Ever since it debuted in 2007, Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been one of my favorite reality television shows.
I am quite embarrassed to admit this because the show usually lacks a sufficient storyline. While intending to be a reality show focusing on the personal lives of the Kardashian-Jenner “royal” family, the show, instead, gives more attention to the conceited and unrealistic lives of self-absorbed individuals. I often ask myself, why am I so obsessed with this show?
To be honest, I don’t know. After nine years of being a devoted viewer, the best answer that I can come up with is that watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians is my guilty pleasure. In some ways, I feel that I have built a loyalty to the show; I’ve watched it for so many years, I can’t just stop now.
I felt that I was right there with Kim during her emotional seventy-two day marriage with Kris Humphries, with Kourtney as she had her children and struggled with her relationship with Scott Disick, with Kendall and Kylie as they matured into adults, with Caitlin Jenner as she developed her new identity amongst unnecessary criticism, and with Khloe during her heartbreaking and difficult divorce from Lamar Odom. As silly as it sounds, I feel like I actually know the cast and their stories firsthand.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians has endured quite a bit of criticism from a variety of sources, yet it is still on air and will be for at least three more years (McRady, 2015). So, they must be doing something right.
My curiosity about my own loyalty towards the show led me to do a bit of online research. Who else can’t control their obsession with the Hollywood family’s hit show? What exactly is it about the show that is so captivating? Luckily, I was able to find someone who is just as “krazy” as I am and wrote a blog post about the Kardashian’s influence and ever-expanding empire (Lee, 2016). Check out Hannah Lee’s intriguing article, It’s True…I’m Low Key Obsessed With The Kardashians, on Her Campus.
E! News. E! Entertainment Television, 2016. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.
The Odyssey Online. N.p., 29 Mar. 2016. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.
In Text Citation:
McRady, Rachel. “Kardashians Sign $100 Million, Four-Year Deal With E!, After
Threatening to Leave the Network.” Us Weekly. N.p., 26 Feb. 2015. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.
**Note: I did not use screen captures, but instead chose pictures that included the entire family.