Game of Crowns

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Pageant reality focuses on competition and conflict.

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

Positive Messages

The focus is on conflict and competition among mature women on the pageant circuit. There's also an emphasis on traditional beauty and fitness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although some women mentor newbies, they all are fiercely competitive. All have careers outside of pageantry. Their charitable platforms range from anti-bullying to breast cancer advocacy.

Violence

Endless arguments among contestants, their spouses, and their families. One contestant claims that a spouse threatened to kill her. One contestant is a breast cancer survivor. 

Sex

Women are shown in skimpy, cleavage-revealing outfits, including swimwear, on and off the pageant stage. Derogatory remarks about contestants such as "hoochie" are used. 

Language

Words like "ass," "hell," and "bitch" are audible; curses are bleeped.

Consumerism

High-end brands are discussed and sometimes visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Folks are shown drinking (wine, shots) during social events and meals. Cigar smoking is briefly visible. The use of drugs to lose weight is discussed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality show Game of Crowns features married women participating in beauty pageants, but the real focus is on the competitive and catty relationships among the women. Words such as "hell," "ass," and "bitch" are audible; stronger curses are bleeped. Expect some drinking and smoking, too.

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What's the story?

GAME OF CROWNS is a reality show featuring six New England women who compete on the "Mrs." pageant circuit. It stars Leha Guilmette, an account executive and Mrs. Rhode Island America; Lori-Ann Marchese, a fitness expert and former Mrs. Connecticut; attorney Lynne Diamante, former Miss Rhode Island USA; and Susanna Paliotta, Mrs. Rhode Island United States, and pageant mom to child pageant star Isabella. Also joining the cast is registered nurse and former Mrs. Connecticut America Vanassa Sebastian. From competing against each other on the pageant stage to developing rivalries between competitions, the series highlights the ups and downs of being part of the married pageant scene.

Is it any good?

Game of Crowns offers an inside look at the preparation for and competition of the "Mrs."-level pageant circuits, which require women to be married and to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash for dresses, accessories, coaches, and cosmetic procedures. But, although these women attempt to be elegant in front of the judges, off-stage they manage to be catty, judgmental, and narcissistic, especially when they sit in the audience and laugh at larger contestants and put down their supposed pageant friends to feel that they have a competitive edge. 

Little is said about the benefits these women believe they receive from participating in these pageants, such as being motivated to be healthier, improving their self-esteem, and using these competitions to bring attention to their various philanthropic platforms. Instead, they manage to highlight the negative stereotypes that exist about the pageant world. The result is a show that is entertainingly voyeuristic but one that makes it difficult to take these women seriously. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about beauty pageants. Why do people participate in them? What are the benefits of doing so? What kinds of resources and preparation do folks need to participate in them? 

  • Does this series offer a realistic portrayal of what it's like for adults to participate in beauty pageants? Or is what is being presented here designed to reflect stereotypes about pageants and people who participate in them?

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For kids who love reality shows

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