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 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.
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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