Chrisley Knows Best

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Chrisley Knows Best
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GenreReality
Starring
  • Todd Chrisley
  • Julie Chrisley
  • Kyle Chrisley
  • Lindsie Chrisley Campbell
  • Chase Chrisley
  • Savannah Chrisley
  • Grayson Chrisley
  • Chloe Chrisley
  • Faye Chrisley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes178 (+ 3 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Adam Greener
  • Jim Sayer
  • Stephanie Bloch Chambers
  • Todd Chrisley
ProducerAnnie Kate Pons
Camera setupMultiple
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 11, 2014 (2014-03-11) –
present
External links
Website

Chrisley Knows Best is an American reality television series airing on the USA Network. It revolves around the lives of Georgia real estate tycoon Todd Chrisley and his wealthy family.[1][2][3] The show formerly took place in Roswell and Alpharetta, both near Atlanta,[1] before moving primarily to Nashville, Tennessee during the fourth season. An eighth season premiered in July 2020. A spin-off focusing on Chase and Savannah Chrisley, called Growing Up Chrisley, premiered on April 2, 2019.

Timeline[edit]

Timeline of Chrisley Knows Best
Cast Member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Todd Chrisley Main
Julie Chrisley Main
Lindsey Chrisley Campbell Recurring
Kyle Chrisley Recurring
Chase Chrisley Main
Savannah Chrisley Main
Grayson Chrisley Main
Chloe Chrisley Recurring Main
Nanny Faye Chrisley Main

Family members[edit]

Todd and Savannah Chrisley interviewed by RumorFix at KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball 2014
  • Michael Todd Chrisley, who goes by the name Todd,[4] is a real-estate tycoon who is considered by his family to be controlling, easily irritated, and often unreasonable. Todd is a germophobe and tries to avoid things like dirt and animals. Todd was born in Georgia and raised in Westminster, South Carolina.[5][6][7] He was previously married to his high school girlfriend, Teresa Terry, before marrying Julie in 1996. He has two children with Teresa and three children with Julie.[8] He often responds to his family’s antics with quips, snarky comments, or rhyming adages - many of which are repeated throughout the series and are used on series merchandise.[9] Todd said he has embraced longtime, false rumors that he is gay: "I'm flattered that people think I can get laid on both ends. So, that doesn't bother me and my wife certainly is flattered that as many men want her husband as there are women."[10][11]
  • Julie Chrisley is Todd's wife who enjoys cooking. Todd is Julie's second husband, after an earlier marriage to her high school boyfriend. She is also from South Carolina and is the daughter of a Baptist minister.[8] She has three children with Todd: Chase, Savannah, and Grayson.[8] She also stars in What’s Cooking with Julie Chrisley, a web series launched on USA Network’s website.[12][13]
  • Lindsie Chrisley Campbell is Todd's oldest daughter with ex-wife Teresa Terry.[8] Lindsie eloped with Will Campbell in 2012, without getting her father's approval, although he eventually forgave Will. Lindsie and Will briefly separated in 2014, before reconciling. They ultimately grew apart and filed for divorce in 2016, although she hoped they could remain friends.[14] They later reconciled again and withdrew the divorce filing. They have one son, Jackson.[8] Lindsie made her final appearance in season 5. Since then, she and other members of the Chrisley family have made various allegations against one another.[15][16][17][18] According to her attorney, "Lindsie has been a constant target of lies, harassment and threats from her family and as a result, has been distancing herself from the Chrisley family since 2017."[19]
  • Kyle Chrisley is Todd's oldest son with ex-wife Teresa Terry. He is Chloe's father, and is a recovering addict with bipolar disorder. He appeared in the first season before getting involved in drugs again, and has only been mentioned once since then, in the second season.[8] He announced in 2019 that he is sober again.[20]
  • Chase Chrisley is Todd and Julie's oldest son who is sometimes depicted engaging in get-rich quick schemes. His friends Parker, Elliott, and Ronndell make occasional appearances on the show.
  • Savannah Chrisley is Todd and Julie's oldest daughter.[8] She is a former beauty pageant competitor and won the Miss Tennessee Teen USA title in 2016. She founded SASSY, a cosmetic company that sells beauty products such as Lipsticks, and debuted her collection on HSN and named Faith Over Fear.[21][22]
  • Grayson Chrisley is Todd and Julie's youngest son,[8] who enjoys sports.[23]
  • Chloe Chrisley is Kyle's young daughter who is being raised by her grandparents Todd and Julie due to Kyle's issues with substance abuse.[8]
  • “Nanny” Faye Chrisley is Todd's mother who enjoys gambling and drinking.[8][19] She is annoyed by Todd's frequent interference with her plans, which he does in an effort to protect her and keep her out of trouble. While most of her grandchildren call her “Nanny” Chase sometimes refers to her as “Mo.” She is from Westminster, South Carolina.

Production[edit]

The series was pitched to ten networks, nine of which put in offers for it.[4] USA Network picked up the series in December 2013.[24] The series is executive produced by Adam Greener, Jim Sayer, and Stephanie Chambers.[25] Maverick TV and All3Media America are the production companies behind the series.[26] The series producers have access to the Chrisleys' schedule and decide which events to film.[27] The family stated that being on television made them think twice before doing things, both on and off-camera. Julie said, "People are watching, people are looking at you. Whether that be good or bad, they're gonna catch it all."[28]

On April 14, 2014, the USA Network ordered a 12-episode second season of Chrisley Knows Best.[29] At the time, the series garnered more young viewers than any other original program on USA Network, with a median age of 36.5 years among viewers.[29] On October 20, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season.[30] The series aired its 100th episode in June 2018.[27][31]

On August 13, 2019, Todd and Julie were indicted on multiple counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and tax evasion. They turned themselves in on August 14 and were later released on a $100,000 bond.[32][33] Despite the charges, the series was renewed for an eighth season,[34] which premiered on July 9, 2020.[35] The series was renewed for a ninth season in March 2021,[36] and it premiered on August 12, 2021.[37]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)
212October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
320June 2, 2015 (2015-06-02)December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
426March 8, 2016 (2016-03-08)November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)
526February 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)December 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)
626May 8, 2018 (2018-05-08)December 18, 2018 (2018-12-18)
726May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)November 21, 2019 (2019-11-21)
826July 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)March 25, 2021 (2021-03-25)
9TBAAugust 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)TBA

Broadcast and streaming[edit]

Chrisley Knows Best is broadcast on USA Network in the United States. In the UK, it airs on ITVBe. Chrisley Knows Best reruns can be seen on E!, USA Network, Bravo, and video on demand.

In Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland the first two seasons can be streamed on Netflix. In the United States all seasons of Chrisley Knows Best can be streamed on Hulu + Live TV and on NBC's Streaming service called Peacock for free.

Reception[edit]

Chrisley Knows Best received "mixed or average" reviews according to Metacritic, based on five reviews from the first two seasons.[38] Tom Gliatto and Liza Hamm of People gave a positive review, saying "This is the best 'family' reality series since Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or even The Osbournes from several centuries ago."[39][40] Hillary Busis of Entertainment Weekly gave a mixed review, saying "If you can get past the canned lines and sub-sitcom storylines, the Chrisley crew can be fun".[41]

Brian Lowry of Variety gave the show a mixed review, stating that it is "intended to elicit sniggering" regarding Todd Chrisley's "'flamboyant'" personality.[42] In his review of the show's second season, Lowry described it as "a throwback that recycles old sitcom plots, under the guise of an unscripted series".[43]

From 2015 to 2017, the series won the NATPE's Reality Breakthrough award for best docusoap.[44][45][46] In 2016, it was nominated at the 22nd Critics' Choice Awards for "Best Unstructured Reality Series", but lost to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.[47]

Spin-offs[edit]

In 2015, Todd was busy developing a talk-show spin-off with USA Network. Todd also mentioned early plans for another spin-off that would focus on Chase and Savannah.[48]

According to Chrisley[edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that USA Network had ordered a half-hour after show titled According to Chrisley.[49] According to Chrisley is hosted by Todd and features him "tackling the truth about marriage, parenting, sex and relationships." Each episode also features a member of the Chrisley family and a celebrity guest.[50] The show premiered on September 12, 2017.[51] It was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.[52]

What's Cooking With Julie Chrisley[edit]

On October 3, 2017, USA Network's website launched What's Cooking With Julie Chrisley, a 10-episode web series in which Julie shares her favorite recipes.[53]

Growing Up Chrisley[edit]

In January 2019, it was announced that Chase and Savannah were getting their own spin-off titled Growing Up Chrisley. The show will follow Chase and Savannah as they "embark on a road trip from Nashville to Los Angeles to prove their independence." The show premiered on April 2, 2019 on USA Network.[54][55][56] The second season of Growing Up Chrisley premiered on August 6, 2019.[57] It was renewed for a third season in March 2021,[36] with the premiere airing on August 12 of that year.[58]

Chrisley Confessions[edit]

In August of 2018, iHeartRadio released both the trailer and first episode of Todd and Julie's podcast titled Chrisley Confessions. Since April of 2021, Todd and Julie have been updating their listeners on their ongoing legal battle with the Georgia Department of Revenue

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