An old Russian expert named Leo Tolstoy once confessed: “I don’t look, but not looking is worse.”
No, I was not talking about the Kardashian clan. But it might as well have been, as all the pain and confusion of the entertainment first family ended tonight with one last look at many of the key moments from the capital K drama that defined the reality series for 20 seasons and 14 years. . None of that will change the world, but it was something we had to see, as anyone who goes through a car accident knows.
That Keeping up with the Kardashians It was not the first reality series, but it was certainly among the most culturally influential, adapting perfectly to the rise of social media and reality since its debut in October 2007.
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While it was never a critical favorite and hated by many for its emptiness and materialism, it was a consistent rating winner for most of its tenure, spawning numerous spinoff and special series. There was always something to see, some new relationship to explore, some drama to solve, and the show chronicled it all religiously.
For her fans, her zeitgeist created equal measures of passion, envy, and empathy, and they loyally followed her twists, making tonight’s final segment definitely feel like the end of an era.
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Of course, it is impossible to finish such a long series in one program. In fact, considering that the characters will still be alive and prominent, this final show hardly felt the need to be definitive.
The door was even left open for future specials, as the final burial of a time capsule containing exit interviews promises a decade-long viewership bonanza.
The final show addressed Kim’s feelings for her soon-to-be-divorced husband Kanye West, Khloe’s move to Boston to be with her wayward boyfriend, Tristan Thompson, and Kourtney’s pushmi-pullyu relationship with her ex Scott Disick.
All of this was marked by frequent hugs and celebrations among the clan, who apparently rejoiced at their release from constantly being in front of the cameras for more than a decade.
It also featured a lot of psychological babbling, great Lake Tahoe settings for a family vacation, and little thought of anything but themselves. In other words, it followed the playbook that made the show a hit, and there were few moments that strayed away from the family bubble of photoshoots, appearances, and relationship drama.
The show ended with a portrait from a family photoshoot and a few simple “thanks” to fans who have kept up with the Kardashians and remained loyal throughout their roller coaster lives.
We’ll see you all again in the two-part reunion special hosted by Andy Cohen airing June 17-20 on E! And without a doubt, we will see them again and again and again in various media, with the rumor that they can do something in streaming.
After all, a world without the Kardashians would be, for some, as bleak as a Russian novel.