Robert Kardashian (1944–2003) and Kristen Mary "Kris" Houghton (born 1955) married in 1978, and had four children together: daughters Kourtney (born 1979), Kim (born 1980), and Khloé (born 1984), and son Rob (born 1987). In 1994, Robert rose to prominence when he defended O. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman during the O. In 2004, Kim became a personal stylist for recording artist Brandy Norwood.She eventually developed into a full-time stylist, and was a personal shopper and stylist for actress Lindsay Lohan.Khloé, Kim, and Kourtney ventured further into fashion, opening a high fashion boutique Dash in Calabasas, California.Throughout Kim's early career, she was involved in some high-profile relationships including Brandy Norwood's brother, singer Ray J, and later, singer Nick Lachey."[Kris] was interested in doing a television show and this was in the time that The Osbournes was popular.Keeping Up with the Kardashians (often abbreviated KUWTK) is an American reality television series that airs on the E! The show focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian–Jenner blended family.
, an American cable network which features mostly entertainment-related programming, and reality television series; the show was eventually picked up.
The significant others of the Kardashian sisters have also appeared on the show, including Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick and Khloé's ex-husband Lamar Odom.
Caitlyn's son Brody made cameo appearances in the early seasons before joining the show to appear regularly, along with his brother Brandon, and Brandon's wife, Leah.
It is often criticized for the high degree of emphasis on the "famous for being famous" concept, and for appearing to fabricate some aspects of its storylines.
Several critics also noted the show's lack of intelligence, and described the family as "self-absorbed" and "desperate" for fame.