Criss Angel Mindfreak

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Magic + stunts = explosive entertainment.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Angel is the poster boy for making questionable choices, but he's the only one who suffers physically from the stunts. His apparent ambiguity to the emotions he subjects his family to is a little disconcerting.


There's a lot of self-inflicted pain, but no violence.


Multiple uses of "damn" and "hell," but harsher words are bleeped out.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Spectators on the street, in restaurants, or casinos are often smoking and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that each episode of this series begins with a strong disclaimer for good reason, as the stunts performed could be deadly. Although Angel and his team plan for every possible mishap, the fact that he makes a spectator sport out of self-inflicted pain is disturbing. The show at least attempts to portray the seriousness of the stunts and follows up on any resulting injuries.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydiana r. June 9, 2017

Amazing show!

I think that it was the best show I have ever seen. I was completely mind blown, that's for sure! I do have to say that I think kids 13 and under shouldn... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bycarter0617 January 5, 2011
i love this show there is little bad words like d*m h*ll harsher words are beeped out the only thing i am a afrid of is kids think they came do what he does and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 22, 2011

Awesome Show!!!

This show is awesome! I love Criss Angel and he is a good role model to follow your dreams. I watch his show all the time. He does do deadly stunts, but clearly... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 23, 2011

Fun Show

I love this show. Criss is an awesome role model, to follow your dreams. But he does do a lot of dangerous stunts, most of them could be deadly. Also in the bac... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the world of illusionists, "mindfreak" is defined as "a modern-day mystifier who utilizes skills beyond the category of magic." That definition applies perfectly to Criss Angel, who's driven by a single question: "How much force can a human body withstand without serious injury?" Angel (born Christopher Sarantakos) devises personal challenges based on most people's worst fears. Past stunts include dressing in a metal suit and standing under a Tesla coil to simulate being struck by lightning, holing up in a crate next to explosives to feel what's it's like to be blown up, and lighting himself on fire with little protection just to see if he could do it.

Is it any good?

The fact that Angel is still alive after testing his limits time and time again is remarkable. Luckily for fans of extreme entertainment, he's done all of it in front of a camera. Each stunt requires extensive planning and preparation, and Angel works with a team of professionals to ensure his safety. But all of them, including his family members, are reminded daily that there are no guarantees, and each stunt could be his last. Although kids will love Angel's incredible magic, parents will want to preview the show to make sure the stunts aren't too frightening.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making responsible choices. What repercussions does Angel suffer from some of his stunts? How do his actions affect his family? Why does he continue doing this? Families can also discuss the limits of what should be on TV. Should something this dangerous be shown for entertainment? Does showing it make it seem less dangerous?

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