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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show endorses (and more than likely encourages) prank phone calls, the more irritating the better. Suggests that it's fine to make fun of/take advantage of others in the name of humor.
Positive Role Models
The Fonejacker's calls range from annoying to insulting. He sometimes impersonates various ethnic groups and may come across as borderline racist. Young viewers may find this entertaining, but it's certainly not behavior worth imitating.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few suggestive comments.
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The victims of the Fonejacker's prank phone calls sometimes get pretty angry, though "what the hell" is about as strong as it gets without bleeping.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some references to drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this nean-spirited British series revolves around behavior that most parents wouldn't want their teens imitating. It uses actual recordings of prank calls to unsuspecting victims, with animated footage recreating them. Not surprisingly, the reactions of the people who pick up the phone vary from confused to annoyed to irate, and they sometimes swear, though particularly strong language is bleeped. The mysterious Fonejacker often places calls in character as people from various ethnic groups, and some of the shtick can seem borderline racist.
Is It Any Good?
The victims' emotions are real, and it's hard to make comedy out of anger. Sure, teenage boys may find it hysterical -- in fact, they'll probably want to try a few Fonejacker-style calls themselves -- but that doesn't mean that the show is funny. It mines stereotypes, accents, and broad ethnic humor for its laughs and veers into territory that some people might consider racist.
All of this is an attempt to goad people into reacting with anger, hostility, confusion, or a few choice words. It's mean-spirited, crass, and juvenile, but it's not very funny.
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