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.

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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?

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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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Written byAnonymous September 23, 2013
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18
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UGH! I have such a headache.

*facepalm* This is the worst show about women who like men. I mean, WHO acts like this?!? Keeping up with the Kardashians is just a really bad show. Fake, cheap, unrealistic, spoiled, annoying, dull etc. This would be like if you combined Caillou and Yo Gabba Gabba together, and there you have it, you're whiny soup is finished! Here you have another twenty something ungrateful Hollywood raised female woman-child, in another typically ungrateful for celebrity-family with parents who are so self absorbed and ungrateful towards themselves, that you wonder how they can have time left to be ungrateful towards the children under their roof/in their lives. But oh, they find time. what keeps you watching? The 15 minute 'clinique' beauty of the twenty something self described "socialite"? The little "naughty-bits" they sneak in of T&A just under the radar of standards and practices? The self-absorption of the parents? The back-talk and snotty attitudes the children are allowed to give to these parents? The unruliness of a blended family? Or just the idea of taking a peek into the life of "folks with celebrity" and then taking a look at your own life and realizing that mom and dad ....maybe aren't SO bad. The beauty of freedom is that there will always be something for everyone. And in that freedom, you can take a look and decide if it's good or bad. For me, this show is bad, meaningless. This is not to say that all TV must be 20 hours of "Leave it to Beaver" or the "Brady Bunch". That's unrealistic. We've got to be exposed to real family dysfunction to see that that the world isn't always sugary sweet and pristine perfect. Not parents, not kids, not even our pets. But programs like this are getting to be a standard. There isn't anything warm or exciting about viewing the life of a young woman who's already hit her peak - mentally, educationally, sexually - and is heading downward fast. Or her mother who IS allowing it - even if it is only due to her own self-absorption. And a father who couldn't care less because he ISN'T her father particularly, just another man in a long line of men that the mother has luckily hooked her claws into. And the household siblings - the siblings to whom you have a bet going that they will either run out of the home screaming for real love, acceptance, stability, boundaries - or end up just like their older sibling on a YouTube edited soft porn segment or even worse - a real one. Is this entertainment? Depends on you. It is a train wreck that you may stop to see for a minute or two - but there are so many OTHER train wrecks to see in "reality TV" these days from music television to classic television channels, why stick with this one? Even if its only for a minute? Well...maybe to hug mom and dad and thank them that you're not ever going to end up as dull, lifeless, and boring as this family no matter how much money, TV cameras or publicity there is in the world. This shows that fame, money -- the appearance of it or the chasing of it -- isn't all it's cracked up to be, but obviously will crack those who have it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 5 year old Written byChris101 November 15, 2009
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17
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Change the chanell

These girls have no respect for their parents or themselves. I would not want my children to grow up being as self involved and shallow as they all appear. These girls lack intelligence and send a message it's ok to sell yourself for money and fame.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written byChristianMother101 September 13, 2013
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6
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Excellent Family Bonding Opportunity!

My six-year-old and I watch this together, and though I was skeptical at first at the content, i soon realized the positive family values and influences were admirable. My family and I definitely bond over their heartwarming interaction, and I think we can all agree that it is inspiring that even though they make bad decisions from time to time they are always there for each other. And as an added bonus, my family can learn from their occasional bad decision making. It is a great opportunity for us to discuss and learn about what we should not do. All in all, it is a fantastic show with fabulous role models and talented young ladies.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byhowrselover February 17, 2012
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18
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DO NOT WATCH, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-P

This is TERRIBLE! WHAT TRASH! All it is is a family famous for no good reason being awful role models. Would you want YOUR kids to completely disrespect you, release sex tapes, dance around stripper pols, and make money by showing off their cleavage?!!?! I HOPE the answer is no, and if you even hesitate, I will weep for humanity.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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