So, if you’re like me, you can probably appreciate a good (or so-good-it’s-bad) reality show. Usually they’re on networks like Bravo and feature irritatingly attractive people. There’s lots of backstabbing, sniping, and passive aggressive eye rolling. That’s why we watch it and love it. You’ve probably seen your friends on social media talking about Selling Sunset. I thought it was a Bravo show streaming on Netflix, but it’s actually a Netflix show! And it has all of the trappings of a perfect Bravo-style reality show. Conventionally attractive people selling homes most of us will never be able to afford. Oh, and they fight with each other while they do it. What’s not to love?
The focus of Selling Sunset is The Oppenheim Group, a real estate firm in Los Angeles.They sell multi-million dollar homes in Los Angeles, mostly in West Hollywood and The Hills. Twin brothers Jason and Brett Oppenheim are in charge, and they’ve hired a team of glamorous women to sell their properties. While the company is real, a lot of people on social media have questioned if any of these women actually work for them. Honestly, them paying beautiful women to be catty for ratings isn’t surprising. These guys are smart, and surprisingly short. Pretty much every one of the women are taller than them, and that’s before they put on their stilettos.
Okay, let me introduce you to the glamazons of Selling Sunset. They’re the kind of women you love to hate. Some you may even love. And they hate each other enough to fill a million dollar in-ground pool.
Christine is the perfect reality show villain. As soon as you meet her, she says that she’s just so honest and she can’t help that people think she’s mean. She actually complains to an old friend that she was bullied in high school because she was 5’8” and pretty. Her icy blonde hair and lips that have likely seen their share of fillers makes her an ideal Housewives candidate in a few years. And the woman is cutthroat. She manages to start a fight with her “ride-or-die” friend Mary on the night of Mary’s engagement party. Andy Cohen better get her on speed dial.
Chrishell is probably my fave. A former soap opera actress (shout out to All My Children) she was married to This is Us star Justin Hartley. She’s adorable, and yeah, she’s kind of bitchy, but you have to be if you’re going to work with these women. She and Christine don’t get along from the start because of Christine being a horrible person. The dislike only grows, and honey, we love to see it. Chrishell is currently on this season of Dancing with the Stars, which is even more fun.
Mary’s got a platinum blonde lob and the cheekbones to pull it off. And she’s a total cougar. Her man, Romain, is more than ten years her junior and a French chef. She’s Christine’s bestie at the beginning, but they end up frenemies, which, hello, we love. You can tell that she maybe likes the drama a little, but she’d rather be with her hot man at home with a glass of Chardonnay. (Bonus, she’s friends with Taye Diggs, who makes an appearance in season 1.)
Maya is my other fave. She’s Israeli, and she doesn’t take shit from anyone. Her husband lives and works in Miami, so she travels back and forth. She most certainly doesn’t have time for any of the others and their bullshit. At least she can go to Miami to escape from all of it for a while, because oof.
The other women on Selling Sunset, Heather, Davina and Amanza, are total reality show archetypes. Davina is the two-faced shit starter. Amanza is the shit stirrer, and Heather is the one with the wide eyes and wide ears.
The Oppenheims remind me of a cross between the Winklevoss twins (from the Social Network) and Right Said Fred. They wear clothes to show women they spend too much time in the gym for men with jobs. Then they’ll swoop in, sell a few houses, throw a party and call it a day. My biggest issue with them is that they call the women “girls,” which is condescending considering those women are like, rich.
Thankfully, there are only three seasons of Selling Sunset, and each season has eight episodes. You will find yourself bingeing it before you realize what’s happening. Because this is exactly the kind of thing you need to be watching right now — mindless trash.
Selling Sunset is now streaming on Netflix.