Queen America

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Beauty pageant dark comedy is full of mature themes.

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Positive Messages

It’s a pageant-themed show that addresses common problems like eating disorders, body issues, and alcoholism. Working hard, committing to something important, and mentorship are also themes. Family dysfunction is also a major thread. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vicki Ellis tries to maintain an image that separates her from her background. Pageant women don’t always use good judgment. 


Frequent yelling, screaming, insult hurling. Falling, tripping, and occasional punching happens too. Bullying is discussed. A sexual assault is thwarted. 


Strong innuendo, including simulated sex acts. There are references to STDs, crude references re uttered, and extramarital affairs are also a theme. 


"G--damn," "bitch," "s--t," "f--k" are all bleeped. Rude gestures.


Occasional brands and restaurant franchises like Chevrolet and Golden Corral referenced. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, wine, and hard liquor visible. Alcoholism, diet and morning after pills, and drug use discussed. Cigarette smoking visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Queen America is a Facebook Watch series about the beauty pageant circuit that's geared towards older teens. There’s strong sexual innuendo (including simulated sex acts), drinking, cigarette smoking, and references to cocaine use, alcoholism, body image issues, and eating disorders. Violence includes fighting, insult hurling, and bullying behavior, which sometimes results in a punch or two, too. Cursing is frequent (though the word "f--k" is bleeped). All this being said, the series does contain positive messages about finding people that help lift you up, and having the commitment to work hard to achieve your goals. 

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Adult Written byMrsCoAm December 4, 2018


As a previous title holder and mother of 3 girls, I was looking forward to this show until I watched the first episode. I watched up until the 3rd episode and t... Continue reading

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What's the story?

QUEEN AMERICA is a Facebook Watch comedy series about a pageant coach who is trying to outrun her troubled, working class past. Catherine-Zeta Jones stars as Vicki Ellis, a pageant coach who spends her time coaching Oklahoma pageant contestants to victory while struggling with her own demons. When she successfully coaches Hayley Wilson (Victoria Justice) to victory in the Miss Oklahoma pageant, she looks forward to helping through nationals with there help of her friend and makeup artist Nigel (Teagle F. Bougere) and trainer Mary Clark (Rana Roy). But an unexpected twist has her working with Samantha Cole (Belle Shouse), the unrefined first-runner up who only has three months to prepare for the biggest pageant of her life. Meanwhile, her relationships with her sister Katie (Molly Price) and niece Bella (Isabella Amara) are strained, and she’s dealing with her own health issues. 

Is it any good?

This dark, funny comedy sees Vicki putting her clients through their paces in order to survive the cutthroat pageant circuit. It highlights some of the well-known secrets of the pageant world, which range from extreme exercise and dieting techniques to dealing with sexual predators. It also underscores how these things can lead to long-term health problems, including eating disorders and alcoholism. 

Despite the dark, snarky tone, Queen America also contains some mildly empowering themes, including the value of working hard, finding strength in oneself, and the importance of finding people to help pull you up when you need it. And while it has enough strong content to make it a questionable choice for young viewers, it is very entertaining for those mature enough to handle it. All in all, if you’re looking for a fun streaming series to watch, this one works.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pageant industry. What kind of positive things do pageants offer contestants? What are some of the negatives? 

  • What does Queen America suggest about the relationship between pageantry and eating disorders? How can you tell if someone is struggling with this mental health issue? What ways are there to help a friend dealing with an eating disorder?

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