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How Keeping Up With the Kardashians Became A Low-Rated Tragedy

When Keeping Up With the Kardashians debuted in 2007, it was presented a raunchier version of The Brady Bunch. 

Ten years later, the show's ratings have been halved, Khloe's ex-husband (Lamar Odom) almost died from a drug overdose, Kim's husband (Kanye West) had to be involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, Kourtney's baby daddy (Scott Disick) continues to struggle with substance abuse, Rob fathered a child with the baby mama (Blac Chyna) of his little sister Kylie's boyfriend (Tyga), Kendall made a shockingly insensitive Pepsi ad, and Bruce is now Caitlyn. 

Calling the show a "slow-boil tragedy". 

The Ringer writes, "As the Kardashians have grown more famous, the show’s story lines have started to make headline news months before they get the KUWTK treatment. Viewers, fed a fairy tale about fame, don’t necessarily want to watch a cautionary saga about celebrity dread. It’s impossible to keep up when things are so off the rails."