If you’re a reality TV
watcher like I am (I’m not proud, I admit), you’ve probably noticed the high
proliferation of programming centered around the word “wife.” I blame (and by
blame, I really mean “thank”) Bravo for kicking off this trend with their “Real
Housewives,” series, which, fittingly enough, is the crown jewel in my reality
If you’re not watching any
of the “Real Housewives”
franchises, you’re really
missing out. I don’t care who you are, we all love a little mindless
entertainment from time to time, and RH perfectly fits the bill. With six
current installments airing in America (with such glitzy locales as Atlanta and
Beverly Hills) and at least two international installments, including Vancouver
airing exclusively for Canadian residents, you’re sure to find one that suits
your tastes. My preferred locales? Orange County (the mama location that
started it all), New York City, and of course, Beverly Hills.
One prop I have to give the
ladies of RH is that the majority of them actually are married, or at least
they were when they began filming. Such is not the case for “Basketball Wives,”
which really should be re-titled “Basketball Groupies,” or more politically
incorrectly, “Ghetto Girls.” You’ve noticed this too, right? I don’t know what
can be said for a group of single women in their 30’s and 40’s who live to
brawl, but VH1’s cameras are there to capture every moment. If you prefer your
cast to possess some modicum of class, this isn’t the show for you. However, if
it’s a glammed-up version of Jerry Springer you’re craving, “Basketball Wives”
is worth a look.
Then there’s the mob wives
of the aptly-titled, “Mob Wives.” Unlike the “Basketball Wives,” a handful of
these women are indeed wearing a ring, but they’re not pretending to be classy.
Instead, viewers are given an unvarnished look at the daily struggles mafia
wives face while their husbands are serving time. While over-the-top at times,
these aren’t scripted storylines, as evidenced by the headline-making incident
that one cast member’s husband generated by striking a deal with authorities
and turning in his own wife’s father.
However you slice it,
housewives are definitely having a moment in pop culture, and unlike Donna Reed,
these women aren’t content to be caught vacuuming in pearls.