From over-the-top birthday parties, lavish weddings and baby showers to controversial commercials, revisiting the highlights of the 20-season reality show that propelled Keeping Up With the Kardashians clan to superstar rank
It’s almost time for all of those famous Kardashians to move on to Hulu and new endeavors as their 20-season reality TV pillar comes to an end.
But before they do, here’s a journey back through the tears, tantrums, and unity that propelled the keeping up with the Kardashians from clan to celebrity:
MEN & WEDDINGS
With five sisters and a brother, as well as the drama Kris and Caitlyn, the years have taken us through many men, women or two, and a myriad of love entanglements. And the action started right from the start. The very first episode references the sex tape with brother Brandy Ray J who started the series and their mega-careers.
Before that, there was Kim’s first husband, music producer Damon Thomas, followed by a 72-day marriage to second husband, basketball player Kris Humphries, and a third trip to the altar with Kanye West. All three unions ended in divorce.
Kim’s divorce from Humphries lasted much longer than the marriage, threatening to keep her legally attached to Humphries when her first child was born, along with West. This does not happen. North West was born two months after her mother’s second divorce was finalized in 2013.
And she’s just a sister!
There’s Kourtney and her three kids’ intermittent relationship with Scott Disick, who makes his first appearance on Kardashian TV Land in episode one. The two never married amid his alcohol and drug abuse scandals, but they’re co-parents and he’s a die-hard fan of the show. Disick has become a fan favorite for some, as the K family adopted him as one of their own.
Sister Khloe married basketball player Lamar Odom in 2009 and filed for divorce in 2013, but withdrew the papers after Odom suffered a drug overdose and went into a coma for several days. He was found slumped on the floor of a Nevada brothel. The divorce was pronounced at the end of 2016.
Khloe never married the father of her child, another basketball player, Tristan Thompson. He cheated on her while she was pregnant – and again with her younger stepsister Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. But Khloe and Tristan are now more than a friendly, co-parenting 3-year-old True, even in quarantine together during the pandemic.
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Let’s not forget Kylie’s relationship with rapper Travis Scott. They have never married but also have a child together. And there was Kylie’s romance with Tyga, who just had a kid with Blac Chyna, who just had a kid with brother Kardashian Rob.
Do you still have a headache?
Chyna and Rob had their own downfall, which led to him posting revenge porn on Instagram that got him banned from the platform.
Kardashian’s step-parent Caitlyn Jenner is OG keeping up with the Kardashians and continued to appear after her divorce from Kris. She is Kylie and Kendall’s mother with Kris. Kris filed for divorce before Caitlyn became Caitlyn.
Caitlyn revealed herself to be publicly transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer in April 2015.
NAME THESE CHILDREN
The Kardashian-Jenner clan has so many children and they are creative name pickers.
Caitlyn has six children with three successive wives, including Kylie and Kendall with Kris. Kris had four children with her first husband, the late OJ Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian, before she also divorced: Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob.
Kim had three children after North: Saint, Chicago and Psalm. Older sister Kourtney has three with Scott: Mason, Penelope and Reign. There’s also Khloe’s True, Kylie’s Stormi, and Rob’s Dream.
Some of the Kardashians have taken female viewers during childbirth, and over the years we’ve had family movies showing Kris giving birth to children. A 12-year-old Kendall watched herself be born. Recently, in the last season, 11-year-old Mason saw his mother pull him out into the world herself.
SPIN-OFFS OF SPIN-OFFS
They are in LA. They are in Miami. They are in New York. No, wait, the Hamptons.
Part of the follow-up was chasing away any fallout. Is there a record number? It depends on the definition of spin-off, franchise, and canon.
But it’s certainly a lot in the reality TV genre, and several have had multiple sisters who “take” different cities. In all, there were 11 spinoffs on television – many of them short lived. Like the series, they were piloted by Ryan Seacrest Productions and E! network.
The first was Kourtney and Khloe take Miami in 2009. It turned into Kourtney and Kim take Miami after Khloe turns around in real life to do another job. There was a plethora of bikinis and big boats as the ladies looked to expand the reach of their Dash store with new locations.
True fans, especially Scott watchers, will remember the 2013 web series Lord Disick: Lifestyles of a Lord which aired weekly in the third season of Everything Miami Takes. Scott bought himself the royal title in 2012 on a trip to London and showed off his high-life attributes like luxury car fleets while offering advice on how we can live like lords too.
In 2011, Khloé & Lamar started as the two were trying to figure out married life. And there were three seasons of the fitness party Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian after the wedding did not work. Khloe also had a short-lived talk show, Cocktails with Khloé.
Kris briefly had an eponymous talk show in 2013, culminating in an appearance by Kanye West and his revealing of the first photos of North. The Fox network did not offer him a second season.
After Caitlyn came out, she had her own show: I am Cait. It was a serious dive into her transition and whether she was set to be a role model as new friends educated her on the issues facing the transgender community. It was canceled after two seasons amid low ratings.
THEFT, NUDITY AND MORE MOMENTS
Perhaps the most frightening of all developments was Kim’s 2016 armed robbery in a luxury Paris apartment during fashion week. Season 13 of the series touched on the affair and the emotional consequences. She has openly discussed her terror of being tied up at gunpoint and being stripped of her jewelry. Kim said she thought she was going to die.
Among their happiest moments: all those exaggerated birthdays, lavish weddings and baby showers, not to mention the weddings themselves.
Two of Kim’s weddings were on the air and in the papers. Khloe’s 2009 marriage to Odom a month after they met was featured in Season 4. Following Khloe-Lamar’s nuptials, the two bought a dream home while Kim was still in a condo. I’m just saying. Mansion is now Kim’s middle name.
The sisters also like to pose for photos without clothes, although Kim was not always comfortable with the idea.
Soon after turning that sex tape into gold, a promising Kim had a Playboy moment of the magazine, appearing on the cover of the December 2007 celebrity issue. After a first photoshoot, Playboy‘s Hugh Hefner has come back for more.
“Does she have to undress,” Kris asks Hef in the show’s first season.
“Oh yes,” he replies.
They made a compromise: Kim posed nude, strategically draped in long strands of pearls.
Kylie also landed on the cover of Playboy, in 2019 wearing nothing more than a cowboy hat with a shirtless Travis in jeans.
And then there’s Kendall. The model – along with a whole world of other celebrities – has taken her share of nudes and weathered a few scandals, though her love life has been at its lowest compared to her siblings.
There was her ill-fated Pepsi ad in 2017 when she handed a frontline lawyer a can of soda at a protest. The footage has been criticized as being stolen from the Black Lives Matter movement. It was pulled and Kendall sobbed an apology on the air.
Kylie and Kendall were charged with exploitation the same year for overlaying their faces on images of Tupac, Notorious BIG and a host of other music icons for a line of $ 125 t-shirts. They pulled the goods.
Fans don’t have to worry. The series ends, but this famous family is not going anywhere.