"The Girls Next Door", an E! series that followed Hugh Hefner's main three girlfriends - Kendra, Bridget and Holly - ran five seasons and became a hit for the network, turning all three girls into semi-celebrities. After five seasons, Hefner decided on a "change of cast" and the girls went their separate ways: Holly went to Vegas, Bridget hosts a show on the Travel Network and Kendra...well, Kendra has a show about Kendra learning to be an actual adult.
At the end "Girls Next Door", Kendra announced to her mother that she was "leaving the mansion." Her mother looked on with horror and asked why. She clearly realized her daughter had spent the last several years not doing anything much for herself.
The last episodes of "Girls" had Kendra moving into her own house, the first episode of "Kendra" has her attempting to try and actually clean the house (in a later episode, she throws her underwear on the floor because, she explains, that's how she's able to find it) and go grocery shopping - throwing everything into her cart, she's surprised when the total adds up to $400.
The series also introduces Kendra's husband, Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett. While the two clearly have nice chemistry with one another, they couldn't be more different - he's reserved and polite (and patient with her), she's wild and, well - not quite as well-mannered (upon meeting his parents, she gives them an autographed copy of a Playboy issue where she appeared naked.)
While there are a few smaller adventures for the two (a road trip, Kendra's attempt to throw a dinner party, a photo shoot in Vegas), the series mainly deals with Kendra and Hank's wedding at the Playboy Mansion and her surprise announcement late in the season.
The series does show quite a bit of nudity (which is uncensored on this DVD release) and quite a bit of unbleeped cursing. Additionally, there's also Kendra's laugh. After watching "Girls Next Door", I wasn't sure how well Kendra would fare expanded to a whole series of her own, but the series is entertaining "cotton candy" TV. Season two starts in March and sees Kendra having to move to the Midwest.
• Season 1 1 1-01 07/Jun/09 Un-Rappin / A Star Is Shown
3 1-03 14/Jun/09 The Ex Files
4 1-04 21/Jun/09 Lust in America
5 1-05 28/Jun/09 A Star Is Shorn
6 1-06 05/Jul/09 No Hanky, No Panky
7 1-07 12/Jul/09 Bridal Sweets
8 1-08 19/Jul/09 Between a Crock and a Hard Place
9 1-09 26/Jul/09 Preggers Can't Be Chooser
10 1-10 02/Aug/09 Undress Rehearsal/Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
11 1-11 09/Aug/09 Straight From the Heart
VIDEO: "Kendra" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen by 20th Century Fox. The presentation quality is generally terrific, although there are some moments where sharpness varied slightly. Still, the majority of the episodes looked crisp and detailed. Some minor shimmering and a few slight artifacts are spotted, but the picture largely appeared clean and clear. Colors remained bright and vibrant throughout, with no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: "Kendra" is presented in stereo and the audio offers clear dialogue, with no distortion or other issues.
EXTRAS: "Keepin' It Real", the follow-up episode to the season, where Kendra and Hank talk to Bridget about what occurred during the season. In other words, a clip show.
Final Thoughts: After watching "Girls Next Door", I wasn't sure how well Kendra would fare expanded to a whole series of her own, but the series is entertaining "cotton candy" TV. The DVD offers next-to-no extras, but fine audio/video quality. Recommended for fans.