King of the Crown

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Aspiring beauty queens get coached hard on body image.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

The show's emphasis is squarely on looks and being judged according to a largely unattainable standard of thinness and beauty. One of the contestants, for example, is endlessly harrassed to lose weight even though she's not fat by any stretch of the imagination.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Frakes does have some good things to say about facing your fears and working hard to achieve a goal. But even though he seems sincere about wanting the best for the women he coaches, it's clear that he has his business in mind all the time. And he's all about winning, almost at all costs. In one scene, for example, he jokes with his clients that he wants them to get a crown even if they have to bump the other girls off the stage to do it.


Women wear bikinis and parade around in them as part of the competition. Being sexy is considered part of being beautiful.


Some bleeped language, although it's kind of hard to tell what was actually said. Words like "pissed" aren't bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this beauty pageant reality series is focused on winning at all costs and judging women based on their looks. Contestants are sometimes mercilessly harrassed to lose weight (even when they're clearly not fat); others end up feeling like they're failures because they can't speak in front of a group. And pageant coach Cyrus Frakes is more than a little pushy about getting what he wants. Expect some bleeped language and revealing bikinis.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySwampwitch March 9, 2010

King of the Crown Rocks

Love it.. It is so inspiring.. to not just beauty contestants but everyone.. of every age! I'm 49 and it has inspired me greatly.. It brought a smile to m... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byPageant Momma October 16, 2009


This show is bad news and is not a good example for anyone, I wish they would put it after Todlers and Tiaras so that I could go to bed a little earlier.
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoison Ivey October 7, 2009


people making fools of themselves. That's what it is. I'm thin enough to be a model, but I'm not stupid I know what it reeaaaaallly takes and I... Continue reading

What's the story?

In KING OF THE CROWN, pageant coach Cyrus Frakes (of Gowns and Crowns in South Carolina) coaches young women to win in beauty contests. He's had several clients in fairly high-profile pageants and works hard to help his current protegees present themselves in the best way possible -- which can mean everything from helping them lose weight to coaching them for the on-stage interview process and teaching them how to compete in swimsuit competitions.

Is it any good?

While Frakes clearly has a stake in how well his clients do -- if he didn't produce winners, people wouldn't hire him -- he seems slightly more interested in his own welfare than his clients'. In one case, for example, Frakes pushes a client who embarrassed herself in a national televised competition to compete again to redeem herself ... and him, too.

And Frakes isn't the only one with mixed motives and messages. In another instance, viewers see a mother pushing her daughter relentlessly, then sabotaging her and berating her for it. It's painful viewing -- to the point that you can't help but wonder whether the daughter really wants to be in a pageant, even though she says that winning Miss USA is her lifetime dream.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about body image. What message do shows like this send on that issue? Is it fair to judge people on how they look?

  • How does the way the show is edited contribute to the on-screen drama? Do you think events always took place in exactly the way they're shown? Is "reality TV" always realistic?

  • Do you think this show fairly represents the pros and cons of beauty pageants? Is more than one perspective represented?

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 30, 2009
  • Cast: Cyrus Frakes
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: October 6, 2020

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