The Kardashians are considered the American “first family” of reality TV. Their show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is one of the longest and most successful reality shows of all time.
Over the years, fans have watched the family grow, have had a heartbreaking experience and have been infinitely more successful than they could have ever imagined.
Yet, in recent years, many viewers have been disappointed by the Kardashian-Jenner clan, and recently some of these fans have traveled to Reddit to bang the family for the seemingly “fake” plots highlighted on the show.
KUWTK: What Made The Kardashians So Popular With Viewers?
When the premiere of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” was presented for the first time in 2007, the world of pop culture was shaken up. There had never been a reality show like theirs, focusing on a large, wealthy and vibrant family trying to make their mark in both the business world and the celebrity culture arena.
From the younger brothers Kendall and Kylie Jenner to the ambitious matriarch Kris Jenner, there seemed to be someone everyone could relate to.
The Kardashians weren’t afraid to set the record straight, and viewers saw a lot of meltdowns and struggles in the early years. They came out as raw, unscripted, and always ready to talk about riots within the family unit. There is no doubt that the vulnerability of the family helped make them attractive to audiences in the early years.
It was their openness that helped them achieve success, and nowadays, almost every member of the family has their own commercial enterprise – from Kylie Jenner’s billion-dollar cosmetics empire to Kim Kardashian’s sold-out shapewear line.
KUWTK: Some ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Story Points Have Gotten Old
Many dramatic things have happened over the years to keep up with the Kardashians. As the family became more famous, they began to face tabloid scandals more often than family squabbles.
Speculation of plastic surgery and accusations of betrayal dominated the screen, and many plots were prolonged from season to season until it seemed the family had to deal with particular incidents for months.
Although the family show is considered the classic reality TV show, there is definitely a lot of tampering going on behind the scenes. The show’s producers are known to broadcast things in a different order from how they really happened, and to plan larger events specifically for the screen – such as Kim Kardashian’s engagement with Kris Humphries.
Some reports have even claimed that much of the exterior footage from the houses seen on the show is just footage from the repertoire and that the houses don’t even belong to members of the Kardashian family. While viewers may have accepted these things as part of the package at some point, many fans find themselves disillusioned with many of the plots.