A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers a narrative about how the Kardashian family came to be, the challenges they faced throughout their lives, and how they became a business and entertainent empire. Influencer culture and social responsibility is discussed.
Positive Role Models
Kris Jenner is characterized as an empowered entrepreneur behind the businesses that put the Kardashians on the map, but in some cases it's suggested that she exploited her daughters to get the attention, money, and power she's always wanted.
Caitlyn Jenner is transgender, as are others featured on the series. The Kardashian sisters are half-Armenian; some featured celebrities and associates are Black. The Kardashian appropriation and marketing of Black and other cultures is discussed. Most of the people commenting on the Kardashians are male.
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Violence & Scariness
Discusses violent events, including O.J. Simpson's abuse of Nicole Simpson, as well as her murder. The allegations against Rob Kardashian, Jr. for posting revenge porn are also talked about. Violence committed against transgender people is mentioned.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infidelity is discussed. The Kardashian sisters are often shown in tight, skimpy, skin-revealing clothing. Conversations are had about posing for Playboy. Discussions about and excerpts of a sex tape featuring Kim Kardashian is featured, but no specific sex acts are visible. Caitlyn Jenner's gender dysphoria is also talked about.
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Words like "bitch" and crude language like "pussy" are used.
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Products & Purchases
Much of the show centers on how the Kardashian brand was built. A Playboy cover is shown, and archive footage from various informercials, Kardashian TV series, Kanye West's live action puppet show, Alligator Boots, TMZ, and other media are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking is visible. Drug use is alluded to.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that House of Kardashian is a docuseries about (who else?!) the rise of the Kardashian family as a brand, business, and pop culture phenomenon. It includes discussions about O.J. Simpson and domestic violence, revenge porn, infidelity, and gender dysphoria. There's some occasional crude language, and lots of innuendo ranging from the Kardashian women wearing provocative clothing, to posing nearly nude for modeling shoots and talking about sex tapes. There's also drinking, smoking, and references to drug use. Archive footage of various infommercials, TV series (including the Kardashians' own reality productions), magazine covers like Playboy, and other media are featured.
Is It Any Good?
The somewhat predictable celebrity-themed series addresses how the Kardashian family made themselves a household brand by creating a fantasy narrative about their lives on unscripted television. A significant part of the story focuses on Kris Jenner, who's characterized by all as a strong and entrepreneurial woman who understands how to (re)create and maximize one's celebrity status for profit. However, outside of Caitlyn Jenner, neither Kris Jenner nor immediate members of the family participate in the production, and it relies on audio recordings of mainly Kris and Kim Kardashian talking about specific life experiences as a way of including their point of view. It also relies mostly on men from the entertainment industry for insights about the Kardashians; their comments reveal a satisfaction with the way they continue to reinforce patriarchal values within popular entertainment and influencer culture.
Yet House of Kardashian still manages to gloss over some of the family's more sensational controversies. Sure, it tosses in a few eyebrow-raising details for entertainment's sake, but they're delivered in a cohesive and purposeful storytelling style rather than simple tabloid fodder. Not everyone will care for this behind-the-scenes look at how the Kardashian brand came to be, but franchise fans will find it worth the watch.
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