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?
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
    • Bubbles in the Ricki Lake season.

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