Candid Camera

Common Sense Media says

Modern take on classic hidden-camera show is mostly mild.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's a hidden camera show full of lots of practical jokes, but it's all in good fun. 

Positive role models

The pranks may make people feel awkward or uncomfortable, but they're not designed to be offensive. Some victims find them funnier than others, but most are good sports. 


People occasionally get annoyed or frustrated, but this usually results in people walking away, not getting violent. 

Not applicable

Words such as "crap" are audible; curses are bleeped. 


iPhones are occasionally visible but not in a promotional context. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

People are shown inhaling what they think is legalized marijuana, but it isn't. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Candid Camera is a modern-day version of the classic hidden-camera show. It features lots of practical jokes, but they're not mean-spirited. There's some occasional strong language that's mostly bleeped, and there are some references to legalized marijuana, but it's never shown.

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What's the story?

The all-new CANDID CAMERA, a modern rendition of the classic hit, is a hidden-camera show that gives audiences a chance to see people's reactions when confronted with the wacky, crazy, or just plain weird. Hosted by Peter Funt, one of the classic series' original hosts, and The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik, it features a variety of staged pranks conducted on unsuspecting people. Running gags include having someone dunk his morning donuts into a stranger's coffee and gluing ID stickers on fresh apples after a patron buys them at a farmer's market. Guests such as Carnie Wilson and Megan Hilty add to the fray. If the victims actually stay until the joke has gone far enough, they're told they've now part of the iconic show.

Is it any good?


The updated show offers the same classic humor thanks to some well-timed practical jokes and well-hidden cameras. The folks who are in on the jokes do a great job, too. But what makes the show entertaining is the way it captures the reactions of the people who are unknowingly participating in the running gags.  

Though some of the hijinks may push the envelope a bit (such as convincing people that they're inhaling pot when it's really water), the overall show is pretty family-friendly. Similar to the original, it's hard to watch this without occasionally chuckling. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about practical jokes. They're meant to be funny, but when does a prank go too far? Do you think any of the running gags featured here crosses the line? Should stereotypes or potentially offensive or dangerous behavior ever be part of a practical joke?

  • What would your reaction be if you found out you were on a hidden-camera show? Would you find it funny? 

TV details

Cast:Mayim Bialik, Peter Funt
Network:TV Land
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written bymikem1 September 17, 2014

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This show is lame, who comes up with these pranks?


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