Real Housewives of New Jersey Complete Guide: Updates, Cast, Seasons

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Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered in May 2009, making it the fourth installment in the Real Housewives franchise.

RHONJ was the first show in the franchise to focus on family members. Sisters Caroline Manzo and Dina Cantin kicked off the first season alongside their sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita.

As the show went on, the family aspect remained intact with the focus shifting from Caroline and Dina to Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga‘s family drama.

Curious to learn more about the ladies of New Jersey? Don’t worry. We have you covered. This Real Housewives of New Jersey guide has everything you need to know.

Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast

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The Season 1 cast of RHONJ included Caroline Manzo, Dina Cantin, Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, and Danielle Staub.

As the show progressed, new housewives joined the group and OG cast members moved on to new endeavors. In fact, Teresa Giudice is the only remaining OG cast member.

The most recent season of RHONJ (Season 13) included cast members Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Danielle Cabral, Rachel Fuda, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, and Jennifer Aydin.

Memorable Moments

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No Real Housewives of New Jersey guide would be complete without the mention of the show’s many memorable moments. The ladies of New Jersey are known to get in some pretty epic fights. From Teresa flipping the table in Season 1 to Danielle Staub pulling Margaret’s hair, the RHONJ women aren’t afraid to get into a brawl.

Real Housewives of New Jersey Seasons

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There are currently 13 seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Season 13 came to a close in June 2023 after an intense three-part reunion.

The most recent season centered around Teresa Giudice’s family drama with her brother, Joe Gorga, and his wife, Melissa. The tension between the two came to a head at the reunion and left many fans wondering how the show could go on if both Teresa and Melissa stay on as main cast members.


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Season 1 of RHONJ had a conservative 10 episodes but as the show became more popular, the network ordered more episodes per season.

Season 13 had 19 drama-filled episodes.

Real Housewives of New Jersey Spin Offs

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In this Real Housewives of New Jersey guide, we’ve included the show’s three spin offs.

The first, Boys to Manzo, premiered on Bravo in May 2011 and focused on Caroline Manzo’s sons Albie and Chris as they moved out of their family home and began their new lives. The show ran at the same time as Season 3 of RHONJ. The spinoff only lasted one season, with the last episode airing on July 10, 2011.

The second spinoff, Manzo’d with Children, premiered in October 2014 and followed the lives of housewife Caroline Manzo and her family. The show lasted three seasons, with the last season airing in October 2016.

The third and final RHONJ spinoff, Teresa Checks In, premiered on Bravo in October 2015. The show followed Teresa Giudice and her family as they coped with the aftermath of her prison sentence. The series only lasted one season. The final episode aired on October 25, 2015.