These shows help us realize that everyone has problems and we'd probably prefer our lives with our little problems to what we once thought was perfection. We always think a lot of money makes life great and the Housewives teach us differently. So annoying as they are, they're helping us appreciate our lives so much more.
I've learned from Lisa that even though she has everything, she loves her dog more than her husband....that Kyle will always worry that her husband will wander....that Adrienne should have married a man she can look up to rather than treat like a dog or a doormat, etc etc.
They all have their problems and I'll take mine over theirs anyday.