Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Common Sense Media says

L.A. family's values aren't Ozzie and Harriet's.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Family bonds run strong, but partying and other iffy behavior usually trumps anything more heartwarming when it comes to messages.

Positive role models

Although this nontraditional family is far from perfect, they do show
genuine moments of caring and camaraderie. The parents are quick to put
a stop to inappropriate behavior by the younger children (pole dancing,
drink mixing, etc.)

Violence

Siblings sometimes resort to screaming at each other to solve problems, but physical violence is rare.

Sex

One family member is somewhat infamous for starring in a "sex tape" that went public. Others are shown wearing clothes that barely cover their assets, posing for Playboy (which is encouraged as a career booster), and dancing on a stripper pole that was installed in the family home (the younger sibs like to "play" on it, too; it's clear they know what they're doing). Bare body parts occasionally pop up but are always blurred out. The younger sisters are around for their older siblings' escapades and are influenced by them. For example, in one episode, one of the younger girls imitated Girls Gone Wild (not showing anything, but acting it out) while her older brother's 20-ish friend filmed her with a video camera. Her parents found out and were upset, but no consequences were shown.

Language

Low-level swearing like "ass," "bitch," and "whore" flies freely among family members -- and so do bleeped F-bombs.

Consumerism

Name-dropping, cross-promotion, and materialism run rampant. Mentions of The Tyra Banks Show and the Pussycat Dolls; spotlight on brands like Corona beer, in addition to various wines and liquors; etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cast members are occasionally shown smoking and drinking to excess. In one episode, a mother and her over-21 daughter are shown getting drunk together, while two underage tweens are shown mixing cocktails for adults.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the antics in this reality show make The Osbournes look like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The Kardashian brood includes a 20-something with aspirations to pose in Playboy and a tween who instinctively knows how to work a stripper pole. Alcohol is a staple of many family gatherings, and while only those of age are shown imbibing (the tweens just mix the drinks...), impressionable young eyes aren't exactly shielded from the hard-partying lifestyle. Plenty of language, too, though the strongest words (including "f--k") are bleeped.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Produced by Ryan Seacrest, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS chronicles the frantic lives of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, a blended family composed of Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner; his wife, Kris; and their mixed brood of spoiled children. The three oldest daughters -- Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim (who's positioned as the star of the show) -- are the daughters of the late Robert Kardashian, the defense attorney who infamously came to O.J. Simpson's aid in the wake of Nicole Simpson's murder.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Just when you thought it might be safe to channel surf, E! unleashed Keeping Up with the Kardashians, yet another mindless reality series about a privileged family clamoring for their 15 minutes of televised fame. As far as families go, the Kardashians are kind of like the Brady Bunch on crack, and viewers may find themselves asking two very important questions: Why do they deserve their own show, and what the heck happened to Jenner? Once a celebrated athlete, here he's essentially reduced to the role of a put-upon father with a freakishly smooth face who appears to have lost control of his family. It's easy to feel sorry for him until you remember that, as a parent, he's part of the problem.

For diehard fans of reality TV, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is a fine way to while away 30 minutes. But it's a terrible show to watch with young children. At best, they'll be exposed to binge drinking, stripper poles, and rampant materialism. At worst, they may start emulating what they see.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fine line between being a parent and being a friend.

  • Parents: Is it possible to have fun with your kids but also be able to

  • step in and discipline them when necessary?

  • Kids: Do you ever wish your

  • parents were less strict with you about certain things like bedtimes

  • and curfews? Why do you think moms and dads set limits for their kids?

  • And do you think having boundaries is a good thing, or is it just

  • something parents do to annoy you?

TV details

Cast:Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bylcyw20 September 4, 2010
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17
QUALITY
 

You Can Read Plenty of Good Books with the Time This Rubbish Wastes

I had the misfortune of being subjected to a few episodes of this excuse for trash (I think it is THAT bad). I felt my IQ points dropping as the show went on. It is so retarded I consider Teletubbies to be more intelligent! It is called reality TV, but nothing in it is real--for a normal family anyway. Why people swarm to this hideous creation of greed and commercialism baffles me. It is stupid, it brainwashes you, it should have been aborted at the conceptual stage.Go and watch something good, pull out some of your old TV series. Lucky there have been plenty, because I don't think TV production is coming out from its creative trough for a long time--they are still digging deeper.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old Written bySoccerGurl730 May 9, 2010
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11
QUALITY
 

Kim has a pretty bad public image because of her bad decisions,but throughout most episodes there are good role models.The messages are good,but the show itself isn't great for kids under 9.Well I guess its 30% iffy for kids 10-11,but most of it is ok.The iffy parts are pretty inappropriate but the good part is the GREAT MESSAGES!

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great role models
Adult Written bysnowgirl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Yikes!

Poor Bruce Jenner looks like he was thrown into a house of horrors, and doesn't know how to get out. Keeping Up With The Kardashians is strange, and not in a good way. Kim, Khloe and Kourtney's only talents seems to be shaking their booty in everyone's face and being overbearing to everyone who comes in contact with them. A 1 hour special on Bruce Jenner's life I'll watch. Up With The Kardashians is not worth your time.

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