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Real Housewives rundown: The women ranked from least to most dramatic

Julie Robinson

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Julie Robinson, @juliecrob, has decided that the title of Pop Culture Junkie gives her permission to indulge in reality TV with nary a guilt twinge. She misses Six Feet Under and Nip/Tuck, has a few logistical questions for the folks in...

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Who's the most dramatic of them all?

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Who's the most dramatic of them all?

Reality TV drama is a given, but the casts of the Real Housewives have managed to crank it up to 11.

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Caroline Manzo

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Caroline Manzo

When your family is “thick as thieves,” if there’s drama, fugettaboutit! Caroline is pretty low on the drama scale; she just wants everyone to be happy.

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Carole Radziwill

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Carole Radziwill

Her drama took place long before Andy Cohen came a knockin’. She’s all about the fun these days — unless someone questions her literary prowess, that is.

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Jo De La Rosa

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Jo De La Rosa

Dealing with Slade is more drama than any woman should have to deal with, right?

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Melissa Gorga

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Melissa Gorga

Yes, she was embroiled in family drama. Yes, her past job in a strip club comes back to haunt her. But her real drama: having to deal with her husband releasing his “poison” every time the wind blows.

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Vicki Gunvalson

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Vicki Gunvalson

Can someone really accidently post a photo of their bare breasts? 

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Alexis Bellino

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Alexis Bellino

This beauty plays victim to “intentional cruelty” with every episode.

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Taylor Armstrong

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Taylor Armstrong

She’s had more behind-the scenes drama that anyone should have to deal with, so for this list we’ll just recall the image of her giant lips attacking the ball of cotton candy.

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Sonja Morgan

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Sonja Morgan

Harmless eccentric or basket case? It depends on the episode. As dramatic as she’d like her burlesque show to be, it’s really just kinda funny.

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Amber Marchese

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Amber Marchese

Just one season in and this cancer survivor has made her mark. But it’s mainly because she’s married to a jackass.

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Carlton Gebbia

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Carlton Gebbia

If that name doesn’t exactly ring a bell, how about the word “Wicca”? Now you’re getting it: witchcraft, tats and a sex room. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Kim Zolciak Biermann

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Kim Zolciak Biermann

Who pretends to have cancer?

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Kelly Bensimon

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Kelly Bensimon

Is vacant the same thing as dramatic? If you add Bethenny Frankel and some Caribbean Sea air to the mix it is.

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Gretchen Rossi

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Gretchen Rossi

Legal troubles run amok. Libel, defamation, slander and missed court appearances, and that’s her reality.

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Ramona Singer

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Ramona Singer

Drama can be funny, right? While not big on the catfight circuit, Ramona’s delusions about her self-worth are over the top. Turtle time!

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Lisa Wu Hartwell

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Lisa Wu Hartwell

How about the reunion show when she climbed over Andy Cohen to take a swat at her cast mates?

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Kim Richards

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Kim Richards

How can a dog-lover and loving mom make it this high on a drama list? Add pills and booze, and stir. Her limo brawl with sister Kyle put her on the map.

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Kenya Moore

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Kenya Moore

Beauty or beast? Sure she’s a Former Miss USA, but her anger management issues aren’t so pretty.

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Shereé Whitfield

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Shereé Whitfield

Just so you know, when in the company of this one, leave your weave at home or risk having her yank it out for you.

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Tamra Judge

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Tamra Judge

Using a sex tape to promote her business may not be on the same level as a good old-fashioned table flip, but something’s not right here.

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Tiffany Hendra

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Tiffany Hendra

Tiffany shook things up in the newest Dallas season with her adult film star past.

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Bethenny Frankel

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Bethenny Frankel

After returning to the NY Housewives in season 7, we knew it was only a matter of time before Bethenny would snap.

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Nene Leakes

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Nene Leakes

Animated, awesome and kind of awful at times, there was never a dull moment with Nene.

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Brandi Glanville

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Brandi Glanville

Blame it on her big mouth and lack of filter, but Brandi was often the RHOBH star everyone loved to hate.

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Teresa Giudice

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Teresa Giudice

This table-flipping Italian doesn’t just put on a show for the cameras, she did time for her dramatic interpretation of tax codes.

Originally published March 2015. Updated June 2016.

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