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Keeping Up with the Kardashians (abbreviated KUWTK) is an American reality television series that airs on the E! cable network and focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner blended family. Its premise originated with Ryan Seacrest, who also serves as an executive producer. The series debuted on October 14, 2007 and has subsequently become one of the longest-running reality television series in the country; the eleventh season of the show premiered on November 15, 2015.
The series mainly focuses on sisters Kim, Kourtney, and Khlo Kardashian. It additionally places emphasis on their parents Kris and Caitlyn Jenner (previously known as Bruce Jenner), their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and brother Rob Kardashian. The significant others of the Kardashian sisters have also been featured on the show, including Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick and Khlo's husband Lamar Odom. Caitlyn's son Brody has made cameo appearances in the early seasons before joining the show to appear regularly, along with his brother Brandon, and Brandon's wife, Leah. Kim's best friend Jonathan Cheban and Khlo's best friend Malika Haqq have also been a part of the show.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians has received very poor reviews from critics since its premiere. It is often criticized for highly emphasizing the "famous for being famous" concept and for appearing to fabricate some aspects of its storylines. Several critics also noted the show's lack of intelligence and described the family as "self-absorbed" and "desperate" for fame. However, some critics recognized the reality series as a "guilty pleasure" and acknowledged the family's success. Despite the negative reviews, Keeping Up with the Kardashians has attracted high viewership ratings, becoming one of the most successful shows of the network and winning several audience awards.
The series' success has additionally lead to the creation of numerous spin-off series, including Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Khlo & Lamar, and Kourtney and Khlo Take The Hamptons, as well as the most recent Dash Dolls. The network has also broadcast several television specials featuring special events surrounding the members of the family.
Robert Kardashian (19442003) and Kristen Mary "Kris" Houghton (born 1955) married in 1978, and had four children together, daughters Kourtney (born 1979), Kim (1980), and Khlo (1984), and son Rob (1987). The couple divorced in 1991. In 1994, Robert entered the media spotlight when he defended O. J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman during a lengthy trial. In 1991, Kris married retired Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner (born 1949; now known as Caitlyn Jenner after undergoing a gender transition in 2015). Caitlyn and Kris had two daughters together, Kendall (born 1995) and Kylie (1997). Robert died in 2003 eight weeks after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The Kardashian sisters later started appearing in the media spotlight more often; in 2004, Kim became a personal stylist to recording artist Brandy Norwood; she eventually developed into a full-time stylist, and was a personal shopper and stylist to actress Lindsay Lohan. Khlo, Kim and Kourtney further ventured into fashion, opening a high fashion boutique Dash in Calabasas, California. Throughout Kim's early career, she involved herself in some high-profile relationships including Norwood's brother, rapper Ray J, and later, singer Nick Lachey. In 2006, Kourtney starred in her first reality television series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. In February 2007, a home sex video that Kim made with Ray J years earlier was leaked. Vivid Entertainment bought the rights for and released the film as Kim Kardashian: Superstar on February 21. Kim sued Vivid for ownership of the tape, but dropped the suit in April 2007 and settled with Vivid Entertainment for . It is often assumed that the release of the sex tape played a large part towards the rising fame of Kim Kardashian as well as her family altogether.
because I had formed a production company I thought we should find something in this vein. And at the time, we had heard that Kris was interested in doing something with the family, so it was me and one other guy at the company. [...] We had no idea it would become the monster pop culture business that it is."|source=Ryan Seacrest on developing the idea for the reality series.}}
The idea of creating a reality series originated in 2006 when Kris Jenner showed an interest in appearing on a television show together with her family. Jenner commented, "Everybody thinks that [my children] could create a bunch of drama in their lives, but it's something that I felt I didn't even have to think about. It would be natural." Producer Ryan Seacrest, who had his own production company, decided to develop the idea having a popular family-based show The Osbournes in his mind. He hired a camera man to visit the Kardashian's family house and tape them having a Sunday barbeque; "They were all together as crazy and as fun as loving as they are," Seacrest described the family after seeing the tape and later shared it with the E! network initiating the series; the show was eventually picked up. In August 2007, it was announced that the Kardashian and Jenner family would star in a yet-to-be-titled reality show on E! described as a "new non-scripted family sitcom", being produced by Ryan Seacrest and Bunim/Murray Productions. The series announcement came one week after Paris Hilton and her friend Nicole Richie announced that their popular E! series The Simple Life was ending. The show debuted on E!, an American cable network which features mostly entertainment-related programming and reality television series. Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered on October 14, 2007.
The series was renewed for a second season one month after its premiere citing high ratings. Seacrest described the show's success, "At the heart of the seriesdespite the catfights and endless sarcasmis a family that truly loves and supports one another [...] The familiar dynamics of this family make them one Hollywood bunch that is sure to entertain." The following year, Keeping Up with the Kardashians was picked up for a third season. Kim Kardashian commented on appearing on the show, "When we first started [the show], we came together as a family and said, "If we're going to do this reality show, we're going to be 100 percent who we really are." E! has never once put anything out there that we haven't approved of or accepted. If there's something that we're going through, it's going to get out anyway. It'll be on the cover of a tabloid, and it'll be twisted the completely wrong way. So why not tell our story?" In April 2012, E! signed a three-year deal with the Kardashian family that kept the series airing through seasons seven, eight and nine. The deal was estimated at . Keeping up with the Kardashians was later renewed for a tenth season which premiered on March 15, 2015. In February 2015, it was announced that the show had been renewed for four more years and additional spin-off series, making it one of the longest-running reality television series in the country. In terms of the show's future, Kim Kardashian has commented that the reality series could go for an indefinite number of seasons by saying that she "hope[s] it goes on for as long as it can."
Keeping Up With the Kardashians, including its spin-off series, has become the cable network's flagship show and the most lucrative franchise. "It has changed the face of E!" said Lisa Berger, the network's executive producer. "We were a place to report on celebrity; we weren't a place to break and make celebrity, which is now the whole idea of the E! brand." The show's success significantly contributed towards building the "Kardashian brand", or "Kardashian Inc." as defined by The Hollywood Reporter. "These shows are a 30-minute commercial," Khlo Kardashian admitted in 2011, in response to how the television series are used to promote their retails stores and endorsement deals.
The reality series revolves around the children of Kris Jenner, and originally mainly focused on her children from her first marriage to deceased attorney Robert Kardashian: Kourtney, Kim, Khlo, and Rob. Kris' children Kendall and Kylie from the successive marriage to American athlete Caitlyn Jenner (previously known as Bruce) have also been featured in the show since its beginning, along with Jenner's son Brody from another marriage, although he appeared very few times during the early seasons, mostly being called by his step-brother Rob to babysit their half-sisters Kylie and Kendall. Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick has also been frequently appearing on the show since the first season as well as show's spin-offs. Cast members also include numerous friends and other acquaintances of the family members, most notably Malika Haqq and Jonathan Cheban who joined Keeping Up with the Kardashians in the second and third seasons, respectively.
Most of the significant others of the Kardashian sisters have appeared on the reality series. Kim's relationship with football player Reggie Bush has been featured on the show when they were dating; after the breakup Bush commented on appearing on the show by saying that he never felt comfortable being followed by cameras, adding "I do it because it's important to [Kim]." Rob's relationship with singer Adrienne Bailon has also been documented on the show when they were dating from 2007 to 2009; although Bailon later admitted that the decision to appear on the show and be associated with the family were hurtful to her career. Kim's ex-husband Kris Humphries first appeared on the show during the premiere of the sixth season; their relationship has been chronicled throughout the season and ended with a couple's wedding special "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event". They eventually experienced a highly publicized divorce; it was later claimed that Humphries was allegedly set up to be portrayed on the show in a negative way and that the short-lived wedding was staged for the cameras and a ploy to generate money.
Khlo married basketball player Lamar Odom during a fourth season premiere aired in 2009, who later developed a major position as part of the supporting cast of the series, though he did not appear regularly during the following seasons as Odom was attempting to repair his marriage with Khlo. Kim's current husband Kanye West made his first appearance on Keeping Up with the Kardashians in July 2012 during the seventh season when he started dating Kim whom he later married. However, West showed very little presence throughout the subsequent seasons; he later explained the reasons for not appearing on the show, "You know, the amount of backlash I got from it is when I decided to not be on the show anymore. And it's not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get." In the eighth season, Caitlyn Jenner's sons Brandon and Brody Jenner as well as Brandon's wife Leah joined the cast for regular appearances.
The success of the reality series has resulted in the development of several spin-off shows and other related programming. In April 2009, E! announced the first spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians entitled Kourtney and Khlo in Miami, which was later renamed to Kourtney and Khlo Take Miami. The series followed the sisters who moved to Miami to open a new Dash boutique. Ted Harbert, president and CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group, considered the sisters being capable of handling their own standalone series. "It's a very simple formula that we took from scripted TV and applied to a reality show. [...] There are a lot of family sitcom elements to 'Kardashians,' and we think that humor and warmth will carry over to Miami," Harbert added. The show premiered on August 16, 2009 to very high ratings; the first episode brought in 2.7 million total viewers and then became the most-watched show on the network since The Anna Nicole Show in 2002. The spin-off was subsequently renewed for a second season which premiered on June 13, 2010, and later returned as Kourtney and Kim Take Miami for a third season on January 20, 2013. Additionally, a series of webisodes entitled Lord Disick: Lifestyles of a Lord were released following the show, which showcased Disick as he informed viewers on how to live like a "king".
Lisa Berger, the executive vice president of the network.}}
In October 2010, the network announced another spin-off called Kourtney and Kim Take New York which followed the same format as its predecessor. The show debuted on January 23, 2011, and followed the sisters who opened a Dash location in New York City. The series returned for another season which premiered on November 27 the same year. In January 2011, Khlo & Lamar was named as the third spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which featured Khlo and her husband, basketball player Lamar Odom. The show premiered on April 10, 2011, and lasted two seasons. In March 2014, E! announced the fourth spin-off entitled Kourtney and Khlo Take The Hamptons. The series premiered on November 2, 2014, and followed Kourtney and Khlo who relocated to The Hamptons to work on opening a new Dash pop-up store. The fifth spin-off series has also been announced entitled Dash Dolls. The most recent reality series chronicles the daily life of the employees of the upscale Dash boutique in Los Angeles owned by the Kardashian family.
The network has also aired several television specials featuring special events of the family. A two-part television event called "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event", showcasing the wedding between Kim and Kris Humphries, was broadcast on October 9 and 10, 2011 as part of the sixth season; the special was highly successful with a combined 10.5 million viewers. A few days after Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce) came out as a trans woman during the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer in May 2015, E! aired a two-part special on Keeping Up with the Kardashians entitled "About Bruce", in which another side of the story was told featuring family members who were not involved in the previous interview on 20/20. The special debuted on May 17, 2015, and brought in 2.92 million total viewers, a 40% increase from the previous episode, while the second part aired the following day with viewership dropping by 13%. I Am Cait, a separate documentary series, was announced immediately after the 20/20 interview. The eight-part one-hour docuseries debuted on July 26, 2015, on E!, and focused on how Jenner is handling the aftermath of the transition as well as attempted to approach various LGBT-related issues. Jeff Olde, the head of programming of E! network, said that the series is "not at all a Kardashian spin-off", and that "we will not resort to spectacle," trying to emphasize its distinct format that is entirely different from most programming on the network, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
endlessly amused with themselves, endlessly oblivious to one another. Their vanity is impervious to the outside world, which is how many of us often wish our own personal vanity worked. Their gargantuan egos, their petty jealousies, their catty feuds, the effort-vs.-eye-roll they put into reciting their lines, their commitment to frivolity at all costs these are seductive qualities in a reality-TV star, however repugnant they might be in real life. Whatever it is you watch reality TV for, the Kardashians just have a lot more of it."|source=Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone.}}
Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been the subject of constant panning by critics since its inception. Brian Lowry, reviewing the show for Variety, said that the network "widens its lens to encompass the whole irritating brood "? including Kim"?s sisters Khlo and Kourtney, mom-manager Kris and stepdad Bruce Jenner, who now has the distinction of having two sets of useless rich kids featured in pointless reality shows." Ginia Bellafonte from The New York Times compared the show to reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels and exclaimed that "the Kardashian show is not about an eccentric family living conventionally; it is purely about some desperate women climbing to the margins of fame, and that feels a lot creepier." Laura Burrows of IGN criticized the family for being too self-seeking and using the given platform to only gain more notoriety for themselves. Following the conclusion of the second season of the series, Burrows wrote, "Those of us who watch this show [...] want to believe that these whores of attention have souls and would actually do something for their fellow man and not reap the benefits of their service, but two seasons' worth of self-absorbed egocentrism speaks to the contrary."
Roxana Hadadi, reviewing Keeping Up with the Kardashians for The Washington Post, was extremely negative towards the reality series due to its absurdity, and commented that the show "firmly captures all of Kim and Co.'s dumbest instances from the series' debut from the simply self-absorbed to the downright despicable." Amaya Rivera, writing for Popmatters, has stated, regarding the series generally, "Indeed, there is something disturbing about the Kardashians' intense hunger for fame. But even worseit is downright boring to watch this family live out their tedious lives." John Kubicek, the senior writer of BuddyTV, reviewed the premiere of the third season of the show and discussed the reason of the family's success by adding that "the Kardashians' fame is a lot like Mbius strip or an M. C. Escher painting." Harriet Ryan and Adam Tschorn from Los Angeles Times described Keeping Up with the Kardashians as a "Hollywood version of The Brady Bunch -- the harmless high jinks of a loving blended family against a backdrop of wealth and famous connections". Jessica Chasmar from The Washington Times said that series "illustrates our nation"?s moral, spiritual and cultural decay." Emphasizing the series' negative influence and noted, "America of 50 years ago would regard Ms. Kardashian with a mixture of disdain and pity, embarrassed by the very idea of a young lady"?s most private moments being broadcast for all the world to see."
Goal Auzeen Saedi, reviewing Keeping Up with the Kardashians for Psychology Today, emphasized the show's influence by saying that "The Kardashians become more relatable the more famous they become." Saedi also questioned their decision to appear on the show and added, "But if living life in the spotlight is so taxing and demands multiple justifications for the way your life is being lived and criticized, perhaps you can take the cameras out of your house." Vinnie Mancuso, writing for The New York Observer, criticized the show and felt "roughly one iota of shadenfreudic pleasure from this endeavor, but for the most part this show is the 100% drizzling poops." David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, reviewing the tenth season, said that "even when you think something about the Kardashians could be interesting, it's not," also adding that the "entertainment value [of the show] is like having spent 10 years in Rapid City, S.D., watching the traffic lights change." Amy Amatangelo from The Hollywood Reporter said that "in true Kardashian fashion, they managed to make everything about them," after Caitlyn Jenner came out as a trans woman to her family in "About Bruce" special aired as part of the tenth season. Amatangelo felt that the conversations "seemed a little too staged, too controlled," and noted that "there was no attempt to educate the viewers about transgender issues."
Keeping Up with the Kardashians has me imagining the raven-haired siblings being tracked by a slobbering pack of hunting dogs. Sadly, the reality is much more mundane. The best we can hope for is a peek into the crazy chaos of life on the A-list. [...] The Kardashians would be the first to admit that their notoriety has little to do with any discernible talent, beyond an alarming capability for self-promotion."|source=Gareth Dimelow from Sabotage Times.}}
However, several critics were more positive towards the show. Tim Stack, writing for Entertainment Weekly, welcomed the show as a guilty pleasure and described the reality series as "my favorite little slice of reality TV spongecake." Lauren Le Vine of Refinery29 appreciated the success of the family who "achieved the American dream of making something out of nothing," using the given platform. Libby Hill from The A.V. Club also acknowledged the show's success and said, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians gives us real, joyous, ugly, unsavory, hilarious life, with all the polished sitcom trappings. And though the latter may have launched a multimedia empire, the former has made it last". Maura Kelly from The Guardian evaluated the aftermath of the failed wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries which was documented on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and subsequently caused public outrage, including an online protest petition to cancel the show. "Since Kim doesn't exactly seem to be an exemplar of self-awareness, I suppose it's possible that she really believed she and Humphries would live happily ever after," Kelly speculated whether the marriage was a publicity stunt. "But more likely, she and E! are laughing all the way to the bank 10.5 million viewers tuned into "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event", after all," Kelly summarized the controversy.
E! President Suzanne Kolb explains the popularity of the series in an interview with TheWrap.}}
Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been a ratings hit for E! in its first month it became the highest-rated series aired on Sunday nights for adults 1834 and was seen by 1.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Lisa Berger, executive vice president of original programming and series development for E!, said "The buzz surrounding the series is huge, and viewers have clearly fallen for the Kardashians. [...] Seacrest and Bunim-Murray's unique ability to capture this family's one-of-a-kind dynamics and hilarious antics has made the series a fantastic addition to our prime-time lineup." The second season continued the success and was viewed by 1.6 million viewers on average, which led to third season renewal. The two-hour fourth season premiere, which aired on November 8, 2009 and featured the wedding ceremony of Khlo and Lamar Odom, brought in then-record ratings with 3.2 million viewers. The subsequent season debuted with nearly 4.7 million total viewers, which ranked as the highest-rated season premiere of the show, as of August 2015. It was also the second highest-rated episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, second only to previous season's record-breaking finale with 4.8 million viewers.
The seventh season premiere of the series, which aired on May 20, 2012 in its earlier timeslot, continued to deliver high ratings and attracted almost 3 million total viewers as well as exceeded the premiere of the previous season by 16%. Kim Kardashian, one of the co-stars of the series, has explained the success of the show by saying that people tune in to watch the series because they can relate themselves to the members of the family; in an interview with the V magazine the reality television star said, "You can see that soap operas aren't on the air as much anymore. I think reality shows are taking over that genre, but I think the draw to our show is that we are relatable." The eighth season debuted to 3 million viewers, up 6% from the previous season, while the subsequent ninth season's premiere was down by 20%. The ninth season averaged 3.3 million total viewers and almost 2.2 million in the 1849 years adult demographic, the most sought after by advertisers, and was the highest rated cable show in its timeslot. The series finished as the most-social ad-supported cable program and, as of March 2015, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is the most-watched show on E! network. The first episode of the tenth season averaged 2.5 million viewers, slightly less than the premiere of the ninth season.
Awards and nominations
Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been nominated and won several television awards. The reality series has received nominations for a Teen Choice Award in the Choice TV: Celebrity Reality Show category eight times every year between 2008 and 2015, winning three awards in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The show also won a People's Choice Award as Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure in 2011. The Kardashian sisters have been nominated as part of the cast for five awards, winning four times; Kim Kardashian has additionally won one award by herself in 2012 out of three nominations. In 2010, Kris and Caitlyn Jenner received a Teen Choice Award nomination in a one-time Choice TV: Parental Unit category.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on October 14, 2007 in the United States on the E! cable network at 10:30/9:30pm ET/PT. The half-hour reality series continued to air on every Sunday night in the same timeslot and the eight-episode first season of the show concluded on December 2, 2007. The subsequent season premiered the following year on March 9 in an earlier timeslot at 10:00/9:00pm with a repeated episode airing immediately afterwards. The season ended on May 26, 2008 with an episode "Junk in the Trunk", which featured the Kardashian siblings sharing the most memorable moments of the season. The third season commenced airing on March 8, 2009 and concluded with two back-to-back episodes which aired on May 25. The subsequent season premiered with a two-hour long episode entitled "The Wedding" on November 8, and ended on February 21, 2010; some of the episodes aired throughout the season were extended to a full hour.
The fifth season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians started airing on August 22 and concluded with another "Junk in the Trunk" episode on December 20, 2010. The sixth season commenced on June 12, 2011 and ended with a television special "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event" which aired two extended episodes on October 9 and 10. The show later returned on December 19 with episode "Kendall's Sweet 16". Starting with the seventh season, which premiered on May 20, 2012, the half-hour reality series was extended to a full hour in a new 9/8pm time period. The season concluded on October 28, 2012. The eighth season of the series started airing on June 2, 2013; it became the longest season with 21 episodes and ended on December 1, 2013. The ninth and tenth seasons aired in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The latter season included a television special entitled "About Bruce" which aired on May 17 and 18, 2015. The eleventh season premiered on November 15, one month after the prior season finished.
Home video releases and streaming
In North America, the first three seasons of the reality series were distributed on DVD. The first season was released on October 7, 2008 when Lions Gate Entertainment obtained the home entertainment distribution rights to various programming from Comcast Entertainment Group, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The second and third seasons of the series were released on November 10, 2009 and August 17, 2010, respectively. In Australia, all seasons are released on DVD by Universal Sony Pictures. The latest addition, which includes the second part of the tenth season, was released on December 17, 2015. In the United Kingdom, the reality series is distributed by Universal Pictures UK. The DVD set of the seventh season is the latest addition which was released on June 24, 2013. The episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians are additionally available in numerous streaming video on demand services, including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Hulu, and Vudu, as well as the network's own streaming service.