Alec Karam is a former breaking news intern for The Daily Beast and a freelance culture journalist. When he’s not writing, he’s either watching The Real Housewives or talking about it with people who don’t care. And sometimes, he’s writing about The Real Housewives.

A photo illustration of casts of different seasons of Real Houswives.

For the first time in years, there’s no Real Housewives franchise airing. Whether you’re a Bravo super fan or a total newbie, here’s an expert’s guide to diving into to each city.