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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 5, 2010
  • Season #: 1
The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. Image
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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

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2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: Bravo's latest Housewives franchise expands to the nation's capitol with five housewives, including Michaele Salahi, who caused a national security scare when she and her husband crashed a party at the White House.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Valerie Kellogg
    100
    The Housewives evolve. Yes, watch what happens, if only for the richer plot lines, smarter dialogue and more pressing matters of the day.
  2. 75
    The show promises to raise a number of real issues, from race relations to gay marriage. You probably wouldn't vote these women into political office, but they do seem to be above hair weave-pulling. Good for you? I wouldn't go that far. But despite its best efforts, "Real Housewives of D.C." is educational TV.
  3. The Washington housewives, in short, look and sound a lot like their predecessors in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta and Orange County, Calif., and they fit into the same caricatured roles. It's the setting--and the surreal blend of reality-show characters and button-down Washington--that gives this soap opera more of a kick.
  4. The Salahis are the attraction here. Judging from the season teaser, the show will spend the entire season building up to the infamous dinner-crashing scene, to which the Bravo cameras appear to had access. Remember, a fame whore needs your attention to survive. Look away now.
  5. Housewives D.C. offers neither a portrait of Washington insider society, to which its stars have no access, or even an unvarnished look at any person's real life. People are more complicated than this, and (for much of the day) more normal--what in this context would be called "boring."
  6. 38
    Sorry, this one doesn't cick. [9 Aug 2010, p.35]
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    It's a particularly galling group--one that, alas, will probably reward Bravo's misdemeanors in aiding and abetting this sorry exercise.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DeeH.
    Aug 8, 2010
    4
    Boring, too much like the others restaurant/party cat fights and fake wealth. I'm a Washingtonian not at all reflective of real movers Boring, too much like the others restaurant/party cat fights and fake wealth. I'm a Washingtonian not at all reflective of real movers and shakers of DC high profile society women. Collapse
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    4
    Yes, I'm a reality TV fiend - it's good to have on the TV when doing mindless tasks. You hear the yapping without having to look at the TVYes, I'm a reality TV fiend - it's good to have on the TV when doing mindless tasks. You hear the yapping without having to look at the TV much. But this series? Extremely thin. Almost as thin as the WH Crasher herself. I will say that the political argument between the ladies was uncharacteristically restrained for Washington. They saved the backbiting for the private camera moments. So is that cowardice? Tact? Probably a bit of each. OK, maybe there is a bit more to this than I at first suggested. But not as "juicy" as Orange County, NY, or NJ - not that I watched those!! (much) Expand