Code: 9



Kids' high-tech pranks on parents are funny for families.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Nothing educational, per se, but there are some feel-good moments as family members team up to pull off a prank and share a laugh when the joke is revealed.

Positive messages

Unsuspecting victims are subjected to practical jokes that are designed to make them uncomfortable, but they're meant more to elicit laughs than to cause harm. Family members enjoy getting the better of each other, and everyone's a good sport about how it turns out.

Positive role models

Tempers can fly in the midst of the pranks, but all the participants get a good laugh when the truth is revealed.

Violence & scariness

The special-effects experts emphasize safety at all times, so the participants are never in danger from the crashes and explosions rigged as part of the pranks.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Code: 9 is a hidden camera series in which kids get the better of their unsuspecting parents in high-tech practical jokes. The family involvement and the fact that pranks are tailored to the victims' particular hobbies or personalities make them fun for families to watch, and it might start some plotting and scheming on your own kids' part. Expect choreographed explosions, destruction of property, and other carefully planned disasters designed to cause victims distress as they watch the scene unfold. There are plenty of laughs to be had at the subjects' expense, and although the show's creators are careful to keep the mood light and the anxiety to a timely minimum, you can use the concept to talk to your kids about bullying.

What's the story?

In CODE: 9, family members work with host Wes Dening and a movie-caliber special-effects team to pull off outrageous practical jokes at the expense of one of their own. Each episode features a new family of pranksters with an elaborate idea for pulling a gag on one of their parents -- and with the help of stunt experts and a make-up crew that transforms one of the kids into an extra for the event, they try to pull off the ultimate hoax.

Is it any good?


A practical joke is only as good as its victims' sense of humor, so the fact that Code: 9 recruits family members to design and pull stunts on each other ensures a light mood and smiles all around at the joke's end. However rattled or anxious parents are when they're in the hot seat, facing the fact that they've been had by their kids never fails to amuse, and everyone enjoys a laugh in the end. The show is tailored to kids as well, making them the stars as they plot against their parents; yours will get plenty of giggles as they watch the details of the prank unfold from the kids' perspective.

Very young kids won't grasp the humor behind subjecting someone to a potentially upsetting prank, but Code: 9's clean content and family centered humor makes it a fun choice for viewing with almost all ages. If you do tune in with your kids, be sure to use the opportunity to talk to them about the difference between what they're watching and more harmful bullying.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it feels like to bear the brunt of a joke. How do the victims react to the pranks? Do you think they mind being the center of attention once the truth comes out? How would you feel in a similar situation?

  • Kids: How does this kind of attention differ from bullying? Why do some kids bully others? Have you ever seen it happen? How can you respond to it if you do?

  • What are some of your family's favorite things to do together? What are your favorite memories of family fun? Do you ever play tricks on one another?

TV details

Cast:Wes Dening
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Brothers and sisters
TV rating:TV-G

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Parent Written bymom2many July 29, 2012

Fun for the family to watch together!

The show was fun for the family to watch together. It wasn't bullying it was a well scripted practical joke with a parent and adults supervising. The stunt coordinator even showed how the "science" worked and the kids got to see how much work it takes to pull things like this off in a movie or on TV. And, as he said, "safety first."
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Kid, 9 years old July 28, 2012

Code 9?

This is the 3rd prank show Disney shown. Disney might abandon this show. Because they abandoned: Prankstars And SNAP! I am sick. Disney is horrible when it comes to prank shows. The first episisode was ok. But I am sure its not going to last. Disney how dare disney turn off the others and not make an anouncement!!!? They just turn it off. They said its now a "high tec" prank show, but I can't say it wasn't. It was. Hopping they would keep it and wont ditch it and do another one for NO REASON! I can see that prankstars got cancelled because mitchel musso. It's mostly disneys fault for picking him anyway. But whatever. It's the same thing with snap. Disney needs to know how to hire long term people. But this show doesn't have a celebrity guest stars, they just have workers. But so far it's alright. Edit: guess what? They cancelled it!
Kid, 8 years old October 19, 2012


Just like all disney comedy shows, terrible jokes, writers who look at paper while saying their lines, and would put any1 in the universe to sleep if it wasn't for the 100 decibel laugh tracks every couple of nanoseconds!


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