The Real Housewives series created by Bravo goes into the lives of “wealthy” women of their city and their supposedly glamourous day-to-day routines. These competitive women with all of their jewelry, designer clothes and botox claim to be just like every other American housewife with all the same responsibilities. Yes, Americans love to watch people that are better off than them to see all of the ridiculous purchases they make but most importantly they love to watch their drama filled and superficial lives. Most importantly because viewers know that their lives are not as ridiculous and horrible as women they are watching, either subconsciously or consciously sitting back and judging the way they live. People love to watch these “real” housewives crash and burn. The majority of the housewives in the beginning of the season that are seen buying the most lavish gifts are then seen in the next season not on the show because their house is in foreclosure. This is the trash we Americans love to watch. For example, In Real Housewives of New Jersey, Theresa Giudice during the middle of the season is accused of her house being in foreclosure. In the beginning of the season Theresa bought much more lavish things than the other housewives and during the season finale when her “wealth” was questioned she got extremely mad. Theresa did not want the glamour and standard of being a wealthy housewife to be questioned and when it was discovered that her house was in foreclosure, more people turned in to see what would happen to her family and their extravagant mansion. In the beginning, Americans are almost jealous and envious of the wealth and celebrity that these women have but in the end almost happy and more glued to the television now that they are not living happily ever after.
Mothers especially that watch this show gain a sigh of relief because they at least can say that they aren’t as bad as these housewives. The possessions that these housewives buy their children to ridiculously spoil them allow the moms that watch them to almost get a “pat on the back” that they are not like that. The nannies and maids are another aspect of many of these women’s lives and people tune in to see how little these mothers take care of their children. My favorite though is when these women complain about how much they are “inside taking care of their children”. This is completely false because if that were the case they would most definitely not be on this show. I think the reason Americans are obsessed with television shows like this is because it is the exact opposite of their average lives. Most importantly, they can reassure themselves that no matter what troubles they have at home at least they are not terrible parents like the Real Housewives.