Girls Behaving Badly
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Title makes prank show sound worse than it is.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show revolves around playing pranks on unsuspecting victims. The jokes don't cause any real harm, but they're sometimes designed to make fun of a person rather than simple, harmless fun. The women in the cast are from various racial/ethnic backgrounds. Their "victims" are both male and female and from all age ranges.
Violence & Scariness
Some pushing, shoving, and throwing, including hurling a dodge ball at unsuspecting mall shoppers and dodging non-existent bullets. All of these events are part of the pranks and don't cause any real harm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional scenes include kissing and "making out." Other occasional references to sex will go over the head of younger viewers. All references are within the context of the specific prank being played.
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Mostly pretty mild: "Damn," "hell," etc. The rare moments that include strong curse words (from the targets of the pranks) are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional celebrity guests, including Brooke Burke and Cheryl Tiegs. Other brands -- such as "Hooters" -- are sometimes visible, depending on the prank. Fake brands are often featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional drinking in restaurants or other prank settings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hidden-camera series revolves around playing pranks on unsuspecting people. In general, the jokes are carefully orchestrated, don't cause real physical harm, and aren't mean-spirited (unlike the gags over on Punk'd), but some of them push the boundaries of what can be considered "good clean fun."
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What's the Story?
Hidden-camera reality/comedy series GIRLS BEHAVING BADLY follows a group of women who play pranks on unsuspecting people for a good laugh. At the center of the action are trained comediennes Chelsea Handler, Melissa Howard, Shondrella Avery, Kira Soltanovich, and Niki Lennstrom (later seasons also feature Laura Dedona and Tori Meyer-Mullen). Their modern, all-female take on Candid Camera involves staging a series of well-calculated, often-outrageous set of circumstances that lure people into being unsuspecting participants in their practical jokes. Both the cast and the "victims" create some funny moments as they react to each other during the mischief, which includes everything from delaying store check-out lines for seemingly ridiculous reasons to hurling dodge balls at unsuspecting shoppers to getting people to do things that they would otherwise never do in public.
Is It Any Good?
While most of this show's pranks are harmless and in good fun, some are rather silly and verge on mean-spiritedness (taping signs on random people's backs for others to ridicule, for example). And sometimes it's not clear whether some of the targets are ever let in on the joke. But the series' strength is how it creatively and effectively showcases the cast's comedic talent -- they fearlessly draw people into their stunts by acting friendly, seductive, weird, crazy, and, at times, even frightening. Their talent for fooling unsuspecting people into believing that the craziness happening to them is real is what makes the show worth watching.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the difference between harmless pranks and jokes that can potentially have serious consequences. When do pranks cross the line? What's an example of an inappropriate or harmful prank? How does it feel to be the butt of a joke? Families can also talk about what it takes to be a successful comedienne. What challenges do women face when pursuing a career in comedy? Are there things that male comics do that may not seem natural for a female?
- Premiere date: September 21, 2002
- Cast: Chelsea Handler, Melissa Howard, Shondrella Avery
- Network: Oxygen
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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