Inside The 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey''s Opulent McMansions

06/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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The Bravo Housewives franchise, now in its fourth iteration, has finally hit emotional pay dirt with five big-gestured, big-hearted Italian-American women. And the network has found a visual sweet spot to match: these Jersey girls are living as large as their mouths in brash palaces, affording viewers the voyeuristic thrill of ogling butterfly staircases, double-height foyers and chandelier lifts. Here is a "super-size me" sensibility that has an appealing, self-indulgent quality.

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