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Why is the Kardashian Family So Irresistible to Viewers?

Updated on May 13, 2013

The US TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” became popular with viewers soon after it first aired in 2007. The reality show covers the never-ending escapades of the Kardashian family, with a focus on the three sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. Viewers enjoy a real look into celebrity lifestyles and likely enjoy controversies that surround the family members. These two reasons make the Kardashian family irresistible to viewers worldwide.

The Kardashian Family

Publicity for the famous family.
Publicity for the famous family. | Source

Kim Kardashian at Center Stage

Undoubtedly, the most famous of the sisters is Kim Kardashian. The TV show follows the 32-year-old socialite as she frequents Los Angeles and Miami hot-spots in the latest fashions. She undoubtedly receives the most airtime in the one-hour episodes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” She is an obvious key player in the spin-off “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” as well (previously titled “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami”).

Viewers cannot seem to get enough of Kim. Perhaps one reason for her popularity is the drama that always surrounds her. In 2011, she married basketball player Kris Humphries in a flamboyant California wedding that gave her fans all of the glitz they desire from Hollywood. After just 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce, claiming irreconcilable differences.

The shortness of the wedding was shocking to many viewers, who then watched her reality TV series to see the drama unfold there. Now Kim is pregnant with the baby of musician Kanye West. Perhaps TV fans think they experience Kim’s crises alongside her.


In the process of beautification.
In the process of beautification. | Source


Khloe and her husband Lamar have a spin-off TV show.
Khloe and her husband Lamar have a spin-off TV show. | Source

Khloe Kardashian: Strength with Controversy

At 28 years of age, Khloe is younger than Kim yet arguably has the strongest personality of the three main sisters. In “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” she often uses foul language as she criticizes her sisters and makes family career decisions. She tends to be direct in her conversation style, as well.

Viewers often mock Khloe for looking differently than Kim and Kourtney. She has a larger frame than her two sisters do. There is widespread speculation she is not the birth daughter of Robert Kardashian because she looks different from his other children.

The controversy, which the Kardashian family denies, has been a topic of conversation many times on the reality TV show. Khloe also has a TV show with her husband Lamar Odom, called “Khloe & Lamar.”


Kourtney is a mom of two.
Kourtney is a mom of two. | Source

Kourtney Kardashian has Family Drama

Perhaps viewers gravitate to Kourtney Kardashian because they understand her struggles to balance a career with being a mom. She joins Kim and Khloe in designing their fashion lines and running their D-A-S-H boutique while also taking care of her two children. She is the only one of the three main sisters to be a mother herself.

At 33-years-old, Kourtney is the oldest of the three main sisters. She and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick have frequent arguments, which play out on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” His drinking issues have caused tension between the couple and Kourtney’s sisters speak out publicly about the alcohol problems on the show. Viewers Watch fights between Kourtney and Scott and get a peek into the lifestyle of the rich young momw

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Viewers cannot get enough of the Kardashian family and, in particular, the three main sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. The sisters’ lifestyles are lavish as they are all extremely wealthy. Despite the money and fame of the television show, their lives never seem to be free of controversies. Viewers watch the real-life dilemmas play out on the television shows and enjoy having an inside look into flawed celebrity lifestyles.

©2013 Christy Birmingham


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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Billy you and I agree on so many things. I think we did watch the show once but their drama doesn't represent real life to me. Money doesn't fix everything.

      Voted interesting because you did such a great job!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting read about the Kardashian family that is always in the news because of Kim.

      Voted up.

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      The Kardashian girls could not possibly get famous without the people who support them. That list of supporters is a long one and includes fans and anything else that gives them attention and publicity, including the media, even hubs, which could net thousands of interested people through networking.

      They are irresistible because people--the ones who like them and the ones who do not like them--are curious about their fame and private lives. No matter how kinky they get, there are always millions who gobble it all up. You tuned them out because of the kinky sex, but millions more tuned in to them when they heard about it. The Kardashians are doing what sells and makes money, and people buy them hook, line, and sinker.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      We have banned this show in my house after I watched just PART of a show in which one of the sisters' boyfriend was trying to talk her into having relations in her rear end. I've got a young teenager and that was just way, way, way too much. I'm glad I at least watched it so I knew enough to ban it and have a discussion on health and values right there. I don't see why people like these talentless girls.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting. I was curious as to why people are so fascinated. I was skimming through some channels and an episode was on. I had to turn it off because they were discussing how they were going to trick the family into eating a placenta. Too much for me. Very enlightening expose!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I couldn't choose a favorite sister because I don't have one. The entire family annoys me. Starting with the mother and down the line. Bruce Jenner isn't as annoying probably because I don't hear or see his name 1,000 a day. To make matters worse they added Kanye West to the mix. Ugh. Sunshine's mini rant is officially over.

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I can honestly say I was never very interested in the Kardashians. I don't get the hype surrounding them.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      3 ladies with such different personalities!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, to be honest we do get the program over here, but I have never been able to figure out why or who they are! were they famous before the program? are they talented musicians or tv personalities on other things? or were they just a family that got famous for being famous? lol! I watched it for about two minutes then nearly threw a cup at the tv! lol! great hub and interesting to read about them, nell

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... it os a fun show to watch and the interaction with the viewers is awesome. There are many great life lessons that can be learned...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      sharmapk752 4 years ago

      Beautiful hub............

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! I have heard a lot about this show. Among 3 sisters, I am very familiar with Kim thanks to her movie appearances. Now I came to know more about each of them thanks to you. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Well written and very informative. I agree with the rest, I rather spent time researching for my next article on HP!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I can't say I care for them either but I have to admit I will look to see what is going on, such as Kim having her feet cleaned by fish. lol Guess most of us are just a little bit nosy.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      The Kardashian family is a waste of perfectly good oxygen.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Christie, you know what a big fan I am of you and your body of work. But who in the world are the Kardashians, and why would anyone want to watch them? Mads there's an actor worth watching!

      Have a good week, Christie!


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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Don't you think most of the issues are contrived for increase in viewing. I am amazed at the American public...watching this..And I do watch reality...American Idol, The VOice, Million dollar Real Estate n NY and LA...But there seems to be far more important things than to watch this bickering family. However, you did a great job my friend..and to becommended.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I don't own a television but I can say without hesitation that if I did I would not waste time on the Kardashian family. :) It is beyond me why intelligent people tune in to watch this train wreck of a family, but they do by the millions. Life is a mystery for me sometimes. LOL

      Good job, Christy, but then I expect that from you.