I remember years ago watching The Louds - An American Family on PBS.
It was the first "reality" show - done cinema verité style.
During the course of the show, the Louds argued a lot and eventually divorced - all on camera.
I remember at that time thinking how surreal it all was.
It made me think of Paddy Chayevsky's "Network" - one of the most brilliant, prophetic movies ever.
The Housewives have way too much in common with both. Fascinating to watch; yet incredibly chilling at the same time.
It all makes me appreciate my rather mundane life a lot.