The families behind the reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" announced that the series would end next year.

In a joint announcement posted on Kim Kardashian's Instagram, she mentioned that it is with "heavy heart" that they came to a decision. The series will air a new season this September 17 and the final season in early 2021. The series ran for over 14 years and 20 seasons, with hundreds of episodes and spawning many spin-offs. Kim also took the time to thank businesses and professionals who helped them in their success. She gave special mentions to Ryan Seacrest, E!, and the Bunim/Murray production.

"Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn't be where I am today. I am so incredibly grateful to everyone who has watched and supported my family and me these past 14 incredible years," Kim shared. "This show made us who we are, and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever."

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The show is about the exciting family members of Kardashian and Jenner. Its main stars are the sisters Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie. The significant others of the Kardashian-Jenner ladies also made guest appearances in the show, including Kim's husband Kanye West.

The Kardashian series was heavily criticized since its release, often for overemphasizing the celebrity status of the family and for coming up with fabricated stories to make the show more interesting. Despite all of these harsh reviews, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" remains one of the most successful shows and even winning awards. That is most likely due to the audience regarding the show as a "guilty pleasure."

The spin-off shows that were made thanks to the main series are the Dash Dolls, Flip It Like Disick, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons, Khloé & Lamar, Rob & Chyna, and Life of Kylie.