A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The judges evaluate the contestants on a mix of physical beauty, intelligence, attitude, and evidence of clear and respectful boundaries between mother and daughter. The teams come from various socioeconomic backgrounds; most are White, but there are several Black teams.
Positive Role Models
Some of the contestants are very catty and vindictive. Some of the moms and daughters have troubled relationships, while others' stories are inspirational. Some women make negative comments about others' appearance (including commenting on their weight).
Violence & Scariness
Contestants sometimes argue with each other. Some mothers argue with their daughters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The contestants are sometimes seen in bras and bikinis. Some of Carson's risque observations contain references to "hookers" and gay "queens."
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Words include "crap" and "bitchy."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some visible alcohol consumption (wine, champagne).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this beauty-pageant reality series -- in which mother-daughter teams vie for the crown -- rewards talent and intelligence as well as physical beauty. The judges also look for clear boundaries between the moms and their daughters ... which are often crossed behind the scenes (some of the relationships are quite troubled). Expect some strong language ("crap," "bitch," etc.) and catty behavior between contestants, including negative comments about weight.
Is It Any Good?
The judges claim that they're looking for "modern beauty," which ostensibly includes heart, spirit, and brains as well as good looks. They also want to see moms actually act like parents rather than their adult daughter's friend or subordinate. But these ideals don't keep some of the competitors from engaging in catty behavior -- including openly sniping about other contestants' weight, talent, and socioeconomic background. The pressure also causes some troubled mother-daughter teams to turn against each other.
While Crowned may appeal to young pageant hopefuls, the sometimes-strong language and snide remarks make it iffy for tweens. But it's definitely a guilty pleasure for older viewers who enjoy watching the behind-the-scenes strife that always seems to emerge between reality-show competitors.
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