The Real Housewives of Atlanta (abbreviated RHOA) is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Orange County and New York City, it is currently in its tenth season and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
The series originally focused on NeNe Leakes, DeShawn Snow, Shereé Whitfield, Lisa Wu, and Kim Zolciak. The tenth season lineup consists of Leakes, Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, and Porsha Williams. Of the original housewives, Snow and Wu-Hartwell respectively left after the first and second seasons; Whitfield initially left after the fourth season before returning as a friend of the housewives in the eighth and a full-time housewife in the ninth; Zolciak stopped filming during production of the fifth season before returning as a friend of the housewives in the tenth; and Leakes left after the seventh before returning for the tenth. The remaining housewives joined in later seasons; Burruss in the second, Bailey in the third, Moore and Williams in the fifth (the latter of whom was a friend of the housewives in the seventh). Past housewives include Phaedra Parks (season 3–9), Claudia Jordan (season 7), and Kim Fields (season 8).
The Real Housewives of Atlanta has received moderately favorable reviews from critics and has been recognized as a "guilty pleasure" by several media outlets. However, the series has been criticized for appearing to fabricate portions of its storyline. As of February 2014, it was the highest-rated installment of The Real Housewives franchise and the most-watched series airing on Bravo. Its success has resulted in the conceptions of the spin-offs The Kandi Factory (featuring Burruss), Don't Be Tardy (featuring Zolciak), I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding (featuring Leakes), Kandi's Wedding and Kandi's Ski Trip (again, featuring Burruss).