Comparing the cast of Mob Wives to any of the Real Housewives casts is like choosing between two women, both of them loud and bull-headed. Neither show boasts a cast of women any reasonable person could describe as “normal” or even “okay to be stuck in an elevator with for an hour.” So why do so many viewers tune in? Because it’s like watching a 13 week-long car wreck that just keeps getting harder to believe.
Mob Wives airs on VH1 on Sundays at 8 pm ET and is currently in its third season. The show is built around the stories of women who are related to or married to men serving time for participating in organized crime. As you might suspect, the show isn’t much on subtle conversations about current events. In fact, nearly every conversation seems to center around who is (or who isn’t) getting respect, and which woman looks best in flashy costume jewelry. Like the mob itself, the cast of Mob Wives is not exactly comprised of what you might call a civilized group of people.
Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City has lasted five seasons and sparked spin-off versions set in Beverly Hills, New Jersey, Atlanta, Orange County and Vancouver. While the faces are different, all the shows have a couple of things in common. None of the women appearing on the show are housewives in the traditional sense of the word, and every single woman looks as if she’s been ripped from the pages of “Trophy Wife” magazine. While several of the versions of the show have been off the air since last year, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Mondays at 9 ET) is currently wrapping up its seasons on Bravo.
So after all of this how do we compare these two franchises? Well, with this list of fun and often arbitrary categories, of course.
They Got (Scary) Style
This category somewhat depends on how you define the phrase “scary style”. If you’re horrified by plastic surgery and fake lips the size of sofa cushions, than the cast of Real Housewives of Orange County might fit the bill. But if you cower in the face of women who look as if they were dressed by a drunken Kmart fashion designer, than Mob Wives takes the cake. The Mob Wives are more down-to-earth in their trashiness while the average Real Housewife has spent tens of thousands of dollars to look as utterly unnatural as possible.