Kid-tested, parent-approved practical jokes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show is centered around playing jokes on other people, but the jokes in question are innocent and harmless.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Some potty talk ("oh, crap," "that sucks") by characters when they learn they're the object of a practical joke.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the kids and teens will sometimes say things like "That sucks!" and "Oh my God!" when they discover they've been duped. But the show's practical jokes are innocent and fun, and the victims' enjoyment of the situation is contagious, allowing viewers to laugh with them.

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What's the story?

HI-JINKS provides a youthful spin on the old favorite TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, putting kids and teens in the hot seat as jokes masterminded by parents are played on them. A typical episode finds the show's hostess posing as a scientist to introduce a 9-year-old boy to a telekinesis helmet. With the help of a props guy and a strong magnet hidden under a table, the unsuspecting victim becomes convinced that he has super powers and can make items move on the table. Another scenario tests the problem-solving skills of a group of girls who are made to believe that a box they moved into a room suddenly has grown too large to fit back through the doorway. It's impossible to resist chuckling as they scratch their heads at the mystery.

Is it any good?


As opposed to MTV's popular show Punk'd, whose pranksters take their jokes to a new level of cruelty, Hi-Jinks uses a selection of simple, everyday tricks to earn its laughs. Simple, innocent tricks provide the show's humor, and it's fun and easy to laugh along with everyone involved. In addition, no prank pushes the limits of the kids' patience, so when the truth comes out, everyone enjoys an honest laugh.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it feels like to be the one in the spotlight while everyone else is laughing. What does it take to be a good sport? How should a person handle being the subject of a joke? Families also can talk about being sensitive to the feelings of others. When is it not OK to get a laugh at someone's expense? How can we know when a joke has been taken too far?

TV details

Cast:Annie Kirby, David Storrs, Priscilla Star
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byschuymarch1 April 9, 2008

Best show...

that was ever on Nick@Nite.
Adult Written bycommon_sense_user_12 April 9, 2008

Nonstop fun...

If you like to laugh, then you'll love this!!!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


my mom and i wore huge fans of the show i miss it


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