Keeping Up with the Kardashians

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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L.A. family's values aren't Ozzie and Harriet's.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 65 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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.)


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


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.


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


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.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJaydogZackery May 26, 2020

Degrassi meets Family Guy in LA

KUWTK Review: This show is more than just appropriate, but also engaging for two types of viewers who'll understand the show's plot. LA viewers and Ar... Continue reading
Adult Written bykakalool April 24, 2020
I think this show shows a lot of girl power
Teen, 14 years old Written byKim Kardashian April 8, 2020

Love It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think you should let your kids watch it with you my friend watched it without her parents and it did not go well. Watch it and give your kid permission watch... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn June 21, 2013

Reality? Is that really what it's called?

I have watched several episodes of this show and it certainly is bad!! All it is these annoying women who obsessively talk about sex and they are very bad role... Continue reading

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 (now Caitlin) 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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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For kids who love reality TV

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