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Our reviews of Keeping Up With The Kardashians: The Complete Second Season (published November 11th, 2009) and Keeping Up With The Kardashians: The Complete Third Season (published August 11th, 2010) are also available.
Meet the crazy, sexy Kardashian clan.
E! presents Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the first season of a new reality TV series that offers viewers a look at the extravagant lifestyle of Los Angeles socialite Kim Kardashian and her chaotic family. Let's meet Hollywood's modern-day Brady Bunch.
Facts of the Case
This single-disc edition includes all eight 20-minute episodes from the
show's first season:
I'm sure most of you are already familiar with the Kardashian clan, but just in case you've really never heard of them before, here's a quick summary: the focus of the show is Kim, a 26-year-old model and stylist who runs her own clothing boutique during the day and likes to party at night. Of course, she's also got her own sex tape, and, most recently, she made her big-screen debut in the incredibly disappointing Disaster Movie. Her mother Kris is in charge of a successful children's boutique, but she's also working full-time as Kim's manager. Kris is the ex-wife of the late Robert Kardashian, who stepped into the spotlight as one of O.J. Simpson's lawyers in the 1995 trial. She later married Bruce Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Rounding out the family are Kim's energetic siblings Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, Kylie, and Robert. Still with me?
As with most reality shows, Keeping Up With the Kardashians follows the family's everyday lifestyle by documenting everything from heated conflicts to exciting activities, including photo ops, trips to Las Vegas or Mexico, celebrations, and TV or radio appearances. Whether it shows the Kardashians helping out a homeless guy or trying to stop someone from selling a controversial photograph to a tabloid, the series focuses on what life is like in high society and how the clan deals with it on a daily basis. While Kris, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney have the tendency to engage in all sorts of extravagant adventures, Bruce is usually the one left behind to manage the household and watch over youngsters Kendall and Kylie. Rob still goes to college and spends a good portion of his time studying, so we don't get to see him onscreen that often.
If I only had a few words to describe the show, I would go ahead and call it brainless but generally entertaining reality TV—and that's exactly what it is. Those of you who like shows that follow the lifestyles of the rich and famous will enjoy Keeping Up With the Kardashians to the fullest. Sure, most of what you see here is rather superficial and often incredibly dumb and maybe immature, but at times it's also quite funny. I freely admit I occasionally enjoy sitting back and watching television without having to use my brain. This is the right show for those moments, just don't look for anything inspirational or really intelligent. My personal favorite in the clan is Bruce, primarily because he's the only one who ever delivers big laughs. Bruce is a convinced conservative who made it his mission to protect his children from any harm in the world of celebrities, but as things turn out, he's always the last person to learn about Kim's or anyone else's escapades. The look on his face is quite simply priceless, and watching the man trying to keep up with four women and two teenage daughters is entertaining and funny indeed.
Let me briefly mention a couple of episodes I either enjoyed or disliked. A favorite of mine is "Birthday Suit," in which Kim gets the opportunity to pose for Playboy. It offers viewers a closer look at how Kris and Kim do business together, and how they handle such offers. Hef apparently wants Kim to show more skin, but Kim isn't comfortable with that. On top of that, Bruce doesn't like anything about this idea. I also liked "You Are So Pregnant Dude," in which the family hides a little puppy from Bruce, and "Remembering Dad," which includes reenactments of Khloe's trip to jail for DUI. "Managing Mom," in which Kim considers firing Kris as her manager, is a low point. It's primitive reality TV, but at least it's not boring.
For a television series presented in full frame, this DVD boasts a surprisingly strong picture quality, maintaining a sharp image throughout. For what it is, the audio transfer is just as solid.
Besides a few trailers, the bonus material on the disc includes 18 minutes of never-before-seen scenes with commentaries by the Kardashian clan. If you've come to love the show and would like to see some deleted scenes from several of the season's episodes, this is definitely one not to miss. Also featured are episode-length commentaries for seven of the eight episodes. While most of what the Kardashians say here is random and not necessarily informative, some of their comments end up pretty useful if you want to learn a little bit more about what life surrounded by a camera team is like. Again, the funniest comments obviously come from Bruce.
While it's certainly not the most engaging reality TV series about the life of a prominent family, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is definitely passable afternoon entertainment. A third season was recently confirmed for 2009.
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