While Kim and her family tearfully shared “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on E! In 2021, they made a flashier, more modern comeback with a series on Hulu
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The first season of Hulu’s The Kardashians ended on June 16, 2022 after 10 dramatic episodes that left both horrified and amused, indicating that the famous clan and reality TV in general is still the same are important as ever. There have been disclosures, busts and girl boss instances in this spectacular renaming of the popular Keeping Up With The Kardashians series, presenting scenes that fuel drama, sequences that fuel drama, and scenes that in some situations simply exaggerated.
The first season of The Kardashians ended not long ago, after a series debut that broke Hulu records — and nine more episodes of Family Riots. The show’s snappy storytelling sure felt familiar — albeit with a little less TMI and a much more obvious focus on the family’s brand. It covered topics ranging from Kim’s “walking campaign” for Balenciaga to her controversial criminal justice reform efforts, as well as her siblings’ evolving relationship status and the making of the TV show itself. If anything, the new Hulu release was ideal for die-hard Kardashians wanting a deeper dive into where the family is today and their business operations, punctuated, of course, by the sisters’ famously amusing exchange. Here are the moments that kept ‘The Kardashians’ fans awake after Season 1.
Ye flew to LA to deliver the laptop with her sex tape to Kim
When Kim came to New York City to record “Saturday Night Live,” she was still grappling with alleged threats over more sex tape footage. It was unexpected to see Ye arrive at her hotel with a suitcase. While earlier press reports from January informed viewers that Ye claimed to have recovered pieces of Kim’s footage, this marked the artist’s first visit to The Kardashians. Ye had flown to Los Angeles and returned on a red-eye flight — no less than on the bus — to get the final shots of her, and Ray J Kim was in tears as she opened a black bag containing a computer , a keyboard, and a hard drive contained a drive that appeared to contain the latest of her sex tapes. Kim confirmed that the tape had no sexual content. “I know Kanye did this for me, but he did this for my kids, too,” Kim said in a confessional. “I want to protect her from that as much as I can, and if I had the power to do that or Kanye had the power to do that, that’s just the most important thing to me, and I’m so emotional about that.” And it just means a lot to me.”
In episodes nine and ten, titled “Bucket List Goals” and “Enough is Enough,” one of the most shocking and heartbreaking scenes of The Kardashians season 1 unfolded. Kim was on the phone with Kylie and Kourtney in the cliffhanger moment of the penultimate episode and broke out about Tristan’s umpteenth adultery. Nonetheless, as a multitasker, she doesn’t let the rage of her workout derail her and keeps hammering away at her bicep curls. The sisters were seen on tape discussing the leaked legal filings, in which Khloé’s then-partner Tristan Thompson admitted to having sex with another woman on his 30th birthday in March 2021. He also tried to get Khloé back after a previous infidelity scandal, claiming that he had changed and wanted to start a family with her. The petitioner, fitness trainer Maralee Nichols, was pregnant at the time and claimed Thompson was the father of her child in court records. The NBA player agreed with the documents that this could be possible based on the timing of their sexual encounter, and paternity tests later revealed he was the father of Nichols’ child, who was born in December 2021. “Is Tristan like the worst person on the planet?” Kylie asked Kim about the call as they discussed the leaked court documents exposing Thompson’s adultery.
Kim was significantly lighter and happier when she started dating beau Pete Davidson in the fall of 2021 after starring on ‘SNL’ in October, while staying discreet about her new on-screen relationship. Davidson was shown doing adorable things for Kim, like her dibs before a photoshoot, and she ended up speaking about him in the film, calling him the “best person I’ve ever met” — but fans saw or heard nothing by him explicitly in the first season. So it was a delightful surprise in the final episode’s post-credits sequence when Kim spoke to her boyfriend while filming confessionals for the show. But it was her topic of conversation that got people talking.
Kim was there to introduce Pete to her longtime audio producer, Erin “Paxy” Paxton. “Paxy worked with me on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ for 14 years,” she explained. “She knows everything about me. She probably saw my vagina.”
“More than me,” off-screen, Davidson can be heard asking.
“Not more so than you, but she probably saw it,” Kim said. Paxton laughed offscreen and informed Kim that she hadn’t seen her vagina.
Pete Davidson asked if Kim’s longtime audio producer had seen her vagina more than he had
“Well, come on,” Kim jokingly told her. “It takes time to warm up to see my vagina. But you could check the internet. I’m just having fun.”
Due to Barker, Kourtney, and their pursuit of procreation, The Kardashians season one had some sticky spots. Nothing is more startling than Kourtney’s statement in Episode 7, “Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going”. The couple were discussing reproductive treatments with Ayurvedic doctor Martha Soffer, when the Poosh founder said an anonymous doctor had previously advised her to drink Barker’s semen “four times a week” to “improve” her thyroid levels. “I can’t remember what he said, whether it was low or high,” she said. “Well, he told me that what would help him was drinking his semen about four times a week.” Kourtney remarked to Barker, “I love this doctor.”
Barker and Kourtney didn’t explain whether or not they followed the doctor’s advice, but they alluded to him in the past tense.
Scott and Khloé pay Kris a visit at work to help her prepare for her upcoming masterclass, and Khloé asks about the Emmy behind her, assuming it’s fake. “It’s real: Kim bid for it at auction.” “You guys happened to buy someone an Emmy?” asks Khloe. Kris shrugs, “Fake it ’til you make it.” Khloé’s questioning is meant to draw attention to the ridiculousness of the purchase, but it also draws attention to something else. Buying an iconic award to manifest winning that award is the ultimate power play where economic and symbolic capital come into conflict. That’s when the Kardashians realized they didn’t need an Emmy. You already have one of the most popular TV series in the world.
Season 2 of The Kardashians will premiere on September 22, 2022 on Disney+ in the UK and Hulu in the US. Be sure to tune in for more jaw-dropping moments.