Southern Charm

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top reality lacks charm; has sex, language.

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Positive Messages

Contains some disturbing messages about women, drug use, and the consequences -- or lack thereof -- of irresponsible behavior. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cast members try to build careers through iffy behavior while maintaining their exclusionary social status. 


Disagreements and arguments are frequent but more polite than most.


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. 


Words such as "damn," "crap," "piss," "bitch," "pu--y," "slut," "whore," "tramp stamp," and "stabbin' cabin" audible; curses bleeped. 


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.  

What 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. 

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Adult Written byTerry Crippen December 11, 2020


I am sick of all the talk of slavery, racism, white privilege (which doesn't exist and have NEVER owned slaves) all the people talking about slavery have N... Continue reading
Adult Written bycharlestonsc January 11, 2021


Been watching since show started from the beginning. Loved it and the cast. This season with the racism and politics has killed it for me. Do not like the new c... Continue reading

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What's the story?

SOUTHERN CHARM is a reality series featuring some of Charleston's single social elite. It stars former South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who resigned from office and served prison time for cocaine distribution; his friend Whitney Sudler Smith, a filmmaker-turned-restaurateur who lives with his mother; and surfing playboy Shepard "Shep" Rose. Also in the group is Cameron Eubanks, a former Real World cast member hoping to build a real estate career, the rather irresponsible law student Craig Conover, and Jenna King, an aspiring fashion designer who marches to the beat of her own drummer. Amid parties, polo matches, and pick-up lines, the group members show how they live it up within the constraints of the city's tight-knit, posh community.

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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