A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Siblings sometimes resort to screaming at each other to solve problems, but physical violence is rare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Low-level swearing like "ass," "bitch," and "whore" flies freely among family members -- and so do bleeped F-bombs.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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 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.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.