Those who love reality shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Bachelor will most likely know all about – or have binge watched – I Am Cait. This documentary show focuses on Caitlyn Jenner and her life after her gender transition. Making its debut on the E! network, it comprised eight episodes of one hour each in duration.
In terms of feedback, people were quick to praise the way the series focuses on how the transgender community faces various social issues. They commented that the series put in some positive work towards helping American citizens to have an understanding of transgender people – making them more visible and accepted.
The premise of I Am Cait is simple, as it focuses on showing how Caitlyn Jenner moves through her life after her transition. These scenes include the obstacles and issues Jenner experiences as she meets her friends and family. Episodes include Caitlyn dealing with meeting those in her life for the first time as her new self, and visiting a support group for people with trans children.
Storylines also include Cait attending NYC Pride, receiving advice from Scott Disick on how to rebuild her relationships with her male friends and a big talk between Caitlyn and Kris as they work out how to move forwards in relation to the Kardashian-Jenner family.
Cast and characters
People who feature in I Am Cait include:
- Caitlyn Jenner
- Candis Cayne
- Kate Bornstein
- Chandi Moore
- Ella Giselle
- Courtney Nanson
- Scott Disick
- Kris Jenner
- Jennifer Finney Boylan
- Zackary Drucker
- Ronda Kamihira
- Kylie Jenner
- Kim Kardashian
- Kanye West
A number of filming locations are featured in I Am Cait. For example, Jenner invites people over to her home in some episodes. In episode two of season one, she goes with friends to Sonoma County, California. She also attends NYC Pride, and goes to a support group.
The second season features Cait and her friends going on a cross-country road trip, while other scenes show Cait going to her alma mater in Iowa. Kris visits Cait while she is in New Orleans, and she risks being arrested in Houston, Texas.
E! announced their plans for I Am Cait immediately after Caitlyn came out as a trans woman during an interview with Diane Sawyer. Jeff Jenkins, who is one of the producers on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, was set up with a meeting with Jenner to confirm rumours which were circulating about her transition. When Jenner decided on how the series would play out in terms of its purpose, the production began several months later.
A special concerning Caitlyn’s story was aired as part of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and it was a two part special called About Bruce. The story has been criticised by some as being deliberately engineered to make KUWTK even more of a must-watch show.
Episodes and reception
I Am Cait has received positive feedback in general. Television critics received an advance screening of its premiere so they could release reviews ahead of its debut to the general public. It was clear to critics that Jenner had created the show in order to educate people on the transgender community, as well as assist transgender youth. However, it also kept in line with the typical traits of reality TV in order to appeal to a mass audience who enjoy this genre, as well as keeping a link to Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
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