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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Payback is justified and funny.
Positive Role Models
Some prank for fun, others seek retribution.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of screaming; fake blood, accidents, deaths, and so on.
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"Hell"; stronger curses bleeped, mouths blurred.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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