Real-world dramas whirl around five privileged ladies from Atlanta in this soapy entry in the "Real Housewives" franchise. In the series premiere, DeShawn---the wife of a professional basketball player---sees her mansion for the very first time, and real-estate maven Lisa struggles to juggle family and career. Meanwhile, interpersonal troubles loom when the housewives gather at Sheree's birthday bash.
NeNe is still hopping mad in the aftermath of Sheree's birthday bash. Meanwhile, it's a big-bucks birthday blowout for Kim's daughter, with some of the housewives attending the event---including the feuding NeNe and Sheree. Also: Lisa comes down with the flu.
The housewives journey to the country to visit Kim's spiritual adviser---but an ominous prediction raises tension. Coincidence or not, NeNe receives bad news that questions the identity of her father. Also: Kim works to become a country artist; and DeShawn attempts to throw a black-tie gala for charity.
DeShawn basks in Atlanta's social scene by throwing a glam gala at her private estate. Elsewhere, Kim and Sheree share a spa day and dinner, but their bonding has a nasty impact on one of their peers. And Lisa's jewelry line sparkles to success as she signs a distribution deal and participates in a glitzy photo shoot.
Kim tries to tune up her music career when a producer sends her to a music coach. Meanwhile, it's a no-no for NeNe when she disparages Kim's career, followed by catty consequences. Other developments: Sheree and Lisa take a pole-dancing class; and NeNe holds a brunch to raise funds for a battered-women foundation.
Sheree takes a boating trip with Kim on a Georgia lake. But it's her clothing line that she really hopes will set sail, as she hosts a lavish viewing of her fashion samples. Meanwhile, NeNe continues to deal with paternal-identity issues and pursues DNA testing; and DeShawn invites the Southern belles over for a sunset barbecue.
In the first-season finale, Sheree, humbled by her failed fashion show, seeks advice from designer and "Project Runway" contestant Mychael Knight. On the sports page: Ed returns to the NFL and Eric considers retiring from the NBA. It all culminates with the housewives congregating for a tasty but testy dinner.