Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The Complete Third Season Review

For those Americans who have not been inundated with the frivolous happenings plaguing the Kardashian clan, consider yourself lucky. The voluptuous Kim is perhaps the best known of the bunch, a fashion maven whose time in the spotlight was without a doubt assured by a combination of two things: the tireless commitment to appearing in the media’s eyes and…a sex tape that ‘leaked’ all too conveniently. Along with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe, their mother Kris and stepfather Bruce Jenner, who appears to be largely famous for being an Olympic decathlon gold medal winner in ’76. What can I say about “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, now well into a fifth season?

If you have a vested interest in keeping up with the lifestyles of the rich and famous, this is the show for you. It’s serviceable, never more than a tiny bit profound and takes a certain sense of pride in the hedonism it so effectively advertises. Listening to the siblings and extended family interact in an interchangeably tinny repertoire grows tiresome from time to time but the show is filled with enough artificial flash backs and inanely cheesy montages to essentially beat you down to your elemental state – the primal viewer, absent and barely aware. Feel free to call me pretentious, but its no damn fun – trashy and sometimes loud, taxing to watch as you feel brain cells slipping away into oblivion.

Mind you, I bear no grudge against this show for existing – it’s not by any means worthy of the ire that weighs down the big daddy of current controversy – "Jersey Shore". Unlike the self-professed stereotypes of the "Shore", the Kardashians make no claim to any kind of outlandish behavior as source to their fame – they are not particularly eccentric nor salt-of-the-earth relatable. They are wealthy and well-off, and watching their day-to-day lives unfold with a scoop of limp drama, you get the sense you’re watching a girly version of “Entourage” without the erudite undercurrent of Hollywood insiders writing to a crowd that wants to have an “in” to the industry.

The sisters quarrel and Kim clashes with Kris, who attempts to moralize her daughters but is often slipping into the same feverish party-now worry-later atmosphere the girls seem to solely exist to portray. Bruce provides most of the comedic relief, seemingly intent on maintain some sort of puritanical stranglehold on the family despite a resolve on the older daughter’s behalf to maintain a resolved ambition to a life of fame. Kim is the probably the most successful of the bunch and certainly the headliner of this clan publicly. She is presented as levelheaded though the incessant presence of cameras just about everywhere makes it difficult to know who is being genuinely authentic. In a surprisingly prescient moment, one of the younger Kardashians, Kendall, is presented as coming into a lifestyle that is altogether too adult for her. As the family chatters about her growing up too fast, you almost get the feeling there might be something subtle scattered about the inane dialogue, each member trying to talk over the other.

If you are not new to “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, you know just what to expect and will not be let down. This is the reality of our reality television and by extension, the quality – you get what you pay for, what you want. If you’re looking for something with definite quality, you can do a whole lot better – even if you want to ogle Kim’s undeniably impressive backside, the internet has the answer. You can do better.

DVD Bonus Features

The extras, if you can call them that, include several deleted scenes on the first disk and commentaries on the second disk – the commentaries are less comments on the show than the Kardashians talking over the Kardashians talking.

"Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The Complete Third Season" is on sale August 24, 2010 and is not rated. Reality, Television. Directed by Bruce Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kimberly Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner. Written by Ryan Seacrest, Eliot Goldberg. Starring Khloe Kardashian, Kimberly Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian.

Mark Zhuravsky • Staff Writer

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