The Real Housewives of Potomac
GenreReality television
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes152 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Steven Weinstock
  • Glenda Hersh
  • Lauren Eskelin
  • Lorraine Haughton-Lawson
  • Kemar Bassaragh
  • Bianca Barnes-Williams
  • Ashley McFarlin Buie
  • Andy Cohen
  • Nora Devin
  • Eric Fuller
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 17, 2016 (2016-01-17) –
present (present)
Karen's Grande Dame Reunion

The Real Housewives of Potomac, abbreviated RHOP, is an American reality television series that premiered on January 17, 2016, on Bravo. Developed as the eighth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, it has aired eight seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of women living in and around Potomac, Maryland.

The cast of the recent eighth season consists of Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Wendy Osefo, Mia Thornton and Nneka Ihim, with former housewife Charrisse Jackson-Jordan and newcomer Keiarna Stewart serving as "friends of the housewives". Other previously featured cast members include Katie Rost and Monique Samuels.


Seasons 1–3

Initially titled Potomac Ensemble, The Real Housewives of Potomac was announced on November 11, 2015.[1][2] The series is the network's second attempt to develop a reality series based in the Washington, D.C. area. The first effort was The Real Housewives of D.C., which aired in 2010 and was canceled after one season.[3]

The first season premiered on January 17, 2016, and starred Gizelle Bryant, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan and Katie Rost.[4] After the filming for the second season began, Rost was fired from the show.[5] Monique Samuels was then added to the cast for the second season which premiered on April 2, 2017.[6]

The third season premiered on April 1, 2018, with Candiace Dillard Bassett joining the cast and Jordan appearing in a "friend" capacity.[7] Jordan left the show after the third season.[8]

Seasons 4–6

The fourth season, which began filming in August 2018, premiered on May 5, 2019.[9] The season featured Dillard's wedding and Rost as a "friend of the housewives."[10] Rost was not invited back to the fourth season's reunion taping or for the following season.[11]

The fifth season premiered on August 2, 2020, with Wendy Osefo as the newest cast member and Jackson Jordan appearing as a guest.[12] In December 2020, Samuels announced her departure from the series, despite receiving a contract for the next season.[13][14]

The sixth season premiered on July 11, 2021, with new housewife Mia Thornton and friend of the housewives Askale Davis joining.[15]

Seasons 7–present

The seventh season premiered on October 9, 2022, with Davis departing, former housewife Charrisse Jackson-Jordan returning as a friend of the housewives, alongside Jacqueline Blake.[16] Former cast members Rost and Davis both made a guest appearance.

The eighth season premiered on November 5, 2023, with new housewife Nneka Ihim and friend of the housewives Keiarna Stewart joining, alongside Jackson-Jordan returning in a "friend of the housewives" capacity. Former cast member Blake made guest appearances.[17]

In March 2024, Candiace Dillard Bassett announced her decision to exit the series, after six seasons.[18] In April 2024, Robyn Dixon confirmed she was fired from the show, after eight seasons. [19]


Timeline of cast members

Main cast members
Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Gizelle Bryant Main
Ashley Darby Main
Robyn Dixon Main
Karen Huger Main
Charrisse Jackson-Jordan Main Friend Guest Friend
Katie Rost Main Guest Friend Guest
Monique Samuels Main
Candiace Dillard Bassett Main
Wendy Osefo Main
Mia Thornton Main
Nneka Ihim Main
Stacey Rusch Main
Jassi Rideaux Main
Friends of the housewives
Askale Davis Friend Guest
Jacqueline Blake Friend Guest
Keiarna Stewart Guest Friend


Main article: List of The Real Housewives of Potomac episodes

The Real Housewives of Potomac episodes
SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedAverage
First airedLast aired
112January 17, 2016 (2016-01-17)April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17)1.62
214April 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)July 16, 2017 (2017-07-16)1.40
320April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)August 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)1.06
421May 5, 2019 (2019-05-05)September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)1.05
522August 2, 2020 (2020-08-02)December 27, 2020 (2020-12-27)1.03
622July 11, 2021 (2021-07-11)December 5, 2021 (2021-12-05)1.00
720October 9, 2022 (2022-10-09)March 5, 2023 (2023-03-05)0.86
821November 5, 2023 (2023-11-05)April 14, 2024 (2024-04-14)0.70



The premiere episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac received a 1.2 rating in adults 18–49 years adult demographic and 2.54 million viewers in total, according to Nielsen Media Research's "live plus-3" estimates. The episode was the highest-rated premiere of any series of The Real Housewives franchise.[20] The first season of the series averaged 2.1 million viewers in the "live plus-3" estimates, becoming the network's most-watched first season of a series since The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2010.[21]

Bravo announced in February 2024, that with delayed viewing attributed, the season eight premiere drew the show's biggest premiere audience in its history, with 2.2 million viewers and the shows most watched season across all platforms, with 2.7 million.[22]

Critical response

The reality series has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. Amy Amatangelo, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said, "Like its predecessors, The Real Housewives of Potomac offers escapist TV at the highest level," and also added, "You can watch with the comfort that you would never behave this way and delight in all the ridiculous shenanigans." Amatangelo praised the show's diversity by saying that the network aims for the franchise to be "an equal-opportunity offender".[23] Joi-Marie McKenzie of ABC News, reviewing the show's premiere, said, "Between the show introductions, there was plenty of shade-throwing and one-liners to keep "Housewives" enthusiasts entertained."[24]


During the fifth season of RHOP, cast member Monique Samuels got into a physical altercation with co-star Candiace Dillard Bassett. Samuels and Dillard Bassett were both charged with second-degree assault in Maryland's District Court of Montgomery County. Both women appeared in court, and all charges were dropped.[25] Samuels did not return to The Real Housewives of Potomac for its sixth season, despite being asked back by the network.


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