The Real Housewives of New Jersey : Season 1

  • Network: Bravo
  • Series Premiere Date: May 12, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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. 80
    Their lack of self-awareness is intoxicating; it makes the premiere the most engrossing hour of pure TV escapism I've seen in a very long time.
  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. Housewives of New Jersey is more farcical, less phony and a lot more fun.
  5. 80
    Whatever else it is, the show is supremely entertaining. Smartly edited and cleverly constructed--the George Washington Bridge serving as a visual transition--the series marks another auspicious entry to television's vast stockpile of Guilty Pleasures.
  6. 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.
  7. 58
    If you thought the "Real Housewives" of New York City, Atlanta and Orange County were outrageous, you haven't seen anything yet.
  8. 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?
  9. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    When I say that The RH of NJ is the most synthetic installment of the show yet produced.
  10. 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.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Branden
    Jun 9, 2009
    1
    This show is absolute trash.. does not deserve to be broadcast.
  2. faithnamer
    Jun 25, 2009
    10
    I love the show I love the girls. I am from Bklyn and I thought us bklyn girls were all they but the Jersey they are right up there with the best.
  3. gnetb.
    Jun 16, 2009
    8
    Its good cuzz who doesnt like to see other peoples problems.Its just sooo TV though.What mother argues and has temper tantrums in front of Its good cuzz who doesnt like to see other peoples problems.Its just sooo TV though.What mother argues and has temper tantrums in front of there kids. So lady-like. Full Review »