About RHOA

The Real Housewives on Atlanta

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series on the Bravo cable network that premiered in the fall of 2008. Following the format of its predecessors (The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of New York City), in 2009 TRHoA was not only the highest rated show of the The Real Housewives of… franchise,[1][2] it was the highest rated reality series on the Bravo network.[3]

The show revolves around women in the Atlanta metropolitan area juggling their home, social and business lives. Now in its third season, TRHoA currently stars fashion designer Shereé Whitfield,[4] author NeNe Leakes, aspiring singer and wig designer Kim Zolciak, record producer/singer Kandi Burruss, fashion model Cynthia Bailey,[5] and attorney Phaedra Parks.[6]

The show is produced by True Entertainment, subsidiary of Endemol. The executive producers are Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Shari Solomon Cedar and Kenny Hull.


In 2009 The Real Housewives of Atlanta was one of Bravo’s most successful shows in terms of ratings and the highest rated The Real Housewives of… of the network.[2] Although The Real Housewives of Orange County has run for five seasons and was successful enough to garner a spin-off in New York City, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the channel’s first reality series ever to hit the two million viewer mark among adults 18-49. The series averaged 1.13 million adults 18-49 and 1.495 million total viewers, with the reunion telecast totaling 2.055 million adults 18-49 and 2.817 million total viewers tuning in.

The second season launch episode attracted 2.7m viewers, the most for any Real Housewives franchise debut; including the rerun at 11pm, almost four million people watched the show.[1] The show gained viewers throughout the second season, with a high of 2.822m viewers watching on 20 August 2009, making it Bravo’s most watched show of the week, out-rating both Top Chef and Flipping Out, two of the channel’s longest-running shows.[30]

Real Housewives of Atlanta ranked as the No. 1 assisted-reality cable entertainment telecast for the week of September 10, 2009, and for the week-to-date, according to Nielsen Media Research.[31] The show attracted 3.198 million total viewers.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Shereé Whitfield Shereé Whitfield Shereé Whitfield
Nene Leakes Nene Leakes Nene Leakes
Kim Zolciak Kim Zolciak Kim Zolciak
Lisa Wu-Hartwell Lisa Wu-Hartwell Kandi Burruss
DeShawn Snow Kandi Burruss Cynthia Bailey
Phaedra Parks

Series overview

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 9 October 7, 2008 December 2, 2008
2 16 July 30, 2009 November 12, 2009
3 18 October 4, 2010 February 13, 2011

Episode guide:

Season 1: 2008

Ep # Title Airdate
1 Welcome One, Welcome ATL October 7, 2008
Real-world dramas whirl around five privileged ladies from Atlanta in this soapy entry in the “Real Housewives” franchise. In the series premiere, DeShawn—the wife of a professional basketball player—sees her mansion for the very first time, and real-estate maven Lisa struggles to juggle family and career. Meanwhile, interpersonal troubles loom when the housewives gather at Sheree’s birthday bash.
2 It’s My Party! October 14, 2008
NeNe is still hopping mad in the aftermath of Sheree’s birthday bash. Meanwhile, it’s a big-bucks birthday blowout for Kim’s daughter, with some of the housewives attending the event—including the feuding NeNe and Sheree. Also: Lisa comes down with the flu.
3 Who’s Your Poppa? October 21, 2008
The housewives journey to the country to visit Kim’s spiritual adviser—but an ominous prediction raises tension. Coincidence or not, NeNe receives bad news that questions the identity of her father. Also: Kim works to become a country artist; and DeShawn attempts to throw a black-tie gala for charity.
4 Bring on the Bling October 28, 2008
DeShawn basks in Atlanta’s social scene by throwing a glam gala at her private estate. Elsewhere, Kim and Sheree share a spa day and dinner, but their bonding has a nasty impact on one of their peers. And Lisa’s jewelry line sparkles to success as she signs a distribution deal and participates in a glitzy photo shoot.
5 Out of Tune November 4, 2008
Kim tries to tune up her music career when a producer sends her to a music coach. Meanwhile, it’s a no-no for NeNe when she disparages Kim’s career, followed by catty consequences. Other developments: Sheree and Lisa take a pole-dancing class; and NeNe holds a brunch to raise funds for a battered-women foundation.
6 Dream a Little Nightmare November 11, 2008
Sheree takes a boating trip with Kim on a Georgia lake. But it’s her clothing line that she really hopes will set sail, as she hosts a lavish viewing of her fashion samples. Meanwhile, NeNe continues to deal with paternal-identity issues and pursues DNA testing; and DeShawn invites the Southern belles over for a sunset barbecue.
7 Best of Enemies November 18, 2008
In the first-season finale, Sheree, humbled by her failed fashion show, seeks advice from designer and “Project Runway” contestant Mychael Knight. On the sports page: Ed returns to the NFL and Eric considers retiring from the NBA. It all culminates with the housewives congregating for a tasty but testy dinner.
8 Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion: Watch What Happens November 25, 2008
The Southern belles reunite to reflect on the wives’ tales of Season 1.
9 The Lost Footage December 2, 2008
Andy Cohen reveals the lost footage from the first season.

Season 2: 2009

Ep # Title Airdate
1 New Attitude, Same ATL July 30, 2009
The Atlanta ladies are back in the drama-filled second season premiere. Shereé decides to throw herself an “Independence Party” to celebrate her recent divorce, while Lisa and her husband discuss the idea of having another baby. The ladies attend actress and comedienne Niecy Nash’s birthday party, where Shereé and NeNe reflect on their tumultuous past. Kim decides she wants to design a line of wigs, and gets the ball rolling by going to cosmetology school. New housewife Kandi contemplates her new life with fiance AJ, while Sheree’s party plans start to go awry.
2 Kim-tervention August 6, 2009
NeNe calls Kim to meet up for that long overdue “glass of wine,” in an attempt to make amends. Shereé dishes about the recent blow-up she had with a party planner. Meanwhile, Lisa and Ed have their first fertility visit. NeNe approaches Shereé about squashing their problems with Kim, and they set up a meeting to talk it out. Also, Kandi goes to the studio to work on her solo album
3 Unbeweavable August 13, 2009
Shereé, NeNe and Kim’s reconciliation doesn’t go as planned. Lisa and Ed meet with a design team to discuss her new clothing line “Closet Freak,” and Kim throws a wig party to celebrate her new endeavor. Kandi meets for lunch with TLC member T-Boz to discuss her musical career, and Shereé throws a gathering to celebrate her new home. Also, Dwight throws a circus-themed birthday bash
4 Mummies, Mommies, and Baby Mommas August 20, 2009
NeNe and Dwight chat during a visit to the salon, while Lisa discusses a trip to L.A. to visit her mom. Kandi meets with her photographer and business team to discuss her image. Fitness guru Shereé attends a bodybuilding event, while Kandi and AJ get their engagement photos taken. Also, when Kim learns that her nanny left her girls home alone without supervision, drama ensues. Then, the ladies attend a King Tut cocktail party with their kids
5 Home Is Where the Heartbreak Is August 27, 2009
Lisa and NeNe go shopping to prepare for their trip to L.A., and NeNe meets with photographer Derek Blanks to discuss her “Alter Ego” photo shoot. Shereé meets with an event promoter to discuss Mercedes Benz sponsoring her “She By Sheree” fashion show. Meanwhile, Lisa brings NeNe for a visit with her family and a celebration of her grandmother’s 92nd birthday. Back on the East Coast, Kim visits Kandi in the recording studio. As they bond, Kim asks Kandi to produce “Tardy for the Party” for Kim and NeNe to record.
6 My Ego Is Bigger Than Your Ego September 3, 2009
Kim lays down the house rules with her new nanny and then finally buries the hatchet with Lisa. Kandi meets with her wedding planner, but her plans for an engagement party are dashed when she finds out that her nephews and AJ’s son are in a life threatening car crash. Kandi spills her guts to Sheree and their friendship grows as they realize they have a lot in common. Nene gets all of the ladies in line for their Alter Ego photos and then directs them all in a riveting photo shoot. At the photo shoot, Kim and Sheree talk civilly for the first time and decide to do something nice for Kandi in light of her family tragedy.
7 Throwing Shade September 10, 2009
It’s showtime for Lisa! With the debut of her clothing line Closet Freak, she is all business, trying to get everything done in time. Meanwhile, Sheree finds out that her She By Sheree fashion line debut will have to wait , yet again. NeNe gets tough on her college dropout son Brice, and Kandi calls in a favor to flip “Tardy for the Party” into a song for Kim and NeNe to record. Kim gets serious about launching her wig line, and does a little research by throwing a wig party.
8 Scrambled Egos September 17, 2009
Kandi pushes an emotional Kim to face her fears and step back into the Atlanta music scene. Will Kim attempt to record again? Newly single Sheree shapes up with her expensive fitness trainer, who attempts to find her love. Meanwhile, all of the ladies get glammed up for a black tie event to reveal their edgy Alter Ego photos, but the night takes a dramatic turn when Kim has a serious accident and steals the spotlight from everyone.
9 Precious Pocketbook September 24, 2009
Kim tells her girlfriend Cori that Big Papa is back in the picture after he whisked her away to the Bahamas. Lisa and Kandi appear in the charity performance of “Pocketbook Monologues,” where Kandi’s emotional performance wins over the crowd – and Dwight. Meanwhile, NeNe meets with the co-writer of her forthcoming memoir, and Shereé finally throws her long awaited Independence Party, where NeNe confronts Kim and Kandi about recording “Tardy for the Party” without her.
10 Better Tardy Than Never October 1, 2009
Fresh off her fight with Kandi and Kim, NeNe distances herself even further from the ladies. Kim and Kandi team up to finish the recording of “Tardy for the Party” in time for their joint birthday party where Big Papa has a BIG surprise for Kim. Shereé leaves Dwight in charge of her fashion show as she and Tania head to New York to check out her “She by Shereé” samples. Ed tells Lisa that he’s interested in working in broadcast if he doesn’t go back to the NFL. Kandi performs solo for the first time in a long time.
11 High Heels & Record Deals October 8, 2009
NeNe organizes an over-the-top high heel marathon for her Twisted Hearts Foundation. Lisa and Ed make a tough decision about his NFL career, and Lisa takes a pregnancy test. Despite her engagement with Big Papa, Kim moves forward with starting her wig business. Kandi confronts Kim about not attending her show, and then flies to LA for an important meeting at Capitol Records about a possible record deal. Shereé shoots a promo video for her upcoming fashion show, but Dwight is so not into it. NeNe meets with her uncle and must decide if she’s finally ready to meet the man who claims to be her biological father face-to-face.
12 Baby Momma & Daddy Drama October 15, 2009
Kim and Shereé return to the “scene of the crime” at FAB to make amends and to plan a surprise engagement party for Kandi and AJ. Meanwhile, Kandi, AJ and Kandi’s mom visit a marriage counselor to help ease the tension. Shereé’s finished samples for her She by Sheree line finally arrive, and she unveils them to Dwight for the first time. NeNe and her Uncle Mel travel back to her roots in Athens to give her book writer a glimpse into her life growing up. While in Athens, NeNe finds herself face-to-face with the man who claims to be her biological father.
13 Catwalks & Cat Fights October 22, 2009
With “She by Shereé” is about to debut, but big changes are on the horizon and serious trouble is brewing between the ladies. As Lisa prepares for a new future without Ed’s NFL paycheck, Shereé tries to keep it together before her clothes go down the catwalk. Meanwhile, it’s NeNe who is ready for a meltdown. After her return from meeting the man who claims to be her father, she butts heads with Gregg, battles with Kandi at Shereé’s show, and has a blowout fight with Kim. Will a glass of wine be able to undo the damage this time?
14 Season 2 Reunion: Part 1 October 29, 2009
The first part will delve deep into the ladies’ lives and see how they really feel about all the catfights, wig-pulling and all-around drama that happened this season in Hotlanta.
15 Season 2 Reunion: Part 2 November 5, 2009
Will Kim and Nene ever be friends again? Can Sheree and Kim bury the hatchet? Will Lisa and Ed have any more kids?
16 Season 2: The Lost Footage November 12, 2009
Andy Cohen reveals the lost footage from the second season.

Season 3: 2010-2011

Ep # Title Airdate
1 New Attitude October 4, 2010
The ladies of Atlanta are back! Sheree has put She by Sheree on hold while she pursues her newfound passion for acting. NeNe and Sheree gossip about Kim’s supposed lesbian relationship. Kim and NeNe have lunch and attempt to start mending their friendship once again. Kandi goes on a date with NFLplayer, Willis McGahee, and informs him that she has a bet going with a girlfriend that she can be celibate the entire year. News of Dwight’s claims to have lent money to Sheree and NeNe’s husband, Gregg, starts off a chain of dismayed reactions. NeNe confronts Gregg about borrowing money from Dwight, which Greg claims was actually a business deal that fell through. New Housewife, Phaedra, is introduced; Phaedra spends some time with Dwight and they discuss his involvement with Sheree’s fashion show and NeNe. NeNe and Dwight almost come to blows at a shoe party when she confronts him about his claims to have lent Greg money without her knowledge.
2 Model Behavior October 11, 2010
NeNe attends Atlanta’s Dogwod Festvial with friend Cynthia. A blind date for Shereé starts rocky but ended up being quite the perfect night for her. NeNe confronts Dwight about the accustaions. Kim is invited to perform at the white party. Kandi records a track with well-known artist, Ne-Yo and performs at the UpTown Supper Club owned by new housewife Cynthia Bailey and her boyfriend Peter Thomas. The housewives begin to learn the “real-deal” with Phaedra’s younger husband.
3 White Hot October 18, 2010
Kandi travels to Palm Springs to offer advice and support to Kim, who’s been invited to perform at one of the biggest gay circuit parties –- the White Party. With only one song on her playlist, is Kim ready for her first concert appearance? NeNe has an honest talk with Brentt about Brice’s brush with the law. After Sheree takes the high road with Dwight and his claims to have paid for the She By Sheree fashion show last year she reunites with her oldest daughter, Tierra who has moved back to Atlanta after being away at college. New housewife Cynthia struggles with her feelings about marriage, while Phaedra and Apollo don’t see eye to eye when it comes to parenting.
4 Petty Boughetto October 25, 2010
Despite the toll her marital problems and troubles with Bryson are taking on NeNe, she is determined to get her “happy” back, even if that’s through plastic surgery. Phaedra and Cynthia finally find time to get to know each other better as they attend Atlanta’s premiere horse racing event, the Steeplechase. Inspired by a late night host, Kim is ready to be a two-hit wonder and asks Kandi to write her next song. Dwight helps Phaedra plan her over-the-topKentucky Derby-themed baby shower. Kandi, Cynthia and Kim quickly realize this shower is unlike any other shower they’ve ever attended.
5 Hot Mama’s Day November 1, 2010
Kim states her views on cheating, as a guest on Kandi’s web chat show “Kandi Koated Nights.” NeNe reveals more than just her new nose to Cynthia, and Sheree has a finger lickin’ good time on a date with the “Love Doctor.” Meanwhile, Phaedra gets personal with a jar of pickles for her pregnancy photo shoot. When the ladies get together at Cynthia’s to celebrate Mother’s Day, the topic of sex becomes the main course, but by dessert, NeNe’s marital issues take the cake.
6 Trashed Collection November 7, 2010
NeNe hopes to inspire a career path for her late bloomer son by introducing him to Cynthia’s club-owner boyfriend. Meanwhile, Kim lays down music trackswith Kandi’s help, but creative differences create dissension; and NeNe’s marriage issues escalate to the breaking point.
7 She Can Dance? November 14, 2010
Trying to prove she can dance, a driven Sheree steps up in a regional dance-themed charity event. Elsewhere, Phaedra prepares to give birth; tension mounts between Kandi and Kim over a new song; a cunning proposal surprises Cynthia; and Kim develops a new crush.
8 Is There A Doctor In The House? November 21, 2010
With her due date still a mystery to all, Phaedra prepares to give birth by arriving in Augusta to see her doctor. Elsewhere, NeNe tries to land a post as an entertainment reporter at a local TV station. And Sheree hosts a party, but NeNe’s inside scoop about Sheree’s date stirs up the drama.
9 NeNe Get Your Gun November 28, 2010
Phaedra adjusts to motherhood as she brings her new baby home from the hospital and proving it doesn’t get easier, Kim wrestles with her daughter’s questions about sex. Sheree decides that she has had enough and confronts “the doctor” about his evasiveness. Kandi rewrites “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing” to make it more Kim-friendly and plays the new track at Kim’s parents’ dinner party. Cynthia plans her dream wedding with a celebrated stylist friend and high-end wedding planner, while NeNe’s marriage nears the breaking point as her relationship problems are exposed in a very public way, leading to a dramatic confrontation with Gregg.
10 Auto Tuned Up December 5, 2010
Kim went back to Jan to work on her vocals and sings “The Ring Didn’t Mean a Thing.” Meanwhile, Kandi has a nascar race for charity.
11 Contract Player December 12, 2010
It’s time for Kim to start rehearsing for her upcoming tour with Kandi, but she’s more interested in get-skinny-quick treatments than learning the choreography for her show. Sheree receives some good news about her talent agency audition and enlists Kandi’s help to prepare for her role in a local play. Tension lingers from NeNe and Peter’s blow-up phone fight. The ladies think that Cynthia’s priorities are a bit off, but Cynthia has a plan to smooth things over with NeNe with a friend contract. Meanwhile, Dwight tells Phaedra what everyone has been saying about her mysterious pregnancy. Phaedra is not happy and intends to confront the ladies about the gossip.
12 Not So Fine Print December 19, 2010
Sheree gives her daughter’s apartment a make-over; Kandi puts the finishing touches on her album; and the women have it out during a trip to a day-spa.
13 Tour-ture January 9, 2011
Phaedra is worried about having Kim at their ultra southern baby debut – Ayden’s Sip n’ See party, but when Kim shows up with her nursing license, Phaedra is ready to hear her out. Meanwhile, NeNe has no worries about nailing her interview with Jermaine Dupri, until she is thrown a curve ball. When Cynthia’s fiancé, Peter, reveals that his restaurant is on the brink of financial collapse, Cynthia’s dream wedding is in jeopardy and not even a counseling session can solve their problems. After a tearful goodbye with her girls, Kim is confident she’s going to kill it on Kandi’s promo tour. However, when the tour kicks off in Charlotte and Kim proceeds to complain about everything from the schedule to the size of her bunk, Kandi realizes she had no idea what she was in for.
14 Flamingo Road Block January 16, 2011
15 I Think We’re Done Now, Bitch! January 23, 2011
16 Season 3 Reunion: Part 1 January 30, 2011
17 Season 3 Reunion: Part 2 February 6, 2011
18 Season 3 Lost Footage February 13, 2011