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5 Shows like The Real Housewives: Domestic Reality

Charlotte Lucas itcher‘The Real Housewives’ shows are a glamorous glimpse at how the other half lives. These women do not lead ordinary, mundane lives: they are affluent, privileged and successful. When you’re watching, you feel as if you’re stepping into this glittering world that’s an escape from boring responsibilities and routine. If you’re drawn in by non-stop drama, consider watching TV shows like ‘The Real Housewives’ and make a start with ‘Vanderpump Rules’ or ‘Desperate Housewives’. ~ Charlotte Lucas

Strong Women

Whether you’re a Beverly Hills, Orange County or Miami advocate, if you’ve seen ‘The Real Housewives’, you’ll be an avid viewer. There is just something so addictive about watching these rich women throw ridiculously over the top parties, catch private jets and fight with each other.

What’s great about the show is that the women face their problems head on and this projects a much needed image of strong femininity on TV. In this article, I will suggest series similar to this that provide an opulent spin on everyday life.


Shows Similar to ‘The Real Housewives’…

‘Vanderpump Rules’ (Evolution Media, 2013- )

This is a spin-off of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’, taking cast member Lisa Vanderpump and following the running of her business, the Sur Restaurant. The reality show also follows Vanderpump’s staff and the drama that can occur in a busy workplace.

I have to say, it was a genius idea to create another show solely focusing on Lisa Vanderpump – she is arguably the most entertaining housewife on television. Like any good character, she is controversial and interesting. Check out this article to find out more about the businesswoman.

Similarity Match: 95%
‘Vanderpump Rules’ is technically a ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ spin-off, yet it focuses specifically on running a business rather than American family life.

‘Wife Swap’ (RDF Media, 2003-2009)

‘Wife Swap’ is a concept that started life as a UK show, though the US caught wind of it shortly after. The idea is that two wives swap families and live with strangers for two weeks.

The families usually differ drastically, inciting conflict and drama. This is hilariously funny and great for the first two or three watches, but the format quickly feels formulaic and dry.

We must be thankful for ‘Wife Swap US’, however, as it lead to this beautiful moment. All hail King Curtis.

Similarity Match: 85%
‘Wife Swap’ sheds light on the pressure that housewives face in a domestic setting, just in a less glamorous way than ‘The Real Housewives’.

‘Dance Moms’ (Collins Avenue Entertainment, 2011- )

If you’re morally against pushy parents, look away now. These ‘Dance Moms’ want their little angels to be stars in the dancing world and huge pressure is put on the kids to live up to these expectations. Rivalry is abundant and there is an unexpected amount of childishness (usually between the adults).

If this show sounds familiar, it may be because it birthed Maddie Ziegler, an up and coming young dancer who you may have seen performing in one of Sia’s music videos. Who said these shows never find talent?

Similarity Match: 70%
Just as in ‘Dance Moms’, there are some pushy parents amongst the cast of ‘The Real Housewives’, though the latter are more three dimensional characters.


If You Like ‘The Real Housewives’, You Will Like…

The following are TV series like ‘The Real Housewives’ yet they do not adhere to the reality show format. They do, however, take the mundanity of everyday life and relationships and turn it into something exciting and different.

If you like to watch shows filled with drama, check out my next few suggestions.

‘Desperate Housewives’ (Cherry Alley Productions, 2004-2012)

This is potentially the best show ever. ‘Desperate Housewives’ had a run of almost ten years, yet it never seemed to grow old. Spoilers: these women face a tornado, countless murders, suicide, a hostage situation, stalking and blackmail – among other things. These are no ordinary housewives.

Even more intriguingly, there were rumours that the actresses on the show didn’t get on with one another. There’s nothing better than a scandal; read here for all the juicy details.

‘Desperate Housewives’ portrays women as strong and enduring rather than victims, as does ‘The Real Housewives’ but the former has the edge when it comes to entertainment value.

‘Sex and the City’ (HBO Original Programming, 1998-2004)

This was essential viewing for any woman in the noughties. It followed the lives of four friends living in New York and the problems that they faced, particularly in relationships. The girls were so relatable they felt like friends – are you a Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda or a Samantha?

For me, the longevity of a show depends on how it is remembered after it all ends. ‘Sex and the City’ is not only a household name; it also survived two film adaptations. If you didn’t watch the show the first time around, please go and check it out – you won’t regret it.

And don’t forget to also have a look at these other tv series like ‘Sex and the City’.

‘Sex and the City’ has always been woman-centric and ‘The Real Housewives’ similarly concerns itself with female matters – yet I just can’t imagine comparing myself to the privileged, upper class housewives.


Lives of the Rich and Famous

There is no shortage of drama with ‘The Real Housewives’ but it ultimately promotes a message of sisterhood as do many of the suggestions on this list. It is an unusual and precious thing for women to be portrayed as strong and able to face anything and ‘The Real Housewives’ absolutely achieves this.

If you’ve seen Beverly Hills, Orange County, New York, Atlanta and even some of the international versions (gold star for you) why not branch out and watch a bit of ‘Wife Swap’ or ‘Sex and the City’? I guarantee you’ll like them just as much.

What do you think about my list?

Let me know.

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