An Open Letter To The Kardashians

‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ is coming to an end but their legacy will continue to live on and hold a special place in our hearts.

Have you ever wanted to write a letter to someone who’s impacted your life? Just express your true feelings on paper? Well, Afterbuzz TV has a new series called, “Open Letter” to give staff writers the chance to communicate those feelings. Here’s an open letter from our staff writer Danica Creahan enclosed to Keeping Up With Kardashians to honor how the show brought great memories to her childhood.

My whole life I’ve felt anxious whenever I’m home alone. Something about the silence has always gnawed at me and made me jumpy and nervous. Around age 10, when I was home alone I would be popping on the TV as background noise to help calm me.

I remember watching reruns of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on some channel our TV bunny ears picked up (way before binge watching the series on Hulu). I was basically an OG binger. I distinctly remember their first house where Kendall and Kylie were practically babies where they discovered and danced on Kris Jenner’s in-home pole.

My family never had E! so by the time I hit my mid-teens,I had been waiting to devour the entire season that was finally on Hulu. The prime time always seemed to be around when I was being left alone for a weekend or pet-sitting for people and their empty houses. I detested the feeling of loneliness, but when KUWTK was on, it kept the feeling at bay.

I know the show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Most of the people in my life detest reality television. And sure, some of the show’s drama is typical for reality TV, considering the Kardashians essentially made the mold for a successful reality show. But I think what appealed to me most about the show is the thing non-viewers deny even exists—the intimacy of it all.

For those of us who have watched from the beginning ,and seeing the family grow and evolve made me feel connected because I was growing in my own personal life as well. This made me feel like I could relate to their family at times.

No, I am not trying to say I feel like a member of the Kardashian family, and I am not immune to many of the valid criticisms the sisters have acquired over their rollercoaster careers, but the family feels to me much like the Waltons or the Brady Bunch. Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian’s relationship holds a place in my heart right next to Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.

It seems as though by television standards, it is less acceptable to feel attached to reality stars than fictional characters, and I often wonder why that is. When Kim announced the show would be ending, I felt a sadness very much akin to any long running television show, only this time, the characters won’t only live inside of reruns.

It will certainly be weird to not have the Kardashian family to keep me company in the coming years, though I take comfort in knowing I can always find them on Instagram. Thanks Kardashian family, for 14 years of memories (and memes), you will be missed.

About the Author

Danica Creahan

Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.