Bad Girls Club (abbreviated BGC) is an American reality television series created by Jonathan Murray for the Oxygen network in the United States.The show focuses on the altercations and physical confrontations of seven highly aggressive, quarrelsome, and unruly women. Each of the women tend to have psychological and behavioral problems. Mischievously sexual and rascally moments are also captured among the women. All seven women have different backgrounds and personalities. They are introduced to the show based on their capacity to be a "charismatic, tough chick." The cast, deemed "bad girls", enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in a fine mansion for three months, during which they must obey specified rules. Their lives inside and outside of the house are chronicled and recorded by the production team.
Bad Girls Club airs in three nations besides the United States; MTV Australia, RTL 5 in The Netherlands, and TV11 in Sweden. Bunim-Murray has never licensed the show's format to a broadcaster in another nation for a local version of the series. The format of the show has changed from earlier seasons. If a cast member violates production rules, she is evicted from the show and, if it is early in the season, replaced by a new cast member. The fourth season is considered the series' "breakthrough season", becoming Oxygen's first series ever to average over one million viewers per episode.
There have been four spin-offs including Bad Girls Road Trip, Tanisha Gets Married, Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too – where past cast members seek true love, and Bad Girls All-Star Battle. Of all the contestants, Kerry Harvick (of season one) was a successful country singer before the show. Tanisha Thomas (of season two) later hosted Oxygen's OxygenLive! and the subsequent seasons of Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. Thomas, who has been dubbed the "godmother" to all contestants, had her own series entitled Tanisha Gets Married.
Bad Girls Club was renewed for a seventeenth season, and will be titled Bad Girls Club: East Meets West.