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  • Series Premiere Date: May 12, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  • Summary: Bravo heads down the coast from New York to the Garden State to join the lives of one family of housewives.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    On its lacquered surface, New Jersey is The Sopranos with five variations on Adriana. But dig a bit under these women’s verbal clichés and you glimpse lives that are rooted in an earthier, more clear-eyed view of the world than the other Housewives series.
  2. Housewives of New Jersey is more farcical, less phony and a lot more fun.
  3. Tuesday night’s premiere packs a lot of trash into 42 minutes, between the quips about “jewelry whores” and an almost pathological concern with whose “bubbies” are and aren’t authentic. It plants the first seeds of drama, too.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Playing to the cameras, even many elements that feel slightly staged (including convenient intra-housewife feuding) prove nearly irresistible, again reminding us that horrible people you'd never want to associate with are often the spice of reality. This show puts the Bada-Bing in Bravo.
  5. Reviewed by: Valerie Kellogg
    58
    If you thought the "Real Housewives" of New York City, Atlanta and Orange County were outrageous, you haven't seen anything yet.
  6. Suffice it to say that Bravo has found yet another group of not-very-appealing women to represent their gender and, more broadly speaking, the lifestyle of the heterosexual cheeseball.
  7. Appalling or phony--one conclusion must be true, and either one underscores the fundamental question about these Real Housewives shows: Why would anyone want to watch them?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4