How real is Hulu’s “The Kardashians”?

No doubt The Kardashians on Hulu falls squarely into the reality TV category. But his delivery of reality is strategic. It’s as polished as the drones that zoom past its various residences and businesses and has as high a production value as its brilliantly lit confessionals. The Kardashians are choosy about what they let their fans see, and with good reason.

In the KarJenners profile with Variety, Kim Kardashian has opened up about how her robbery in Paris in 2016 led her to be more cautious and private about what she shares publicly. “We used to share so much in real time, and once we realized that real time can be a bit scary and complicated, we’ve saved a lot more,” she said. “I think we’re still very good at sharing. I think we’re really cautious and careful, and I think that’s okay.”

As they decide how much to divulge about their personal lives, the goal of “The Kardashians” seems to be to reclaim their characters’ narrative in the media, whether it’s Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian’s on-and-off relationship, Kourtney Kardashian. the romance with Travis Barker or Kim’s divorce from Kanye West and the flourishing relationship with Pete Davidson. So how much, exactly, is “The Kardashians” real, and how much of it is staged? This is what we know.

Do the Kardashian-Jenners do new takes for “The Kardashians”?

Fans, especially on Reddit, have started to notice continuity errors in the new show, such as when Kris Jenner calls her daughters to confirm Travis’s proposal to Kourtney on October 17, 2021, and the caller ID of some of the they say 2022. Fans’ assumption is that this scene was refilmed. A March 2022 Variety interview claiming that the cast films individually rather than together to fit their busy schedules seems to reinforce this assumption.

Are parts of “The Kardashians” staged?

The new show begins similarly to “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” with Kim discovering (through her son Saint, no less!) that a game on Roblox is showing an ad for new footage of her infamous sex tape with Ray. . J. Gets her entire legal team and her ex-husband Kanye to overturn it. In fact, on the morning of Kim’s “Saturday Night Live” performance, Kanye hands her a mysterious briefcase, which is filled with old computers believed to have the original footage, and claims that Ray J personally gave him all the source material. content. However, Ray J denied this, saying, “This is all a lie, smh. I can’t let them keep doing this, so fake” in a comment on a Hollywood Unlocked post about the episode’s events.

While neither side has explained what Ray J meant, his response sparked a debate about what is really real in “The Kardashians” and whether they fabricated a story to create a new drama at a time when we know so much of their stories. lives. After all, Kim recently admitted to Photoshopping Khloe’s daughter True into a photo with her daughter Chicago because the original photo with Kylie’s daughter Stormi didn’t fit with Khloe’s Instagram aesthetic. she.

There’s already a working Reddit thread of all the “KUWTK” and “The Kardashians” plotlines that fans believe are fake in all of their programming, including the Roblox scene with Saint, the Todd Kraines prank, Kendall and Kylie being contributors to Seventeen on the west coast. , and more.

Does “The Kardashians” have a script?

No, “The Kardashians” is unscripted, but there is a big difference between the filming style of “KUWTK” and “The Kardashians.”

THE KARDASHIANS, from left: Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, James Corden, 'Did Someone Record That?', (Season 1, ep. 102, aired April 21, 2022).  photo: Hulu/Courtesy Everett Collection

On “KUWTK,” we were invited into their lives, but the cameras were largely ignored. Aside from the confessionals, the fourth wall remained more or less intact between the viewer and the KarJenners. In “The Kardashians,” however, they speak directly to the cameras during scenes in a way that evokes both intimacy and power: They know you’re watching and remind you that they still control the narrative we see on screen. We have always seen them live their lives; now in a metacognitive turn, we are seeing them filming themselves living their lives.

That breaking of the fourth wall came at times like when Scott Disick recalled how, for “the first time in 15 years … we’ve had a very, very long break from having cameras follow our every move, and I think I felt a little lonely.” Or when Kim looked into the camera and shared that she’s “vegan most of the time… 98% of the time, but today I’m freaking out,” as she put chicken wings on her plate. And in episode three, Kim’s assistant asked her family to come to her room and when Kris asked if they should bring the cameras, Kim said she did. There’s also the moment in the first episode during Kendall Jenner’s confessional where she talked about getting COVID and missing the family barbecue, but that’s okay because “you’re going to get me for the rest of the season anyway and I’ll be here so I don’t Don’t worry.

So, are “The Kardashians” real?

The best answer is yes, mostly.

One of the first clips Hulu shared to tease the new show promises that “All the walls will break.” Perhaps this strategic filming and emphasis on certain stories has less to do with misleading viewers and more to do with presenting a simulated version of real events, where the footage doesn’t always match the exact time as they unfold, whether it’s the barbecue family or Tristan’s timeline. or Travis and Kourtney’s relationship.

Regardless of the timing, we can all agree that there’s a lot of very real tea being spilled on this show, albeit with a little curating at times, and I, for one, can’t wait to see Pete Davidson finally do his big thing. appearance.

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