Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey


The Real Housewives of New Jersey is a Bravo TV show which follows a small handful of women - with expensive tastes and over-the-top personalities - in their day to day lives. What makes the Real Housewives of New Jersey so appealing to viewers is the unique cast of characters including Teresa Giudice, a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband Joe and their four children; Jacqueline Laurita, a stay-at-home mom who lives with her husband Chris and their daughter; and Caroline Manzo, the oldest of the housewives who's been married for the better part of three decades.

The first two seasons of the show also featured Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub. They were replaced in season 3 by Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile.

One thing that makes The Real Housewives of New Jersey unique in the "Housewives" franchise is the fact that all seven of the women who have served in the title roles are related either by blood or by marriage, making their interpersonal relationships seem less contrived than on many reality TV shows where strangers are thrown into a situation to see what happens.

The most famous of the housewives is Teresa Guidice, who most frequently serves in the leading role, although the show is designed to be about all five women in equal share. Guidice, a loud brunette woman with strong opinions and even stronger emotions, is an author and small business owner.

Original episodes air Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Bravo
8 Seasons, 145 Episodes
May 12, 2009
Reality
3.8/10
Cast: Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, Melissa Gorga, Caroline Manzo
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey Full Episode Guide

  • As Teresa and Dolores try to repair their fragile friendship, Dolores drops a bomb on Teresa regarding Danielle.

  • Teresa takes her daughters and her dad on vacation to Puerto Rico, but the fun quickly turns into family turmoil.

  • As Dolores begins to get serious with her new boyfriend, Siggy comes up with a plan for dealing with her empty nest syndrome. Margaret starts developing a shoe line while Teresa, Melissa, and Joe prepare for the Gorga's tasting party. Melissa and Teresa get into a huge fight.

  • As the Gorga's restaurant opening approaches, tension mounts between Melissa and Teresa as they are forced to work together professionally.

  • Margaret throws a launch party for her purse line, but Siggy and Dolores refuse to attend; Teresa begins to work on a new book; Joe makes a business decision without consulting Melissa; Frank and Dolores spar over the best way to handle Frankie.

  • After a fight on their trip to Boca, Siggy and Dolores have aligned themselves against Teresa and Melissa in an argument. As the girls grow closer to Margaret, the rift between Margaret and Siggy turns ugly. Meanwhile, Dolores deals with the challenges of having her ex-husband and their son under the same roof for the first time in 18 years; and Joe Gorga tries to spend more time with his father, helping him deal with the loss of his wife.

  • As Teresa struggles with the loss of her mom and the reality of being a single parent with Joe still in prison, her friends plan a weekend getaway to Boca Raton to try to give her some rest and relaxation.

  • Conclusion. The crew is divided during continual reunion dramas. Joe Gorga and Chris Laurita enter the fray to discuss Teresa's stern accusation; Jacqueline says goodbye to a relationship; and Siggy's hope for the clan comes true in a shocking conclusion.

  • Part 1 of 2. A reunion starts with no one backing down when Melissa and Teresa confront Jacqueline. Also, Dolores reminisces on happier days when the group was in sink; Siggy talks about her hysterectomy; and Teresa throws out a shocking accusation.

  • Melissa throws her first fashion show in an attempt to show her boutique's legitimacy in the Season 7 finale. Also, Dolores shocks her ex-husband; Teresa ponders her financial future; and the ladies put off their discrepancies at lunch, where Siggy plays middle-man.

  • Anger builds as Dolores hosts a housewarming bash. Meanwhile, Melissa prepares for her fashion show; Teresa recovers from her first week minus Joe; Siggy sharpens focus on her mom; and a phone call ignites tension between Jacqueline and Dolores.

  • Teresa attempts to remain strong as she says goodbye to her husband, who starts a prison sentence. Meanwhile, Siggy goes to the Holocaust Memorial and ponders on her father's experiences, and a possible beam of hope shines on Jacqueline and Teresa's friendship.

  • The ladies attempt to regroup after a turbulent Vermont vacation. Also: Melissa gets negative news about her boutique; Jacqueline's husband shares shocking family info; Siggy has an important discussion; and Teresa gets ready for her husband's stay in prison.

  • The crew is split on the second day in Vermont. Here, Jacqueline is comforted in the wake of her disagreement with Robyn. Then, Jacqueline loses her temper with Teresa and Melissa, and Dolores and Siggy at last come to their breaking point.

  • The group heads to Vermont to a white mountaintop resort, but the trip has a rocky start when Jacqueline clashes with Teresa's pal, Robyn. Later, the heat is on when tempers flare around the bonfire.

  • Jacqueline gets emotional over a special proposal and Teresa gets upset during a tense family reunion with Kathy and Rosie.

  • Surprise visitors show up for Teresa's book signing. Meanwhile, Melissa concentrates on her marriage by putting together a family dinner; Dolores' business companion attempts to fire her up; and Jacqueline gains inside view into her husband's new business opportunity.

  • Melissa gets her daughter ready for a dance. In addition, Jacqueline hosts a poker night, but things get dicey with Rosie; Teresa has a book-launch bash that gets interrupted; and Siggy consoles a mourning Dolores.

  • A group outing to a spa is planned to honor Teresa's first weekend of freedom since removing her ankle bracelet. Also: Melissa's new business gets off to a rough begining; Siggy reveals new details about her husband's past; Dolores' 12-year-old dog is sick; Jacqueline is confused about what to do about her son; and Teresa and Jacqueline evaluate their relationship.

  • Teresa says goodbye to her ankle bracelet and the ladies plan a vacation to celebrate. Also: Siggy gets in touch with her religious roots; Dolores makes progress on her home remodel; and Melissa approaches Jacqueline about a clash with Teresa.

  • Old tensions rise when the Lauritas have the Giudices over for dinner. Meanwhile, Siggy's children deliver surprising information; Dolores seeks financial freedom; Melissa's kids walk in Fashion Week; and Teresa and Melissa bond.

  • Melissa's boutique launches, Teresa records her audio book, Jacqueline proceeds with her business endeavor, plus Dolores and her daughter talk about veterinary school. Later, Siggy and Teresa battle over tabloid hearsay.

  • Jacqueline surprises Teresa by showing up on her doorstep looking for answers. Meanwhile, Melissa runs into a hiccup with her new business companion, and Siggy serves up a Jersey birthday party for Dolores.

  • Christmas in the Garden State finds Melissa throwing a holiday meal, where she gets back together with Teresa. Then, Teresa gives an unexpected call to Jacqueline as Dolores plays mediator, and a choice to spend New Year's Eve away from family causes feelings.

  • In the season premiere, Melissa breaks ground on her new boutique despite Joe's disapproval.

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'Real Housewives' Star Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15 Months Prison Time

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Real Housewives of New Jersey Stars Teresa and Joe Giudice Charged With Fraud

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice were indicted Monday on federal fraud charges.

'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Cast Member Wants Out

"Real Housewives Of New Jersey" cast member Jacqueline Laurita has followed a "New York" housewife's suit and announced publicly that she wants off the Garden State edition. Laurita currently has a six-season deal but made it known via Twitter that she won't be making anything but sporadic appearances starting with the upcoming Season Four.

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RHONJ: Joe Gorga and His Niece Share the Same Sadness (Season 8, Episode 7) | Bravo Clip (01:50) RHONJ: Dolores Catania Doesn't Trust Danielle Staub's Intentions (Season 8, Episode 7) | Bravo Clip (01:57) RHONJ: Melissa Gorga Confronts Siggy Flicker (Season 8, Episode 7) | Bravo Clip (01:29) RHONJ: Is Siggy Flicker Talking About Margaret Josephs? (Season 8, Episode 6) | Bravo Clip (01:47) RHONJ: Dolores Sees No Fault (Season 8, Episode 6) | Bravo Clip (02:09)