Ten years ago, a family of minor celebrities made their collective debut on a Ryan Seacrest-produced E! reality TV show. Like so many other Seacrest productions, it could have slipped into oblivion — for one thing, the concept wasn’t unique. Five years prior, in 2002, “The Osbournes” had premiered on MTV, a reality series that followed the domestic antics of heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne and his family.
The premise of Seacrest’s new show was no different, save for the fact that none of its cast had Osbourne’s level of fame. The only things they were known for, at the time, were their links to actually famous personalities. Unsurprisingly, when “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” was released in October 2007, the reviews were scathing, with critics denouncing it for its shallowness and calling its troupe “self-absorbed” and “desperate”.
But if the Kardashians were desperate, it only bolstered their drive to make the show a success. “KUWTK” drilled on, adding season after season, spin-off after spin-off, until it became the second-most-popular reality series of all time — and its in-your-face lead, the world’s most famous-for-being-famous person (not to mention wife of the most famous rapper, Kanye West).
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