Freak Out

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Silly but sometimes scary prank show with fake violence.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Payback is justified and funny. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some prank for fun, others seek retribution.


Lots of screaming; fake blood, accidents, deaths, and so on. 


"Hell"; stronger curses bleeped, mouths blurred. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Freak Out is a hidden-camera show starring victims of elaborate, scary practical jokes -- and the folks using these pranks to get back at people for specific reasons. There are lots of fake accidents, chases, and so on and lots of screaming out of fear. Words such as "hell" are audible (curses bleeped, mouths blurred). It's a little much for younger viewers, and many of these pranks should not be tried at home. But teens who like this sort of thing will probably have a good laugh. 

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Kid, 8 years old June 8, 2015

Funny, but mean, mature show is violent, and bloody.

My rating:R for brief strong bloody violence.

What's the story?

FREAK OUT is a hidden-camera show featuring folks playing over-the-top pranks on friends and family members. From surrounding a germaphobic guy with people with flesh-eating rashes to having someone chased by an angry gorilla that allegedly escaped from the zoo, actors, makeup, and special effects help create an elaborate setup designed to scare, and in many cases, teach victims a lesson they won't soon forget.  

Is it any good?

From getting back at a roommate who put a boa constrictor in someone's bed to teaching a lesson to a friend to whom someone else has given one too many free rides, the pranks featured here are well-planned, highly involved scenarios in which victims come face to face with their worst fears. Authentic actor portrayals only add to the craziness of each situation. 

Many of the pranks are designed to pay back or punish people for past deeds, rather than simply creating some hijinks for laughs. Some of the gags go beyond being funny to being just plain absurd. But there are some funny moments, and you might find yourself chuckling from time to time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about practical jokes. When does a prank go from being funny to going too far? Is playing a practical joke to get back at someone a good thing?

  • Have you ever played a joke on someone? Why? Have you ever been the victim of a prank? Was it funny? Scary? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 21, 2014
  • Network: Freeform
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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