15 Real Housewives Couples Ranked From Worst To Best

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Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise has been around for a long time! The first installment aired way back in 2006 and now the franchise has grown to include many separate shows, numerous seasons and even some spin-off series. Since the show has been around for so long, there’s often a revolving door of cast members on each show who come and go each season. Similarly, there are a few Housewives who have been around since the beginning which allows viewers to get to know them and their relationships quite well! Many couples on this list have been on the show for multiple seasons while others are brand new — here’s our ranking of 15 Real Housewives couples from worst to best!

15. LuAnn de Lesseps and Tom D’Agostino Jr.

In the most recent season of The Real Housewives of New York City, LuAnn de Lesseps started dating Tom D’Agostino Jr. At first it seemed like she was trying to be coy and hide the relationship from the cameras, but that didn’t last long, soon she was telling the other Housewives she was in love and even thinking of marriage. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true. LuAnn and Tom had only be dating for a few weeks before rumors began swirling that fellow Housewives Ramona and Sonja both dated Tom and that he had a reputation of being a ‘womanizer.’ Despite all of this, LuAnn accepted his marriage proposal after only a few weeks of dating and they began planning their wedding. While on a trip to Miami with the girls to celebrate her engagement, Bethenny bombarded LuAnn with info (and proof) that Tom had been spotted making out with another woman only a few days prior. However, not even this could break them up! It’s clear this relationship moved way too fast and is already riddled with infidelity and lies. Regardless, they are still set on getting married this upcoming New Year’s Eve and only time will tell how long their relationship will last!


14. Kelly and Michael Dodd

Kelly Dodd is the newest Housewife on The Real Housewives of Orange County. She joined the show for season 11 and one of her main storylines revolves around her tumultuous relationship with her husband, Michael. When Kelly and Michael appear on-screen together she is often seen bickering with him, calling him out for not being a good husband and bringing up the fact that their marriage isn’t perfect. During her interviews she’s constantly throwing her relationship under the bus and openly talking about contemplating a divorce. It seems like these two have a huge problem with communication and there’s not a whole lot of respect for one another. Kelly openly states that the only reason she’s still married to Michael is because she doesn’t want to split time with her daughter, Jolie. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Michael, although it’s clear from his drinking and lack of communication that he’s not entirely innocent either. Hopefully these two can work it out for the sake of their family…and they should probably do it off-camera.


13. Teresa and Joe Giudice

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice have become two of Bravo’s biggest and most controversial stars. They’ve been with the RHONJ from the beginning in season 1, but since joining the show they’ve run into a lot of legal trouble that has unfortunately been aired out on the show. Joe and Teresa were both charged with 41 counts of fraud, including wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Joe was charged with tax fraud because he failed to file his tax returns from 2004 to 2008. Teresa stood by her husband through all of their legal trouble even though she had no idea any of this illegal conduct was happening. She now claims that she makes sure to be more involved in their financial paper work. Teresa has already completed her 15 month sentence while Joe is currently serving his 41-month sentence. In addition to all of this legal trouble, there have been many tabloid rumors about Joe’s infidelity. Leading up to his jail time, he was drinking a lot and treating Teresa badly on camera, and he contributed to a lot of problems with her side of the family. This marriage has no doubt had a lot of ups and downs!

12. NeNe and Gregg Leakes

NeNe Leakes is one of the most well known Housewives from the Real Housewives franchise. She has been a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Atlanta for the past eight years and her husband, Gregg Leakes, has appeared alongside her for much of that time. These two have had a tumultuous relationship with a lot of ups and downs. Firstly, Gregg has five children from previous relationships. He also has a criminal past and there are rumors that his children do not get along with NeNe and that he has a ‘wandering eye.’ None of these things are a good ingredients for a happy relationship! Their marriage started to fall apart in season 3 when NeNe and Gregg separated from one another. He then filed for divorce a few months later on April 29, 2010 and the divorce was finalized on September 11, 2011 after season 4 finished filming. In an odd twist of events, NeNe and Gregg reunited and announced they were engaged in January 2013. Their second wedding was filmed for a spin-off series called I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. They were remarried on June 22, 2013 and have been together ever since!


11. Shannon and David Beador

Shannon Beador has been a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County since season 9. She’s appeared alongside her husband, David Beador who’s gotten a lot of airtime on the show due to his infidelities. During their first season the couple seemed like they were headed for trouble. They were constantly bickering and at one point David even threatened to leave her. It wasn’t until later on that viewers found out that David was having an affair with another woman in Orange County. Things went so far that he brought his mistress to meet his family. He also confessed his love for her and even told their children he was leaving their mother. By season 10, the couple was on the mend and going to counselling to work through the affair. Now in season 11 these two seem to be doing a lot better. It’s quite remarkable how far they’ve come and while we can’t forget how bad their marriage was in season 9, we have to applaud them for choosing to move forward and working hard to maintain their family. Shannon and David still have their little spats and it sometimes seems like David is checked out, but he seems very invested in keeping their family together.

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10. Erika “Jayne” and Thomas Girardi

Erika Girardi, also known as Erika “Jayne”, was one of the new Housewives to join the latest sixth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of speculation and a little bit of judgement surrounding her marriage to Thomas Girardi who is 32 years older than her. When the two met, Erika was a cocktail waitress. She quit her job when she married Tom and began focusing on her music career. The term “gold digger” has passed many people’s minds, we’re sure, but the couple have been married for 15 years now, so it’s clear their marriage is the real deal. However, there’s a new concern that has surfaced since the show aired and it calls into question whether Erika is a little too submissive to her husband, Tom. It seems like Erika walks on egg shells around Tom and he sometimes talks down to her which is never a good thing in a relationship. There was one particular incident when Tom scolded Erika for interrupting him when they were out for dinner. Many people were surprised because Erika would never tolerate that from any of the women on the show, but she was more than happy to back down to her husband. Erika chalks it up to respect, but we’re not convinced it works both ways in that relationship!


9. Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian

Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian have consistently been the center of gossip and conflict on The Real Housewives of New York City since they joined the show back in season 7. Arguably one of the most level-headed and drama-free Housewives on RHONY, Dorinda surprisingly finds herself dating a man who’s constantly at the center of drama. Thankfully, LuAnn’s engagement swept in this past season to take some of the pressure off, but it’s clear these two have a dynamic relationship. Dorinda has made it clear she doesn’t tolerate nonsense, so she’s not afraid of putting John in his place and she’s done so once (or twice) while filming the show. She has walked out on him during dinner, fought with him for not getting along with her friends and had a nasty spat with him when he showed up unannounced to her bra party to instigate a fight with Bethenny Frankel. These two are constantly up and down! But we must admit, we trust Dorinda’s judgement so on some level their relationship works just fine.


8. Brandi and Brian Redmond

Brandi Redmond was one of the main cast members in the newest Real Housewives show — The Real Housewives of Dallas. One of her main storylines this past season was about her marriage to her high school sweetheart, Brian Redmond. Brandi talked a lot about how he was constantly working, traveling and basically checked out of their relationship. The two bickered a lot on the show and it was clear that Brian was much more conservative than his fun-loving, prankster wife. There were a few instances on the show that showed their marriage was in trouble, like when Brandi was reunited with her estranged father and Brian wasn’t there to support her. He deliberately showed up late (and drunk) to their family BBQ. She also tried to confront him about her feelings during dinner on a “date night” and Brian walked away from her and basically shut down the conversation. Since the show aired, these two seem to be doing a lot better and Brandi claims Brian has completely changed his attitude since he saw his behavior on the show. We’re happy to hear they are doing better!


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7. Karen and Raymond Huger

Karen Huger was one of the main cast members for the first and only season of The Real Housewives of Potomac. This show is new to the Bravo family and hasn’t been around long, but viewers who watched the season got to know Karen and her husband, who she calls “the Black Bill Gates,” quite well. These two seemed to have a really good relationships and it’s clear Raymond will support his wife no matter what. When she was in a squabble with one of the other Housewives and her husband, Raymond made sure to have Karen’s back. The queen of etiquette speaks highly of her husband on and off screen and it’s clear she has a lot of respect for him and his family. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of them as the RHOP continues!

6. Melissa and Joe Gorga

Melissa and Joe Gorga not only look good together, they also work well together! These two have an adorable relationship and it’s fun to see their witty banter back and forth, especially if Joe ever has to watch their three children on his own! Joe Gorga is extremely supportive of his wife’s endeavors, whether it’s becoming a singer or opening her new fashion boutique. In the current season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey it’s clear Joe is having a hard time adjusting to his wife’s new found career, but regardless he’s proud of her success and he is doing his best to step outside of his “old school” Italian mentality. Not only does he support Melissa in her business endeavors, but when things weren’t going well between Melissa and his sister, Teresa, Joe stood behind his wife and fought hard against his own family. He’s definitely one of the best Real Housewives‘ husbands!

My pretty little entrepreneur. Proud of her   A photo posted by Joe Gorga (@joeygorga) on

5. Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd

Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd have been with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the past six seasons. These two have become one of the strongest power couples in the Real Housewives franchise. Lisa and Ken have a very different relationship from many of the other couples on the show. They got married six weeks after meeting one anther and even though there is a 16 year age difference between them, they’ve now been married for over 35 years! They aren’t exactly cutesy with each other (let’s chalk that up to being British), but it’s clear from their actions that these two are head over heels for one another. Ken and Lisa are not only a married couple, they are also each others best friend which is totally adorable. They work seamlessly together running their various business ventures and are totally supportive of one another on the show. Ken is fierce when it comes to defending Lisa against the other women on the show. There are times when he shouldn’t get involved in the women’s drama, but he definitely has good intentions by trying to defend his wife.


4. Stephanie and Travis Hollman

Stephanie and Travis Hollman are new to the Real Housewives franchise, but we love them already! The happy couple were featured on the first and only season so far of The Real Housewives of Dallas. They had a great relationship while filming especially considering their biggest problem all season was Travis leaving Stephanie to-do lists, which we had to admit was kind of funny! But when she brought it up with him, he seemed to understand and they worked through it without a hitch. It’s clear from Stephanie’s quirky and up-beat personality that Travis and her have a fun relationship and they definitely spoil one another! When the season finished filming, Stephanie revealed that her and Travis were in couples counselling throughout the entire filming process, not because they had problems, but just to make sure the experience wouldn’t hurt their relationship. Their dedication is pretty darn cute!

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3. Tamra and Eddie Judge

Tamra Judge started out on The Real Housewives of Orange County married to Simon Barney. Their relationship literally fell apart on the show when Tamra ended up screaming at him that she wanted a divorce on camera. She’s moved on since then and seems happier than ever in her relationship with Eddie Judge. We must say, we are fan of Eddie! He is the perfect match for Tamra, who can sometimes be a little hot headed and controversial. Eddie is extremely laid back, he doesn’t get involved in any of the drama on the show and he lets Tamra be herself which is something Simon never endorsed. Tamra and Eddie have been married for three years now and they are doing better than ever. The O.C. couple own a business together, CUT Fitness, and are extremely supportive of one another. It seems like these two bring out the best in each other. Tamra has been inspired by Eddie’s desire to be extremely fit and healthy and she’s becoming extremely fitness oriented and even entered a fitness competition! These two rarely fight and, if they do, they are always able to make amends quickly…unlike some of their co-stars!

Making memories with my beautiful wife, friend and lover. Thank you for being such an amazing woman. @tamrajudge   A photo posted by Eddie Judge (@eddiejudge) on

2. Heather and Terry Dubrow

Heather and Terry Dubrow are definitely a favorite couple among fans. They have one of the most solid relationships out of all the Real Housewives couples and most certainly on The Real Housewives of Orange County. These two are completely supportive of one another and definitely know how to make each other laugh! This Orange County couple have been married 17 years and have four children together! Heather has definitely struggled lately with Terry’s busy schedule, but she remains supportive of him and would never let it interfere with their relationship. It’s clear Terry works A LOT and is away from the family for extended parts of the day or week while he films his own spin-off series, Botched and Botched by Nature, but he does it all so he can bring home the bacon to pay for their luxurious life. Regardless of their small disagreements, these two know how to make it work! They recently wrote a book together called Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig and launched their own skin care line, all the while raising their family and building a new home.


1. Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky

Kyle Richards is a veteran Housewife and her husband, Mauricio, is a veteran Housewife husband who’s been deemed the hottest husband on the Real Housewives. This Beverly Hills couple have been married for 20 years and share three children together, as well as a fourth children from Kyle’s previous marriage. It’s clear from watching these two on-screen that they have a great marriage that functions like a well oiled machine. They are totally supportive of each other, make each other laugh, spend lots of quality family time together and most importantly — they still have the hots for each other! Unfortunately, Kyle and Mauricio have been the target of tabloid rumors which were made worse by other women on the show. It seems that has all blown over recently and these two have come out stronger through it all! Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky are without a doubt the best couple in the Real Housewives franchise.

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Katherine G

Katherine G

Katherine is the Managing Editor for Health and Parenting, but she has a soft spot for entertainment. She loves binging shows on Netflix, reality TV is a guilty pleasure, and country music is her go-to playlist. When she's not writing, she's spending time outdoors, especially with her puppy Zoey!