Kendra (TV series)

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StarringKendra Baskett
Hank Baskett
Narrated byKendra Baskett
Opening theme"Go Kendra" by Too Short
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Kevin Burns
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Prometheus Entertainment
Alta Loma Entertainment
Fox Television Studios
Original networkE!
Picture format1.85 : 1
Original releaseJune 7, 2009 (2009-06-07) –
November 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)
Preceded byThe Girls Next Door
Followed byKendra on Top
Related showsHolly's World
The Girls Next Door: The Bunny House

Kendra is an American reality television series that debuted on the E! cable network, on June 7, 2009. The program is the first spin-off of The Girls Next Door, and documents the life of model Kendra Baskett, a former girlfriend of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, after moving out of the Playboy Mansion, including her engagement and marriage to football player Hank Baskett and her adjustment to being a first-time mother.

On March 21, 2012, Kendra announced that she had parted ways with E!, as the network "went in a different direction".[1] This was following comments made by then-new E! president Bonnie Hammer in July 2011, where she vowed to "get rid of the more Playboy trashy element" from the network[2] while the final season was completing production. This pledge also led to the cancellation of Holly's World.

The series was then followed up with Kendra on Top, which began airing on WE tv in mid-2012.


Kendra follows the antics of The Girls Next Door's Kendra Wilkinson. The blonde bombshell finds herself at a crossroads in her life as she leaves behind the luxuries and amenities of the legendary Playboy Mansion and ventures out to live on her own for the very first time. Newly married to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Hank Baskett, Kendra struggles to find a balance between being a housewife, her new-found domestic duties and the fun, uninhibited lifestyle she has always lived.


While shooting Season Five of "The Girls Next Door", Kendra confided to Executive Producer Kevin Burns that she would like to move out of the Playboy Mansion and move on with her life. Burns asked her if she was open to the idea of having a show of her own and, with her blessing, took the idea to E! The concept would involve "Kendra ... [moving] out and [living] with two roommates and it would be something like Three’s Company with her being a hot, hip-hop version of Suzanne Somers".[3] However once Kendra revealed to Burns in September 2008 that she was in fact in a relationship (and weeks later, engaged), he realized the show he had envisioned wouldn't be viable and, instead, "ended up [with] a romance between [Kendra] and Hank and their engagement".[4]


Supporting cast[edit]

  • Brittany Binger - Kendra's friend and also a former Playboy Model.
  • Eddie Bochniak - Kendra's assistant.
  • Patti Wilkinson - Kendra's mother
  • Henry Randall "Hank" Baskett, Jr. - Hank's father
  • Judy Baskett - Hank's mother

Guest stars[edit]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 June 7, 2009 August 9, 2009
2 13 December 20, 2009 June 6, 2010
3 10 November 7, 2010 January 9, 2011
4 10 September 25, 2011 November 20, 2011


Kendra premiered as the highest-rated series debut on the network since The Anna Nicole Show in 2002. The show out-performed all premiere episodes of The Girls Next Door including last season's debut by 76% in the adult demographic.[5] Its success had a knock on effect, helping to boost the second season premiere of another show on the E! network, Denise Richards: It's Complicated which attracted a series high of 1.5 million viewers.[6]

The first season averaged 2.6 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. The final episode of the season, which featured Kendra's wedding, averaged more than 2.1 million total viewers and scored a 1.7 household rating, the highest first-season finale since The Anna Nicole Show in 2002.[7]

The second season premiered to 2.7 million viewers,[8] but this later dropped to 1.7 million[9] by the eighth episode and then continued to drop in subsequent episodes.[10][11]

The third season premiere was viewed by 2.27 million viewers[12] which was down from the previous season premiere.[8] By the third episode, ratings were down 41.85% from the premiere and reached a then-season low with only 1.320 million viewers[13] but quickly rebounded the following week giving the highest ratings since the premiere.[14] By the seventh episode, the season reached a new low with 1.243 million viewers.[15] To date the season has averaged 1.720 million viewers.

For the fourth and final season on E!, Kendra was initially moved from her regular 10pm time slot to 11pm where she managed to pull in more than one million viewers per week. But when the show's 10pm lead-in, Dirty Soap failed to deliver an audience, Kendra was moved back to its original time slot where it peaked to a 2.0HH rating following the hugely rated Kim Kardashian wedding special.


  1. ^ "Kendra lands new WE reality show, 'Kendra On Top'". USA Today. March 21, 2012.
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  3. ^ "Ask an E.P.: The Girls Next Door's Kevin Burns". Archived from the original on May 9, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  4. ^ The E! True Hollywood Story: Kendra
  5. ^ "Is Kendra the new Anna Nicole?". Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Wiser, Paige (June 9, 2009). "'Kendra' ratings: Highest series debut since 'The Anna Nicole Show'". Archived from the original on August 26, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "'Kendra' Scores Highest-Rated First Season Finale Since 'Anna Nicole'". Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Kardashians now greater than Anna Nicole Smith, At Least For E!". Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  9. ^ "Oy "Treme," "The Pacific" + "Army Wives" & Other Sunday Cable". Retrieved July 7, 2010.
  10. ^ "Sunday Cable: NBA, "Army Wives" Tops With 18-49; "The Pacific" Dives Below 2 Million". Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  11. ^ "Sunday Cable Ratings: Kendra Tops Breaking Bad, Iron Chef America & More". Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  12. ^ "Sunday Cable Ratings: The Walking Dead Lives!; Boardwalk Empire Up; + Real Housewives, Hannah Montana, Kendra & Much More". Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  13. ^ "Sunday Cable Ratings: Sarah Palin's Alaska Falls; The Walking Dead(again, still); Boardwalk Empire Drops; Real Housewives, Sonny With a Chance, Kendra & Much More". Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Sunday Cable Ratings: Boardwalk Empire Dips; Soul Train Awards, Real Housewives, Dexter, Top Gear & More". Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  15. ^ "Sunday 12/19 Cable Ratings: 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' 'Top Gear,' 'Ax Men,' 'Leverage,' 'Kendra,' 'Real Housewives' & More". Retrieved December 27, 2010.

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