A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contains some disturbing messages about women, drug use, and the consequences -- or lack thereof -- of irresponsible behavior.
Positive Role Models
Cast members try to build careers through iffy behavior while maintaining their exclusionary social status.
Violence & Scariness
Disagreements and arguments are frequent but more polite than most.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent conversations about sex, promiscuity, and private parts. Men and women are shown in skimpy bathing suits and in bed together. Unwanted pregnancies and questionable paternity are themes.
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Words such as "damn," "crap," "piss," "bitch," "pu--y," "slut," "whore," "tramp stamp," and "stabbin' cabin" audible; curses bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Mercedes-Benz and other luxury cars visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, wine, champagne, cocktails, hard liquor) is frequently visible. Cigar smoking is visible. One cast member served time for selling cocaine and argues that drugs should be legalized.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Southern Charm contains all the over-the-top behaviors one comes to expect from Bravo reality shows, including lots of drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails, beer), arguing, strong sexual references, and salty language (with stronger curses bleeped). It also contains some disturbing messages about women, drug use, and the consequences -- or lack thereof -- of irresponsible behavior. Older teens may be drawn to the show, but it's really not meant for kids.
Is It Any Good?
Southern Charm offers a unique look into the world of a handful of Charleston's elite, many of whom are descendants of old and aristocratic Southern families. But much of the show centers on the female cast members' struggle with the men's ungentlemanly behavior, thanks to their endless drinking, womanizing, and refusal to settle down. Meanwhile, some of their efforts to build (or rebuild) their careers are overshadowed by their constant conversations about women as exchangeable goods and, in some cases, not-so-subtle reminders of their independent wealth thanks to old family money.
Some viewers may enjoy this sort of voyeurism. However, the behavior exhibited here goes beyond that of charming cads and scoundrels and instead presents a group of people who put cash, status, and self-indulgence ahead of anything else. Worse are statements made by Thomas Ravenel, who claims to want to continue his political career while openly dismissing concerns about his over-the-top behavior. In the end, it's a show that may be entertaining to some, but the messages are rather disheartening.
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