Keeping Up with the Kardashians
What parents need to know
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.
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.
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?