Celebrities Undercover

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Light celeb-undercover prank show with some language.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It's a prank show, but it's designed to highlight the loyalty of celebrity fans. Celebrity and honesty are major themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some fans are very loyal to their favorite celebrities; others are not. 

Violence

Occasionally manufactured arguments and altercations break out among the disguised celebrity, security, fans, and others. Celebs often talk about wanting to react violently to people's comments (but they don't). 

Sex

Pranks include some mild sexual innuendo, including references to celebs secretly "hooking up" with folks.

Language

Words such as "pissed," "ass, "bitch," and "douche" are audible; curses such as "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. 

Consumerism

Wendy Williams' book, shows in which celebs star, and albums stars have produced are briefly shown or discussed. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne bottles and other alcoholic beverages are visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Celebrities Undercover is a lighthearted reality show featuring celebs playing pranks on unsuspecting fans to test their loyalty. It contains some strong language ("bitch," "ass," "piss"; curses are bleeped), some sexual innuendo, and occasional fake confrontations as well as references to being violent. Alcohol is occasionally visible. Pranks usually encourage fans to steal from celebs and engage in other inappropriate behavior. Occasionally celebrity books, music albums, and other celebrity-created items are briefly shown. 

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What's the story?

CELEBRITIES UNDERCOVER is a reality series showing celebs wearing elaborate disguises so they can discover what people really think about them. Make-up artists transform celebrities such as talk show host Wendy Williams, actor and rapper Ice-T, and reality TV stars such as Kim Kardashian to look completely different. Once in full disguise, they infiltrate a group of fans who have been assembled under the pretense of getting a tour, being selected for prizes, or other fictitious scenarios. With the help of actors, they pretend to be quiet, odd, or obnoxious fans and participate in a variety of pranks designed to test their fans' loyalty. After spending some time listening to their fans and watching how they react throughout each prank, they reveal themselves. Throughout it all, the celebs offer some of their post-prank reactions.

Is it any good?

Celebrities Undercover, which is produced by Wendy Williams, offers a fun and voyeuristic chance to watch celebrities be flies on the wall and listen to what people really have to say about them. Much of the humor comes from watching celebs react to the actors, who encourage them to do things such as steal personal items, sell information to the paparazzi, and engage in other inappropriate behavior. 

It's fun but at times awkward as celebs, who are used to hearing nothing but good things from their staff and celebrity worshippers, are forced to listen to some of the snarky or downright mean things their supposed fans have to say about them. But luckily there are some loving fans who create some positive moments, too. Overall, if you're looking for a good dose of lighthearted celebrity watching, this show will fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite celebrities. Why do you like them? What would you do if you met them in person? Do you think they act the same way in front of a reality-show camera as they do in real life

  • Is it unethical to pretend to be someone you're not? Under what circumstances is this OK?

TV details

For kids who love celebs and fashion

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