‘KUWTK’: The Kardashians’ Fake Storylines Aren’t Entertaining Anymore

The Kardashians are considered to be America’s “first family” of reality TV. Their show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is one of the longest-running and most successful reality series of all time.

Over the years, fans have seen the family grow up, experience heartbreak, and become infinitely more successful than they probably ever could have imagined.

Still, in recent years, many viewers have become disillusioned with the Kardashian-Jenner clan, and recently, some of those fans took to Reddit to slam the family for the supposedly “fake” storylines highlighted in the show.

What made the Kardashians so popular with viewers?

Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian
Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West | Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

When Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered in 2007, the pop culture world got quite a shakeup. There had never before been a reality show quite like theirs, one which focused on a large, rambunctious, affluent family that was trying to make their mark on both the business world and the arena of celebrity culture.

From the youngest siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner to ambitious matriarch Kris Jenner, it seemed as though there was someone for everyone to relate to.

The Kardashians weren’t afraid to put it all out there, and viewers saw plenty of meltdowns and fights in the early years. They came across as raw, unscripted, and always ready to open up about turmoil within the family unit. There’s little doubt that the family’s vulnerability helped to endear them to audiences in the early years.

It was their openness that helped them to become wildly successful, and these days, almost every member of the family has their own business venture — from Kylie Jenner’s billion-dollar cosmetics empire to Kim Kardashian’s sold-out shape wear line. 

Some ‘KUWTK’ story points have gotten old

Many dramatic things have happened on Keeping Up with the Kardashians over the years. As the family grew more famous, they started to deal with tabloid scandals more often than family squabbles.

Plastic surgery speculation and cheating allegations ruled the screen, and many storylines were extended from season to season until it seemed as though the family had to deal with particular incidents for months-long stretches. 

Although the family’s show is considered classic reality television, there is definitely a good bit of tampering that goes on behind the scenes. Show producers have been known to air things in a different order from the way they actually happened, and to plan out bigger events specifically for the screen — like Kim Kardashian’s engagement to Kris Humphries.

Some reports have even claimed that many of the home exterior shots seen on the show are just stock video shots and that the homes don’t even belong to members of the Kardashian family. While viewers might have accepted these things as part of the package at one point, many fans are finding themselves disillusioned with many of the storylines. 

Fans speak out about the ‘fake’ storylines

These days, viewers are savvier than ever before, and are becoming more discerning about their entertainment options.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that many fans are starting to get a little irritated with some of the storylines featured on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

In a recent Reddit thread, viewers pointed out that many of the story points on the show feel too “elaborate” and that the family has “overexposed themselves to the point where we know what’s real and what’s not.”

Some fans pointed out that without Kourtney Kardashian being as present in the show, many of the scenes suffer because it highlights how “highlights how Kim and Khloe (especially Kim) really don’t show their real lives.”

All in all, many viewers agreed that the show these days has a totally different “vibe” than in days past. It is very possible that the world’s most famous reality show is on borrowed time.