‘Southern Charm’ Series Premiere Recap: Grown Men With 'Peter Pan Syndrome' Aren't So Charming

For a polite city, things are getting down and dirty in Charleston, South Carolina. That’s a part of its Southern Charm, I guess.

Bravo is switching it up with a male-dominated cast (refreshing change from all of the Real Housewives) on the series premiere of Southern Charm. It focuses on pure-bred partiers suffering from “PPS -- Peter Pan Syndrome.” Charleston is their Never Neverland, and they refuse to grow up. They basically deliver cheesy pick-up lines, drink all day long, and brag about their bank accounts. Oh, and they talk about how their families go back at least 10 generations and how they pretty much ruled the world.

Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel leads this southern brat pack. He left office amidst a federal cocaine conviction and did six months in jail. As an egomaniac, he thinks he’s a hero because he makes women coffee after a one-night-stand. He’s trying to redeem himself by considering picking a wife (“like a croissant”) to suit his political aspirations. Still, he can’t help himself from telling coke jokes or from skinny dipping after a polo match at his plantation.

Craig Conover is a 20-something who is semi-serious about holding down a job as a law clerk. He gets reprimanded for being late to work and strives to achieve a work-life balance ... not because he has kids, but because he likes to party. He needs the work-life balance, not moms. Silly.

Shepard "Shep" Rose equates himself to a dog that is “annoying, hyper, and doesn’t listen to anybody.” I would have to agree. Scratch the surface and he is nothing but a goofball. He fantasizes about being an old bachelor with a young girlfriend and living a life of leisure.

Whitney Sudler-Smith is frustrated because he still lives with his mommy and she criticizes him when she sees piles of laundry on his bedroom floor (including underwear, makeup, and high heels). While strumming his electric guitar, he waxes philosophical about his need for a “stabbin’ cabin” in town. He tells girls they shouldn’t drink beer so they can mind their carbs. Yup, he was my least favorite character.

Overall, I didn’t like the guys that much. I will say the women in the men's lives were interesting and not as obnoxious.

Cameran Eubanks appeared on the Real World San Diego back in 2004. She’s a pretty guy’s girl who tells it like it is and everyone seems to eat it up. At 30, I think she is feeling the heat that she isn’t married. She just got into real estate and is hoping to find her way.

Jenna King stands out as the one who bucks the southern belle stereotype. She’s an edgy, budding fashion designer hoping to bring a line of gloves (think Michael Jackson "Thriller") mainstream. She has a Miley Cyrus faux hawk and unleashes a wrecking ball on Shep when he tries to hit on her. I instantly liked her.

I loved the glimpse I got of Charleston on Southern Charm. Historical estates with perfectly trimmed hedges, streets lined with horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful beaches galore. There are a lot of pretty people, too. Southern Charm is the type of show I wouldn’t work hard for a second date with but I would give it another go if I had the time (same attitude as the men in the cast ... it’s only fair).

Did you see the series premiere of Southern Charm? What are your thoughts about the cast?


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