Tonight on E! the Kardashian-themed programming returns to that happy place where everything matters a little too much, but not so much that we start to fear our Kardashians have been spending time at the local learning annex taking “Crying on Reality Television 101.” Despite the whirlwind beginning of their relationship – they were married after a month of knowing each other – Khloe and Lamar is the most solid of the Kardashian love stories. And while the last two cycles of Kardashian programming have centered on one sister refusing to get married to the father of her child and the other marrying any one willing to hold her hand, Khloe and Lamar is a breath of fresh air. And that is our first of four reasons to tune into the premiere tonight.
1. Khloe and Lamar Can Be Entertaining Without Being Hyperbolic
After watching Kim throw herself the “wedding of the century” only to divorce Kris Humphries in a fiery display of “ugly crying” 72 days later, it’s pretty fair to assume we’re all pretty tired of the over-the-top nature of any series with the Kardashian brand. That’s why it’s a stroke of genius that E! followed up Kourtney & Kim Take New York with Khloe and Lamar. They’re nuts, like night-vision-camera-in-their-secret-sex-den nuts, but they’re honestly nuts – and in a way that doesn’t cause our eyes to roll out of our heads. They have real people problems with an extra dash of reality TV seasoning – and after the last two series, that’s exactly what we need.
2. The Season Will Follow Lamar’s Move to the Dallas Mavericks
For the number of basketball players involved in the Kardashians’ affairs, you’d think we’d hear more about the actual sport. This season of Khloe and Lamar promises to delve a little into the sports world as we witness Lamar struggling with the NBA lockout and later his transfer from the multi-championship-winning team, The Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. Being a Laker has a certain cache to it, so you can imagine what this transition will be like for Mavericks forward.
3. Rob Gets a Job! (Sort of) And it Upsets Lamar?
This season also sees Rob Kardashian move out of his sister’s house so he can pursue his then-job: being a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. It’s not exactly the type of job that parents would put in their Christmas newsletter, but it works. And Rob’s newfound independence strikes a chord with Lamar. Suddenly, Rob’s not around for him to pal around with all the time – a factor only exacerbated by the fact that Lamar is twiddling his thumbs thanks to the NBA Lockout. Will the Bromance survive? (Let’s hope so; it’s one of the most enjoyable aspects of the series.)
4. Lamar and Khloe Are Just So Gosh Darn Likable
Perhaps their relatively down-to-earth qualities come from being in the shadows of superstars like Kim Kardashian and Lamar’s former teammate Kobe Bryant, but the pair is delightfully normal. Even when they’re broadcasting their (very active) sex life on television for all to see, it’s got a lovely air of refreshing banality to it. This is just life for them. It’s everyday. It’s normal. Yet, they’re so engaging in their version of normalcy. The fact that it’s probably not the average definition of normal is what reels us in, but their charm is what keeps us tuned in.
Khloe and Lamar premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the premiere of Ice Loves Coco.