What’s the Kardashians’ Secret to Staying Relevant in Reality TV for So Long?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Keeping Up With the Kardashians first premiered on the air over a decade in the past, nobody might have imagined the dynasty that the Kardashian-Jenner household would handle to construct.

What began as a easy actuality present principally simply following some fairly women round of their lives has now changed into a whole franchise, and the Kardashian-Jenners have grow to be one of the well-known households in the whole world.

So many actuality exhibits have come and gone all through the years (keep in mind Real World?), so it’s onerous to think about what makes Keeping Up With The Kardashians so particular.

How has this household managed to maintain their present related for therefore lengthy? Fans have some concepts, they usually aren’t variety ones.

The Kardashian-Jenners’ legacy in actuality TV

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The Kardashian sisters’ father, Kris Jenner’s late ex-husband Robert Kardashian, was the primary of the Kardashian bunch to get his identify on tv.

He was a profitable lawyer who defended household friend O.J. Simpson in his well-known homicide trial. After Kris divorced the household patriarch, she remarried with well-known Olympian Bruce Jenner, which solely introduced the household extra into the highlight.

In the early 2000s, the center Kardashian sister Kim received her face incessantly within the tabloids as Paris Hilton’s stylist and celebration friend. Who might have guessed on the time that Kim would surpass her heiress friend tenfold in fame and notoriety?

Of course, it was solely when Kim’s intercourse tape was launched in 2007 that she actually launched right into a family identify. Later that 12 months, the whole household, together with little half-sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, busted into everybody’s dwelling rooms with E!‘s brand new reality showfollowing the family’s lives. Coincidence? We suppose not.

Nowadays, the Kardashian-Jenner siblings are a millionaires, if not billionaires (child sister Kylie stunned everybody by changing into the wealthiest member of the household).

Their actuality present has run for 18 seasons, and there are two extra coming.

How do the Kardashians keep so related? Fans have some unkind opinions

18 seasons isn’t one thing to snicker at, particularly in actuality TV. Each and each Kardashian-Jenner sister is a family identify in 2020. How is it attainable that this household, who appeared to come back out of nowhere on the time, has achieved such immense success? 

Fans lately went on Reddit to debate this very matter; somebody commented on one other post, “The impressive thing is that they’ve managed to stay relevant for so long, there were lots of reality stars from the early 2000s that have faded into obscurity.” There is a lot fact to this assertion!

One redditor shared an insightful (however barely harsh) opinion about what has helped the household keep related. They commented, “I think it’s a combo of 2 things, they’re a family and they’re willing to exploit personal issues that most people would be embarrassed about or want to keep private.”

The individual continued, explaining:

“Because they’re a family they make each other relevant whenever one of them is in the news or involved in a scandal so it’s like never ending press being generated by all of them for all of them. […] It’s like when you have someone messy on social media because they air out their own dirty laundry and you know you shouldn’t be involved in their drama but you can’t look away.”

Fans suppose Kris Jenner will get an excessive amount of credit score for the household’s success

On the identical thread, followers (and critics) of KUWTK talked about one factor that they don’t suppose is accountable for the household’s success: matriarch Kris Jenner’s business abilities. “[P]eople on this sub thinks [sic] she’s a Harvard professor level of genius marketing techniques but they were really just lucky to be in the right place and right time which was the reality TV boom of the early mid 2000’s,” one individual mentioned.

 Another fan disagreed, saying that Jenner does have some advertising and marketing expertise, however agreed that that isn’t what helped her daughters obtain the celebrity and entrepreneurial success that they’ve:

“While she’s definitely a good marketer and it’s no coincidence that they’ve been going strong for over a decade with her as a manager, I agree that she’s not some calculated, all-knowing genius […]. Her media savvy isn’t what makes her special, it’s the lack of a moral code when it comes to her children that sets her apart from others.”

Some harsh phrases; we’ll depart it as much as you whether or not there’s any fact to them.

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