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What Is Vanderpump Rules? Everything to Know About the Bravo Series

Here's the background on the RHOBH spin-off featuring Lisa Vanderpump. 

By Talia Ergas

Whether you've been watching since Season 1 — which premiered in 2013 — or jumped in on the chaos in Season 10 (which rocked the Bravoverse and beyond), no one can deny that Vanderpump Rules always keeps it interesting. In the 10 years that it's been on the air, the Bravo series has given us so much to talk about, and viewers have gotten to watch the cast both evolve and go through major life changes in that time. 

How to Watch

Watch Vanderpump Rules on Bravo Tuesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock. Catch up on the Bravo app.  

Here's what to know about the Bravo series starring Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former restaurant employees. 

When did Vanderpump Rules start?

The first season of VPR premiered on January 7, 2013. The series was developed as a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, on which Lisa was a cast member at the time. (Lisa also serves as an executive producer on the spinoff show.) The show focused on Lisa’s West Hollywood establishment, SUR Restaurant & Lounge, and the lives of the bartenders and waiters, known as SURvers. 

The Season 1 premiere of VPR debuted as a crossover episode with Season 4 of RHOBH, featuring a conversation between a then-RHOBH cast member and VPR cast member Scheana Shay, who'd once had an affair with said Housewife's ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian. 

Staff Shake Up

What is Vanderpump Rules about?

Vanderpump Rules follows the lives of the current and former SURvers and bartenders at SUR. And, when Lisa opened TomTom Restaurant & Bar in West Hollywood with Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval as co-owners, the series followed the inner workings of that establishment as well. 

As a boss and mentor to the cast, Lisa is seen as the voice of reason on the show, and she often offers her wisdom on the drama. The series has detailed friendships, fallouts, relationships, breakups, marriages, divorces, cheating scandals, business ventures, the birth of children and more among the cast members. 

The cast of Vanderpump Rules Season 11 dressed in neutral and beige tones in a purle room overlooing LA.

What was the Vanderpump Rules Season 10 scandal?

Season 10 documented the revelation that Tom Sandoval had been cheating on Ariana Madix — his girlfriend of nine years with whom he owned a house — with their mutual friend and fellow cast member.

The cheating scandal was discovered in March 2023, after filming had stopped for Season 10, but the cameras quickly picked back up to capture the fallout of the situation and an additional episode was added to the end of the season. An emotional Season 10 reunion documented the first time some of the cast members had seen each other since the scandal unfolded. 

The Full Backstory of Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix’s Relationship

Is Vanderpump Rules scripted?

Absolutely not! Vanderpump Rules is a non-scripted reality series that documents the lives of Lisa and her current and former restaurant employees. 

Vanderpump Rules cast seen giving a cheers while out for drinks in Hollywood, LA.

How many seasons of Vanderpump Rules are there?

So far, 10 seasons of Vanderpump Rules have aired. The 11th season will premiere on January 30, 2024. 

If you want to get a primer on those last 10 seasons, the Vanderpump Rules special, “A Decade of Rumors and Lies,” airs on Bravo on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10:15/9:15c. Peacock will stream an extended version of the special with exclusive sneak peeks of the upcoming season starting the following day at 6 a.m. ET.

"A Decade of Rumors and Lives" looks back at 10 years of the most talked-about deceptions and transgressions within the friend group.

Fans can catch all prior seasons of Vanderpump Rules on Peacock, on, and on the Bravo app.

The ladies of Vanderpump Rules out to dinner together with Lisa Vanderpump

Where can I watch Vanderpump Rules?

Vanderpump Rules Season 11 premieres Tuesday, January 30 on Bravo at 8/7c. You’ll be able to stream new episodes of Vanderpump Rules the day after it airs on Bravo – that will be Wednesdays — on Peacock. Episodes are released at 6 a.m. ET.

New episodes will air on Bravo every subsequent at Tuesday at 8/7c.

Seasons 1 through 10 at are currently available to stream on Peacock, on, and in the Bravo app.

Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, and Lala Kent have a cute moment together while at a party.

Who is on Vanderpump Rules Season 11?

Lisa Vanderpump, Tom Sandoval, Tom Schwartz, Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, Lala Kent, and James Kennedy are returning as cast members, along with James' girlfriend Ally Lewber and Sheana's husband Brock Davies.

For a sneak peek at the upcoming season and a taste of the drama ahead, press play on the video clip at the top of the page. 

The ladies of Vanderpump Rules toasting a drink while at Tom Tom restaurant.

What is the Vanderpump Rules theme song?

The theme song for the series is “Raise Your Glass” by Dena Deadly.

“I definitely neglected [that song] for a lot of years because my standard was the Grammys and so it was like, this is no big deal to me. Now, I have nothing but humility and gratitude for it,” the singer told Rolling Stone in May 2023 of the song’s popularity in relation to VPR. “People are enjoying it and joy is radical in these times. I’m just glad to be a part of that. I’m just so happy that people love it and are rocking out to it in the club.”

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