Real Housewives of New Jersey: Overview

Bravo heads to the Garden State for this installment of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” franchise, focusing on affluent Jersey girls who are more than just friends.

The cast has changed through the seasons but the featured housewives through the years have included Caroline Manzo, a devoted wife and mother of three children; former cosmetologist Jacqueline Laurita, who is now a full-time housewife; and Teresa, a mother of four.

The series originally focused on Teresa Giudice, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo, and Danielle Staub.

Of the original housewives, Dina Manzo stopped filming during production of the second season before returning for the sixth; Staub left after the second season; and Laurita and Caroline Manzo left after the fifth.

The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Melissa Gorga in the third, and Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano in the sixth. Past housewives include Kathy Wakile (season 3–5) and Amber Marchese (season 6).