YMMV / Charm School

The Reality Show

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Do you agree with Larissa's mother that Mo'Nique really wasn't that interested in actually helping the girls become better people, and that the whole 'Charm School' thing was just a coat of new paint over a cheap competition reality show? Or do you think Mo'Nique did the best she could considering it was a reality show, and that she genuinely did want to help the girls mature but that some of the girls were just beyond her help?
    • Was Mo'Nique really as horrified and offended as she claimed to be over Brook's slutty behavior, or was she faking it because she's pretending to be the dean of a charm school? Mo spends most of the reunion time with Brook Slut-Shaming her for her wild ways, but then again, this is the same Mo'Nique who gets on stage and tells jokes about tricking her husband into a rimjob or her first time trying anal sex.
    • Were the judges too harsh and unfair for eliminating Heather for playing the victim, considering how her things were stolen, or were they justified in their decision on eliminating her?
  • An Aesop: The entire theme of the show was that a woman should not allow themselves to be objectified and be turned into a joke. Despite there being plenty of levity and lampshade hanging, the show always took itself seriously that it was trying to turn these 'ghetto girls' into proud women.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Flavor of Love did not paint women in a very flattering light, the contestants literally making asses out of themselves on television to be won as a prize for a man who really tended to act as if he had no respect for the opposite gender. This show brought those controversial contestants back so they can be taught to be proper ladies, and learn how to hold themselves up so they can find a man who actually respects them.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Saaphryi drags Leilene out of the bar and speaks her mind about her doing whatever she can to take care of her kids and she's a damn good mother.
    • When Monique finally expels Larissa from Charm School!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Saaphryii wins Charm school and Leilene is graceful about her defeat. It helps considerably that during the final ceremony Leilene is offered a modeling contract with judge Keith Lewis's talent agency, so although she didn't win, she was given an opportunity for employment to support her children.
    • When Shay and Saaphryii finally reconcile, also after Shay is given the opportunity to eliminate one of the remaining girls after they all ganged up on her she can't bear to end one of their dreams, and Mo'Nique tells her she's finally become a grown woman.
  • First Installment Wins: The first season featuring exclusively Flavor of Love contestants tends to be considered the 'best', or at least the season the most people actually watched. Future seasons that changed the host and started adding Rock of Love girls were not as popular.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Despite Larissa being immature and throwing insults at Monique due to how classy she was, Larissa turned out to be right years later the show. It's been reported that Monique not only gives her husband a pass to cheat, but she is also acting unclassy by throwing shade at other famous actors and figures.
  • Les Yay: Brooke and Leilene.
  • Moe: Leilene.
  • Narm: Thela crying over the broken can opener was expected to be taken seriously. Even Leiliene points out on how petty it was for Thela to make an ordeal out of something so trivial.
    Thela: It's like I'm being punished!!
  • Never Live It Down: Megan from Rock of Love Charm School will always be remembered for two things; for being that idiot that caused trouble and who even mouthed off to Sharon Osbourne at the Charm School reunion show (and got a pitcher of juice dumped on her head in the process) and for her infamous Megan Wants a Millionaire series where a contestant murdered his wife and then committed suicide.
  • Shocking Elimination: Courtney in the first season. While every girl expelled before her had an overarching flaw that kept them from improving, Courtney was the first to be eliminated for not needing Charm School as much as the others.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The second season only using girls from the less popular Rock of Love series hurt ratings quite a bit.
    • In the third season they decided to use the girls' silly Flavor of Love nicknames instead of their real first names, seemingly missing the entire point that the show was supposed to teach them to act like real woman as opposed to the caricatures that they had been made into.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In the first season after Courtney's elimination Mo'Nique offered her a spot on her comedy tour. However, during the reunion it was revealed that Courtney had made some very rude jokes at Mo'Nique's expense (purportedly about Mo'Nique having fat, flabby arms), and Mo'Nique promptly rescinded her tour offer. After losing that opportunity, Courtney pretty much gave up stand-up comedy altogether.
    • Leilene in the first season (episode 4) for attempting to confront Larissa in a bar about her argument with Monique. First, Leilene should already know how much of a jerkass and short-tempered Larissa is. Second, a public place for partying is not the right setting to speak to someone about certain matters such as debates. This doesn't excuse Larissa's Kick the Dog moment, but Leilene should have known better.
  • The Woobie: Leilene lost her mother when she was young, she's a single mother who's husband left her for another woman, and she's a constant target for bullying and manipulation. She really needs a hug.
    • Bubbles in the Ricki Lake season.
    • Saaphryi in the episode where the girls had to donate their clothes and the people running the drive kept deeming her things worthless, which drove her to have a meltdown. It was later explained by her to Mo'Nique that it all stemmed from when her father died when she was a child and how traumatized she was by both his death and how she came home soon after he passed and found strangers buying her belongings for much less than its original worth. It then becomes heartwarming after Mo and Leilene managed to get her donated boots back to her.