Admit it: The Real Housewives series is one of the greatest contributions to society in the past ten years. It’s got everything: drama, friendship, betrayal, witches and ill-advised forays into pop music. It also has some of the most memorable characters of all time. Here are 35 of the most notable, ranked based on two main factors: entertainment value and watchability.

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35. Danielle Staub (RHONJ)

Her behavior was genuinely concerning and it made us--and everyone else-- uncomfortable. But man, she was pretty memorable.

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34. michaele Salahi (RHODC)

The only D.C. cast member worthy of a ranking, but that’s only because she and her husband crashed a White House state dinner. Not OK. Not even by Housewives standards.

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33. Alex McCord (RHONY)

"You are in high school! And while you are in high school, I am in Brooklyn!" 

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32. Larsa Pippen (RHOM)

Aside from being married to Scottie Pippen and being besties with Kim K, we know almost nothing about Larsa, and that’s OK. (We feel the same way about the Miami housewives in general.)

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31. Kelly Killoren Bensimon (RHONY)

Who would run into NYC traffic with zero regard to cars? Kelly Killoren Bensimon, that’s who. Satchels of gold, people.

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30. adrienne maloof (rhobh)

We get it, you’re super rich.

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29. Alexia Echevarria (RHOM)

Actually seems like a good person? (Boring.)

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28. Porsha Williams (RHOA)

Points deducted for thinking the Underground Railroad was a real train.

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27. Marysol Patton (RHOM)

You can have Marysol as long as we can have her psychic mom, Elsa.

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26. Camille Grammer (RHOBH)

She was married to Frasier.

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25. Lisa Rinna (RHOBH)

What’s the opposite of lip goals?

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24. Aviva Drescher (RHONY)

She threw her prosthetic leg in the middle of a dinner party. So there’s that.

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23. Gretchen Rossi (RHOC)

Remember Slade?

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22. Dina Manzo (RHONJ)

Remember her hairless cats?

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21. Dorinda Medley (RHONY)

Her name sounds like an animated fairy godmother.

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20. Melissa Gorga (RHONJ)

The state isn’t big enough for the both of them (Melissa and Teresa, obviously), so Melissa gets the boot.

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19. Kyle Richards (RHOBH)

She has a hot husband.

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18. Jeana Keough (RHOC)

She has a hot son.

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17. Yolanda Foster (RHOBH)

Chic as hell.

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16. Kim Richards (RHOBH)

Oh, Kim…Thank goodness she escaped from Witch Mountain--we mean, Beverly Hills.

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15. Carole Radziwill (RHONY)

Actually seems like a cool person? Sorry, we mean cool princess.

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14. Phaedra Parks (RHOA)

An entertainment lawyer slash mortician. Talk about career goals.

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13. Jill Zarin (RHONY)

Is her voice grating? Yes. Do we still love her and her family’s fabric store? You bet.

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12. Kim Zolciak (RHOA)

Single-handedly keeping the wig industry afloat.

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11. Caroline Manzo (RHONJ)

Don’t mess with this lady’s family, y'all.

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10. Tamra Judge (RHOC)

So mean, but so entertaining. Also, she asked her husband for a divorce in the back of a limo, on camera. That, friends, is commitment.

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9. Sheree Whitfield (RHOA)

Three words: She. By. Sheree.

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8. Ramona Singer (RHONY)

Queen of the catwalk and Turtle Time, we love Ramona and her bugged-out eyes almost as much as she loves Pinot Grigio.

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7. Vicki Gunvalson (RHOC)

The OG housewife, Vicki should get an honorary “woohoo” just for dealing with these ladies for so many years. We’ll even look past her unfortunate and frequent references to her “love tank."

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6. Countess Luann De Lesseps (RHONY)

If we’ve learned anything from these women, it’s that money can’t buy you class.

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5. Teresa Giudice (RHONJ)

Who could forget the table flip heard round the world? Or the jail time. #FreeTre

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4. Sonja Morgan (RHONY)

Is it too late for us to apply to be her interns?

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3. NeNe Leakes (RHOA)

Perhaps the only housewife to parlay her appearance into an actually kind of legitimate acting career, NeNe is the epitome of the mean girl in high school who you knew was a bitch but still wanted to befriend.

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2. Bethenny Frankel (RHONY)

At first we were confused about the inclusion of a single 30-something on a show about housewives, but we subsequently delighted in watching the rise of her Skinnygirl empire. Plus, she can actually wrangle this crew.

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1. Lisa Vanderpump (RHOBH)

Giggy’s mom is everything the Real Housewives franchise stands for. Plus, she introduced the world to Kevin Lee, Hanky and Panky (her swans) and the whole crew at Sur through the excellent spin-off series, Vanderpump Rules.

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