Every cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise brings something different to their series. And just like fans of sitcoms, thrillers, and dramas have characters who they find the most compelling or relatable, Real Housewives viewers connect with some cast members more than others. The most popular women in the franchise are always funny and entertaining, and since they have shared their lives on camera for so many years, people have a lot of opinions about them.
Fans of this popular reality TV franchise are sharing their thoughts on Reddit about who the best Real Housewives cast members are, whether they live in New Jersey, New York, Beverly Hills, Atlanta, or Orange County.
10 Margaret Josephs
Reddit user DisastrouslyMessy loves Margaret Joseph from The Real Housewives of New Jersey. They wrote, “The Marge made it to my list after this past season.” They also commented that they loved when Margaret said, “Your husband is in the pool” commenting that she “walked out LIKE A BOSS.”
The fan is talking about the scene when Margaret was fed up with Danielle and pushed Marty into the pool, which was a time when RHONJ fans supported Margaret. It’s no wonder that Margaret’s time on the show was praised, as she’s kind and has a great sense of humor. Fans also like watching Margaret with her sweet husband Joe and charming mom Marge.
9 Kandi Burruss
OneReddit user and Real Housewives fan loves watching Kandi on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The fan wrote, “I really love and respect Kandi! She’s super level headed, a brilliant song writer/singer, and she handles her multiple businesses with finesse. She also doesn’t just blow through her money, which is a refreshing change.”
Kandi has starred on RHOA since season 2, and it sounds like many viewers can relate to her, as she talks about her career and, as the fan commented, she also seems practical and responsible. Although fans watch the Real Housewives franchise for its wild moments, it’s also nice when a cast member opens up and talks sincerely about their work life.
8 Bethenny Frankel
Reddit user Carolina_Blues thinks that when it comes to the best Real Housewives cast member of all time, it’s Bethenny Frankel. They wrote, “No one else is able to do it like Bethenny does between her storylines and her humor and just everything.”
For many fans of The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny has a unique, courageous, and hilarious personality. Bethenny has also been responsible for many iconic RHONY plotlines, from telling Luann about Tom’s cheating to yelling at Kelly in the “Scary Island” episode. It’s hard to picture the show without her, and many felt her absence acutely in seasons 12 and 13.
7 Kyle Richards
One particular Reddit user and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fan likes watching Kyle Richards. They wrote, “I don’t see any of her faults as that terrible. She’s dramatic? She’s on reality TV (also I don’t see her responses usually as THAT dramatic). Her family is so cute and fun.”
From Kyle Richards’ best quotes on RHOBH to the relationship she has with sisters Kim and Kathy, there are many reasons why fans love this cast member. Many fans would argue that she perfect for the franchise because she’s involved in enough fights and drama to keep people watching, but she lets everyone see her heartwarming family life at home too. The balance is refreshing.
6 Ramona Singer
Reddit user MercurianVenus likes Ramona Singer on RHONY. They wrote, “My favourite is also Ramona. She is authentic, fun, knows how to laugh at herself, independent and can be very empathetic.”
Ramona has many famous moments on the reality series, from talking about having 50 friends to having a great time with her best friend and co-star Sonja Morgan. Sometimes, the cast finds Ramona intense and frustrating because she can get emotional and argue with everyone. Yet for many fans, there is no RHONY without Ramona. As the fan mentioned on Reddit, she enjoys herself and she cares about her friends.
5 Shannon Beador
While Shannon has behaved badly sometimes on RHOC, it’s true that her storylines have been a significant part of the show. When she joined in season 9, she showed everyone the super organized home that she lived in with her then husband David and their three daughters. Shannon and David’s divorce then became a big part of the show, along with how she picked up the pieces of her life afterward. Shannon proves that life can be really tough for everyone somtimes, and there’s a lot to appreciate about her episodes.
4 Lisa Vanderpump
For Reddit user 111UKD111, RHOBH‘s Lisa Vanderpump is one of the best cast members in the whole franchise. They wrote, “LVP has the lifestyle, animals, amazing house, and cheeky English humor.”
It’s no wonder that Lisa stands out to many RHOBH viewers, as her marriage to Ken, incredible and enviable mansion, and sometimes goofy personality made for amazing television. While some fights in this franchise seem too over-the-top, fans always knew that LVP cared deeply about her friendships, so even when she was arguing with someone, she seemed compassionate and caring.
3 Teresa Giudice
Reddit user 111UKD111 likes Teresa on RHONJ. They wrote, “Teresa G has a fiery temper, and brings the interesting family dynamic (brother, sister-in-law, hubby, and cute kids).” Reddit user Claque-2 replied, “Teresa G flipping that table made the housewives franchise.”
It’s true that Teresa’s table flip is an iconic RHONJ scene, and it’s hard to think of another cast member who is as dramatic. Between fighting with her sister-in-law Melissa and brother Joe, going through her divorce, and having conflict with everyone from Danielle to Jackie, Teresa makes the show worth watching.
2 Cynthia Bailey
Reddit user RachyRachington loves Cynthia on RHOA and explained, “She acts so goofy too it’s really endearing.”
Fans have enjoyed watching Cynthia since season 3, and she has had many memorable moments, particularly when it comes to her friendship with NeNe Leakes. On season 13 of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, Cynthia and her fiance Mike got involved in wedding planning, with Cynthia talking about wanting the weather to be nice. Some people took issue with Cynthia having a huge wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic, but she’s still a great part of the cast.
1 Erika Girardi
Reddit user RavenSaysHi is a big fan of Erika on RHOBH. They wrote, “I love Erika too. You can tell she’s been through some stuff and I find her the most relatable of the ladies. She’s a queen while also modest and not snobby.”
Fans saw even more of Erika in season 11 of the show, as she told everyone about leaving Tom in order to focus on her independence and happiness. Erika has a mix of fun and sad storylines, from having her glam squad on trips to talking about her tough relationship with her mom and her fear over her son working as a police officer. For many, she’s a beloved housewife who should never leave RHOBH.