Parents' Guide to

Game of Crowns

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Pageant reality focuses on competition and conflict.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2014
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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.

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