Coach Charming

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Colorful pageant coach preps contestants in reality series.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Life is a pageant; this show and its stars send lots of mixed messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Alverson is blunt, tough but helpful. 


Occasional family arguments are generally humorous.


Women in bikinis; references to nipples, Kegel exercises. Genitalia called "the party place," "hoo-ha."


"Hell," "damn," "ass"; stronger curses bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional beer drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coach Charming is a beauty-pageant-themed reality show featuring young women strutting their stuff in bikinis as part of their competition preparation. There's lots of salty language ("hell," "damn," "ass"; stronger curses bleeped) and occasional drinking. Pregnancy and divorce are discussed, and there are some mild (and usually humorous) conflicts among cast members.

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What's the story?

COACH CHARMING is a reality series about a Southern lawyer who is also a renowned pageant coach. Bill Alverson runs a small legal practice with his son William in Andalusia, Louisiana. But when he’s not working cases, he spends his time coaching pageant contestants for big wins. Young women hoping to become his next Miss-USA or Miss-America success story travel across the country to get his blunt, no-nonsense advice, much of which he draws from his litigation background. But though his clients listen to his every word, neither William; his non-pageant-involved daughters, Stella and Blanch; nor his daughter-in-law, Helen Anne let him have his way when he's at home.

Is it any good?

This lighthearted series offers a glimpse into Bill Alverson's uniquely colorful world filled with legal duties, family, and sequined ball gowns. Although his coaching technique isn't particularly unorthodox, he relies heavily on his legal training and theater background to help his clients exude confidence and be highly informed and articulate, especially during interviews.

There are lots of painfully awkward moments as the women strut their stuff under Alverson's critical eye, but the real fun comes from watching him flamboyantly react to them. Interactions with his kids have their moments, too, even though they're more much contrived. Nonetheless, if you enjoy pageant-themed reality, this one will certainly keep you entertained.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about beauty pageants. What kinds of stereotypes exist about the people who are involved in them? Do TV shows such as this one promote or diffuse them?

  • Would you ever enter a beauty pageant? Why, or why not?

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