Keeping Up with the Kardashians

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians
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Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 143 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multiple
Running time
  • 22 Minutes (season 1–6)
  • 42 minutes (season 7–present)
Production company(s)
Original channel E!
Picture format
Original release October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14) – present
Related shows
External links

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is an American reality television series that has aired on E! since October 14, 2007. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. Its premise originated with Ryan Seacrest, who additionally serves as an executive producer.

The series focuses on sisters Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé Kardashian. It additionally places emphasis on their brother Rob Kardashian, their mother Kris Jenner, their step-father Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce),[a] their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Kourtney's ex boyfriend Scott Disick. Khloé's ex-husband Lamar Odom developed a major position as part of the supporting cast in season four, though he was not a regular cast member in following seasons, and rarely appeared in season eight while attempting to repair his marriage with Khloé.[4] In season eight, Caitlyn's children Brody and Brandon, and Brandon's wife, Leah became recurring cast members. Kim's best friend Johnathan and Khloe's best friend Malika have also become supporting cast members.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians has received poor reviews from critics. It has often been criticized for emphasizing the "famous for being famous" concept and for appearing to fabricate aspects of its storyline. The series has produced the spin-offs K and K Take, Khloé & Lamar, I Am Cait, and the forthcoming Dash Dolls. It has additionally distributed all seasons to DVD.



Robert Kardashian (1944–2003) and Kristen Mary "Kris" Houghton (born 1955) married in 1978 and had four children together, daughters Kourtney (born 1979), Kim (born 1980), and Khloé, (born 1984), and son Rob (born 1987). The couple divorced in 1991.[5] 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. Kris married former Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner (born 1949, then known as Bruce)[a] in 1991. Caitlyn and Kris had two daughters together, Kendall (born 1995) and Kylie (born 1997). Robert died in 2003 eight weeks after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.[6] 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.[7] Khloé, Kim and Kourtney further ventured into fashion, opening a high fashion boutique D-A-S-H 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.[7] In 2006, Kourtney starred in her first reality television series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive.[8] In February 2007, a home sex video that Kim made with Ray J years earlier was leaked.[9] Vivid Entertainment bought the rights for $1 million and released the film as Kim Kardashian: Superstar on February 21.[9] Kim sued Vivid for ownership of the tape, but dropped the suit in April 2007 and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million.[10]

In August 2007, it was announced that the Kardashians and Jenners would star in a yet-to-be-titled reality show on E!, with Ryan Seacrest serving as executive producer.[8] Seacrest said "At the heart of the series—despite the catfights and endless sarcasm—is 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 series announcement came one week after Paris Hilton and her friend Nicole Richie announced that their popular E! series entitled The Simple Life was ending.[8] Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered on October 14, 2007.[11]

On November 13, 2007, it was announced that E! renewed the show for its second season.[11] The following year, it was renewed for a third season. Lisa Berger, executive vice president of original programming and series development for the network, said "viewers have embraced the Kardashian family and the series has become one of television's most-talked-about shows [...] We are fortunate to work with Seacrest and Bunim-Murray, which have an exceptional ability to capture the Kardashians' hilarious, chaotic and always entertaining personalities and family dynamics."[12] The Hollywood Reporter reported that the family made an estimated $65 million throughout 2010.[5]

In 2011, Kim married NBA player Kris Humphries in a highly publicized wedding ceremony,[13] but filed for divorce 72 days later.[14] This caused widespread backlash from the public and media.[15] Several news outlets surmised that Kardashian's marriage to Humphries was merely a publicity stunt, to promote the Kardashian family's brand and their subsequent television ventures.[16] A widely circulated petition asking to remove all Kardashian-related programming from the air has followed since their split.[17] As of December 2013, eight seasons of the series have aired. On April 24, 2012, E! signed a three-year deal with the Kardashian family that will keep the series airing through seasons seven, eight and nine.[18] The deal was estimated at $40 million.[19][20] Keeping up with the Kardashians was renewed for a tenth season, premiering on March 15, 2015.

On February 28, 2015 it was announced that Keeping up with the Kardashians had been renewed for three more seasons, with the option of a fourth and spin-offs. The deal was estimated at $80 million and included Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie And Scott.


The show revolves around the children of Kris Jenner, and originally focused on her children from her first marriage to deceased attorney Robert Kardashian: Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob. Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick is a main character on the show. As the series progressed, Kris' children Kendall and Kylie also became recurring cast members of the show. Kris' second spouse[21] 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner (then known as Bruce),[a] is also frequently featured on the show, and has been a recurring cast member since the show began.

Since the series' premiere, the Kardashians have established careers in the fashion industry, co-owning the fashion boutique D-A-S-H and launching several fragrances and clothing collections.

Kim gained notoriety as the subject of a sex tape in 2007, and later became involved in a relationship with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush from 2007 to March 2010.[22] In 2011, she received widespread criticism after filing for divorce from New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries after a 72-day marriage. In 2012, while still married Kim became pregnant by rapper Kanye West; after suffering from preeclampsia she gave birth prematurely to their daughter North the following June.

Khloé attained notoriety in her own right after being arrested for driving under the influence in 2007, for which she was jailed for approximately three hours in 2008. The following year (during the fourth season), she married Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom after a one-month relationship. In 2012, she served as a co-host during the second season of the American version of The X Factor.

Rob launched the sock line "Arthur George" in 2012, and was involved in a relationship with singer Adrienne Bailon in the second and third seasons.

Kendall and Kylie have also established careers in the modeling industry.

In the eighth season, Caitlyn's sons Brandon and Brody Jenner, and Brandon's wife Leah Jenner (daughter of Eagles band member Don Felder), were integrated into the supporting cast, while Kourtney, Khloé, and Kim's friends Malika Haqq and Jonathan Cheban joined the series in the second and third seasons.

The family earns an alleged total of $10 million per season of the series.[23]


In April 2009, it was announced that Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami,[24] would premiere in August, following the two as they open a second D-A-S-H store in Miami. The series premiered to 2.7 million[25] viewers and averaged 1.89 million[26] viewers. The second season began in June 2010 and averaged 2.717 million viewers, a 43% increase from the first season.

Kourtney and Kim Take New York premiered in January 2011, following the two as they oversee the opening of a third D-A-S-H store in SoHo.[27] The show premiered on January 23, 2011. Khloé & Lamar premiered on April 10, 2011. The second season began on February 19, 2012. The third season of Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami was retitled Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and began airing on January 20, 2013, and the season finale on April 7, 2013.

On March 26, 2014, E! announced the spinoff Keeping Up with the Kardashians spin-offs: Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons.[28] Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons follows Kourtney, Khloé, and Scott Disick as they relocate to The Hamptons while the girls work on the New York Dash store plus open a pop-up store.[28]

In April 2015, it was announced another spinoff called Dash Dolls would occur. Dash Dolls chronicles the employees of the Kardashian D-A-S-H boutiques.[28]

About Bruce special and miniseries I Am Cait[edit]

After Caitlyn Jenner's special 20/20 episode aired in April 2015, in which she discussed her gender transition into a woman with Diane Sawyer, E! aired a two-part special that covered intimate conversations between the family about the change. The first part premiered on May 17, 2015, followed by the second part on May 18. It showed each family member's personal reaction to Jenner's new lifestyle. Jenner hopes these one-off episodes will help give others an insight on transitioning and that people will have compassion.[29]

E! also airs an eight-episode documentary series chronicling Jenner's new life as a trans woman. The first episode of I Am Cait premiered on July 26, 2015 to largely positive critical response.[29]


Critical reviews[edit]

Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been the subject of constant panning by critics since its inception, with the New York Times‍ '​ Ginia Bellafonte comparing it to Gene Simmons' Family Jewels and exclaiming: "But 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." [30] Popmatters's Amaya Rivera has stated, regarding the series generally, "Indeed, there is something a disturbing about the Kardashians’ intense hunger for fame. But even worse—it is downright boring to watch this family live out their tedious lives." [31]

David Hinckley of the New York Daily News writes, when reviewing the 10th season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, "Even when you think something about the Kardashians could be interesting, it’s not." [32]

U.S. television ratings[edit]

The show was a hit for E! – in its first month it became the highest-rated series on Sunday nights for ages 18 to 34 and was seen by 1.3 million total viewers according to Nielsen Media Research.[11][33] 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."[11] The second season continued the success and was viewed by 1.6 million viewers, a 23% increase from the first season.[34]

The season five premiere episode "Kim's House Party" attracted a total of 4.67 million viewers, as well as becoming the series highest rated episode to date.[35] However, the following episode "Blind Date" saw a drop in rating falling to 3.57 million viewers and continued to drop until the episode "Kourt Goes A.W.O.L" saw a dramatic rise in viewers, drawing 3.77 million viewers.[36][37] The second highest rated episode of the season "The Kardashians Take NYC" drew 4.06 million viewers[38] The season six premiered on 2011 June 12. drawing 2.50 million views as well as becoming the series' lowest rated premiere to date.[39] Season six's highest rating episode is "Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event — Part 1" drawing a total of 4.39 million viewers.[40] Season seven premiered with the episode "Who's Your Daddy?", drawing 2.85 million viewers.[41] Season eight premiered with the episode "We're Having a Baby", drawing 3.02 million viewers.[42] Season nine premiered with "Loving and Letting Go", drawing 2.56 million viewers.[43]


In Australia, the series premiered from November 5, 2007 on the local version of E!.[44]


  1. ^ a b c Jenner changed her name due to gender transition in 2015.[3]


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