The only RH show I have followed closely is NJ. I think what appealed to me in the beginning was that it all seemed so tongue-in-cheek. These were not glamorous women, despite the surgical enhancements, and none of them seemed to be living unreachable lifestyles. They were more down-to-earth, and more earthy. Watching them primp and pretend they are "celebrities" was amusing. So was their horror over Danielle. It was funny! Teresa's animalistic behavior was shocking, but also fun to watch. Their "problems" seemed so insignifcant compared to mine.
It's ironic that Teresa, now, has my grudging admiration. She is working against the tide - or tidal wave - of pending bankruptcy fraud charges and the inevitability of having to pay back $11 million. She's like the Dutch boy and the dike, except that she's using cookbooks to plug the hole.
Hers is the only story I find "real" on the show. And, yes, it is like watching a trainwreck.