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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Courtship is a reality dating show that takes place in a palace in England. A woman is presented with 16 suitors, one of whom she will marry. Expect lots of flirting, competitive behavior, cringey moments, and plenty of kissing. Adults drink wine and champagne. Sexual situations are implied and spoken about. Language includes "damn," "crap," and "hell."
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What's the Story?
In THE COURTSHIP, 16 men arrive at a palace in the English countryside where one woman awaits their attentions. Her goal is to find the man she wants to marry among the suitors. True to the 19-century conceit, the men must meet her family and be invited to court her properly. There are formal dances, sweet words, and shows of skill and bravery. The men who fall out of favor are asked to leave in a carriage. Who will win her heart and take her hand in marriage?
Is It Any Good?
Part Bachelorette, part Downton Abbey, this dating show elevates itself above others when it sticks to its romantic premise. The breathtaking setting is lovingly captured in wide shots of shorn lawns and twinkling fountains. It's a fairy tale setting for a love story.
When they're not formally courting, the suitors do anything for attention, and the lady being courted kisses a lot of them. Grown men cry, make utter fools of themselves, while competing for a stranger's affection -- it's tawdry at its core. But the seductive question-- who will be the Prince Charming? -- will keep teens and adults coming back for more.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about reality dating shows like The Courtship. How does a show like this play with participants' emotions to create drama? Is it fair?
Ms. Rémy's family helps her decide the best suitors in this show. What are the benefits of getting family involved with your love life? What are the downsides?
The men in this show have to persevere in order to survive being cut. What other shows illustrate the character trait of perseverance?
- Premiere date: March 6, 2022
- Network: NBC
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: History
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: March 26, 2022
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