’s OC Wedding.

The series started five weeks before their wedding and finished with the big day in the third episode. Her wedding day was one of Tamra’s best episodes during her time on RHOC.

Vanderpump Rules was the first spinoff for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. During RHOBH, Housewife Lisa Vanderpump showcased her busy life as a restaurant owner. Her restaurant SUR proved to take up most of her time because of her controversial staff, which was when Bravo got involved.

Vanderpump Rules follows the close-knit workers of SUR as they went through the ups and downs of living in Hollywood. Vanderpump Rules has had some iconic moments over its nine-season run and is still going strong.

In 2018, Bravo tried creating a spinoff of two Bravo shows: The Real Housewives of New York and Million Dollar Listing: New York. Bethenny Frankel was already a big name in her RHONY fandom, so she teamed up with another Bravolebrity, Fredrik Eklund, for a spinoff about real estate.

The two New Yorkers were friends in real life and teamed up to buy, flip, and rent properties. They had a lot of fun along the way, but the series lasted for only one season. Nevertheless, it was exciting watching the friends from different shows as a duo.

Bravo made Real Housewives fans’ jaws drop when they created the spinoffs of all spinoffs, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. The series had wives from various cities in the franchise come together for a magical vacation under one roof.

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Seeing Housewives from other cities mingle with one another was entertaining because the fourth wall was broken, and they explained things that the other Housewives may not know about them. It’s one of the newer spinoffs, but season 2 was released last summer and a third is currently in the works. Fans want to see previous cast members make appearances on Ultimate Girls Trip to catch up on what they’ve been up to.

In 2014, Bravo couldn’t resist showing another Housewife get married when they gave Kandi and Todd a spinoff for their nuptials. The series had five episodes and followed Kandi and Todd as they finished up details for their big day.

As always, the drama with Kandi’s family made up a portion of the series, but everything was pushed aside when it came to their wedding day. Kandi’s Wedding was one of Bravo’s best spinoffs and proved how much fans loved Kandi and her personal life.

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