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Much in the same vein as the Bravo Real Housewives franchise, VH1 developed its Mob Wives series. Debuting on April 17, 2011, the concept for the show is credited to Jennifer "Jenn" Graziano, sister of Renee Graziano, one of the featured women on the show. The show follows the exploits of six women in Staten Island who are connected to various alleged mob associates, some of whom were or became incarcerated during the filming of the show or are deceased.

The cast for Season One included:

Renee Graziano, daughter of Anthony Graziano, who was incarcerated during Season Two of the show, after her ex-husband Hector Junior Pagan turned state's evidence on him. As a result, Renee suffered a breakdown on camera. She was considering a reconciliation with ex-husband Pagan who returned to jail after a conviction for heading a marijuana distribution ring. Her 16 year old son, A. J., sometimes appears on the show. The 41 year old self-described drama queen began Jail Mail, a greeting card company and has worked on styling clothing for music videos.

Drita D'Avanzo is a freelance make-up artist. Her Albanian ancestry has cast her as an outsider at times. Her husband, Lee D'Avanzo, was imprisoned for a second bank robbery. Their daughters, Aleeya, 9 and Gizelle, 3 are sometimes featured on the show. Drita filed for divorce during filming after finding out that her 32 year old husband fathered a child with another woman during their marriage. D'Avanzo is the son of the late Lewis D'Avanzo, a cousin of Rudolph Giuliani. Prior to his marriage to Drita, he had a long term relationship with Karen Gravano, also a Mob Wives cast member.

Carla Facciolo was married to Joseph Ferragamo, a stockbroker convicted of activity connected to an alleged house stock scandal. Carla is a stay at home mother and juice company representative with twins. Upon her ex-husband's release, she allowed him to move back into the home for their children. It also appeared as though they may have a reconciliation, although Ferragamo made no secret that he was dating several younger women.

Karen Gravano is Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano's daughter, a former underboss who turned state's evidence on the Gambino crime family. As a federal informant, he was largely responsible for the conviction of John Gotti and other mob associates. The details of her seven year relationship with Lee D'Avanzo, Drita's ex-husband, have been released in her Mob Wives, book, which instantly became a New York Times best seller.

Season Two of the Mob Wives show debuted on January 1, 2012, including two new cast members:

Ramona Rizzo, granddaughter of Benjamin Lefty Guns Ruggiero, a former mobster that was played by Al Pacino in the movie Donnie Brasco. Karen Gravano's childhood friend was married for a year to a man of Jordanian heritage, with which she had four children: Giovanni, Melina, Anissa and Jenny.

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola is captain of Genovese crime family, the deceased Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi's niece. The single mother of two had a long history of mob connected boyfriends and has an estranged husband whom has never been seen on the show. With two sisters and four brothers, Big Ang runs the Drunken Monkey bar, which is being featured on her own spin-off show, Big Ang, which premiered on July 8, 2012 on VH1.

Season Three began filming in July 2012, scheduled to debut in late December 2012 or early January of 2013. Joining the cast of Season Three will be:

Sister of cast member Carla Facciolo, Gina Marie Facciolo. Her husband was imprisoned as the result of a mob association.

Adriana Reina, granddaughter of Lucchese crime family's Gaetano "Tommy" Reina. Rizzo and D'Avanzo were her childhood friends.

The Mob Wives show's ratings were so high that it spawned a spin-off show featuring mafia connected women from the midwest region. Just as the original Mob Wives began filming for Season Three, Mob Wives: Chicago, began airing on June 10, 2012 on VH1.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on VH1
6 Seasons, 83 Episodes
April 17, 2011
Cast: Drita D'Avanzo, Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo, Karen Gravano
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Mob Wives Full Episode Guide

  • Never-before-seen footage is featured before the final sitdown. Drita and Karen come together to hash things out and Ang makes a heartfelt appearance in the midst of her intensive cancer treatment.

  • Karen tries step out of the drama and back into her relationship with her daughter. Renee performs in her final ballroom dancing class. Drita continues to steam after hearing Karen's verbal attack and calls for a final sitdown with Karen and Marissa. Ang reveals some disturbing news about her health.

  • Karen is determined to squash the feud between Brittany, Carla and Renee. Big Ang's awaits life-changing information about her cancer.

  • Ang receives devastating news that exposes the weaknesses in her marriage with Neil. Brittany's issues with Renee and Carla strengthen alliances with Drita. A disturbing rumor reignites the toxic feud between Drita and Karen.

  • When Marissa and Brittany wage war on each other, the other women are forced to take sides. Drita searches for inspiration for her book, as well as Lee's blessing. Ang gets devastating news about her health.

  • Fed up with the drama, Ang gathers the OGs in an abandoned warehouse to have a talk. Renee works to convince her son and his girlfriend to move in with her. Karen finds herself in the middle of a feud between Brittany and Marissa.

  • Ang gives Neil an ultimatum after a fight about finances. While tensions between Drita and Carla run high at Ang's birthday party, Karen continues to deal with her father's critics. Marissa voices her strong opinions about Brittany's newfound friendship with Drita.

  • After Brittany and Marissa's confrontation, the ladies try to enjoy their final days in the Hamptons.

  • Drita stands up for herself when she hears the allegations from the Mermaid Parade. Karen and Storm are faced with major dilemmas.

  • In the sixth season premiere, the women have finally established peace, but a new girl threatens the calm.

  • Friends and family of Big Ang as well as fellow "Mob Wives" cast members celebrate the life and memory of Angela "Big Ang" Raiola.

  • The ladies continue to discuss the events of the fifth season.

  • New accusations are thrown and alliances are shifted in part one of the epic two part reunion, hosted by Vivica Fox. Drita, Renee, Ang, Karen, and Natalie sit down for an explosive look back at the past season.

  • Drita tries to control her emotions upon her discovery of Natalie's deception; Renee throws a party; the Natalies nearly meet; unexpected guests disturb the celebration.

  • Nat D's boyfriend makes a chilling and unexpected appearance at her home. Meanwhile, Renee decides to take her newfound peace to the next level. Karen receives a letter from her father causing her to work harder towards his early release from prison. Drita continues to maintain her loyalty to Natalie, but is pushed to the edge after her sit-down with Nat D.

  • Renee encounters a friend from her past while Natalie D. invites the women to attend her charity event. Drita decides who she will be loyal to.

  • Karen tries to settle issues with her ex while Big Ang tries to get all the girls together for a Thanksgiving dinner.

  • The tension between Karen and Natalie escalates. Renee finds out new about her ex-husband.

  • As the social media war rages on, Karen and Renee's hate for Natalie increases; Ang arranges a meet-up for everyone.

  • Karen tries to mediate the situation between Renee and Ang in hopes of getting the crew back together.

  • Renee is overwhelmed with news of her ex-husband's latest betrayal and her son's unexpected accident. Drita introduces the Staten Island circle to Philadelphia local Nat D at a magazine release party from her latest gig. Meanwhile, a Philly rivalry begins to brew as Natalie G delves deeper into the new girl's personal life.

  • Ang and Renee sit down in an effort to work things out with the help of Ang's surprise guest.

  • Big Ang's party provides the opportunity for the showdown between Karen and Natalie to continue. Meanwhile, Karen makes a shocking discovery, and Drita meets the new addition to Ang's family.

  • Drita decides it's time to hash things out with Renee, but new information has Drita upset with Natalie and she decides to address it head on.

  • In the season premiere, gossip, lies and misunderstandings plague the women.

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