>> Apr 9, 2013
America’s favourite family have captivated fans since they first burst onto our screens in 2007, and have gone on to take the world by storm with their wacky antics and domestic disturbances. Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian have become household names in just a few years, and their original reality series ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ has led to four different spin-off shows. What is it that makes this family so appealing to the masses, and just how do the keep us glued to our screens each week? Their appeal lies in each sister’s individual personality, and it is their feistiness and strong characters that occasionally lead to their entertaining disagreements on screen.
Kim is arguably the most famous of the three sisters, and is without a doubt the subject of the most controversy. After the infamous sex tape in 2006 she went on to star in her main reality show, as well as two spin-offs ‘Kourtney and Kim Take New York’ and ‘Kourtney and Kim Take Miami’. She married basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011, only to file for divorce 72 days later. Despite the setbacks Kim has managed to win the heart of the nation, and viewers cannot get enough of her unique brand of entertainment. She is currently expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West, and fans wait with bated breath for the birth of this famous offspring. Along with her sisters, she manages many different business empires including a clothing line, cosmetics range, her own signature fragrance, and endorses various products.
Younger sister Khloe has earned a reputation as the most outspoken member of the family, and her assertiveness even landed her a role as a host on the X Factor. She is currently married to basketball player Lamar Odom, and they even have their own reality show entitled ‘Khloe and Lamar’. As with all the Kardashian shows it is broadcast on E! Entertainment channel, so to stay up to date fans will have to subscribe to cable TV through a service such as CableTVAdvisor.com. Kourtney is known as the quietest of the three sisters, and also the most intelligent as she holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Kourtney fulfils the role of mother hen to her two younger siblings, and is often seen counselling them through various life experiences.
Throughout all the drama and cat fights on the show, one thing that remains clear is that the Kardashians are an incredibly close family who genuinely love and respect one another. The show’s format appeals to the hidden voyeur within us all, and we gain access to every bit of drama that goes on in the Kardashian household. The fact that the main characters are strikingly beautiful, incredibly successful women only adds to their charm, and their unique brand of wisdom has led to more than a few funny moments on screen. Whatever the secret to their success, the Kardashians will be around for many years to come, and E! network has already signed on to broadcast their series until 2015.
Smith is a retired family counselor who now loves to watch family-based reality tv. He shares his insights on family dynamics in showbiz by posting his articles on various blog sites.