After 20 years of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, the family took over a year off before returning with a brand new show, “The Kardashians”. Which follows the lives of the infamous family members Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie, who live in million-dollar houses in Los Angeles, and we get to be a fly on the wall during all of their drama.
This was the first time I’ve ever sat through an entire episode of “The Kardashians”, but my wife has watched the previous seasons. She said the show feels very similar. While there have been many discussions about how this new series would be different from the old show, bar some slightly different graphics and a new intro, there really isn’t much difference.
Though, someone did get a drone for Christmas and was adamant that it is used as much as possible! Honestly, the opening scene is just a drone flying around all of their houses and office buildings, highlighting just how important and successful the family is. Though I’m sure many of us, might still say, but what do they do for a living?
There are several subplots going on within the first episode, including Kim getting prepared to host “Saturday Night Live” and the breakup of her relationship with Kanye West, plus her son finding links to a stolen sex tape while playing Roblox, bringing the series full circle to how it all began, twenty plus years ago.
Other topics discussed in this episode include seeing Kourtney’s relationship with Blink 182 drummer, Travis, blossom, while her ex, Scott, struggles with not being included in the family. At the same time, Khloé continues to try to sort out her relationship with her partner, who is an NBA star called Tristan Thompson.
Most of the focus of this initial episode was on the three older sisters, though they did introduce who all the family members are, just encase this is your first time watching the show. But for the first episode, Kendall was missing due to having Covid, and Kylie only appeared for a few minutes. Even Kris wasn’t featured very much, besides complaining about having too many businesses to run.
If you enjoy the adventures of the Kardashian family, you’re going to enjoy this show. It’s got all the drama that you’d expect. The family members really don’t seem to worry about the cameras being around, talking openly about all kinds of subjects, yet they still seem obsessed with how they look and dress.
Before the launch of this show, every time I would post a story about “The Kardashians” series, it would get an incredible amount of comments, many of which highlight how many people despise the family. And watching the first show, I can see how they alienate people. They are loud, brash and highly successful. But it makes great reality TV.
“The Kardashians” feel like marmite, in that you’ll either love them or hate them. This show will bring in an audience who has followed their lives for decades, and it’s not for everyone. This is also why the show is rated 16+ on Disney+, so younger audiences can’t watch due to the parental controls.
This series is providing something different, especially for Disney+ internationally, which has been lacking original reality shows, and I think this show will be a massive success for Disney, as they’ve taken one of the biggest reality shows of recent times and rebooted the series, but now they’ve got drones!
This show feels like a bit of a car crash, you shouldn’t be looking, but you get drawn in. It’s entirely over the top drama, but I kind of enjoyed it. I shouldn’t. But I did!
Rating – 4 Out Of 5
The first episode of “The Kardashians” is available on Hulu in the United States, Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ everywhere else. New episodes are coming every Thursday!
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.