Impractical Jokers

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Hidden-camera prank show has laughs, language, innuendo.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 29 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

It's meant to be funny, but the pranks are designed to create awkward moments. Racial and gender stereotypes are sometimes used.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The comedians are good friends. They try to embarrass each other, but it's all in good fun.


People who get pranked occasionally look annoyed or offended.


Contains crude references to genitalia, such as "dong." Some jokes incorporate strong sexual innuendo, including references to prostitution.


Words such as "hell" are audible; curses such as "f--k" are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, cocktails, and other alcoholic drinks are consumed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Impractical Jokes is a hidden-camera series on which comedians play practical jokes on strangers in public places. Although it's in good fun, and most of the antics are designed to poke fun at the cast, it's not tween-friendly; there's some strong language (including bleeped curses), crude sexual references, and innuendo. There's also some racial and gender stereotyping, as well as drinking (beer and mixed drinks).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJshabazz June 23, 2018

Sal is an unconscious racist!

Situation: On stage pretending to "read" a person. Called people from audience, Sal called a black woman, and proceeded to say, "You have a baby... Continue reading
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byvaibhav g. October 27, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byAussie_Shepherd August 8, 2016

Great, but LANGUAGE

This show is absolutely great, and it provides so many laughs. The only probe I would have with is is that there is A LOT A LOT of language. Is is bleeped out,... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 18, 2016

One of my favorite shows!

This show has nothing too bad for kids. It is highly addicting and so much fun to watch.

What's the story?

IMPRACTICAL JOKERS is an unscripted, hidden-camera show featuring the members of the comedy troupe the Tenderloins, who perform crazy pranks on unsuspecting strangers. Comedians and best friends Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano take turns performing practical jokes in public places. While the rest of gang feeds the designated prankster instructions through a hidden earpiece, he must successfully complete an awkward stunt as often as possible. Hidden cameras let the other guys watch -- and laugh. From trying to hug people in a bowling ally to randomly scooping mashed potatoes onto restaurant patrons' plates, each comedian does his best to follow instructions without dying of humiliation. The cast member who completes the least number of successful pranks must perform one final, embarrassing stunt.

Is it any good?

Impractical Jokers features lots of awkward moments as the comedians engage in weird behavior or repeat lines that range from silly to offensive. But, thanks to the talented and experienced cast's ad libbing and comedic timing, there are some genuinely funny moments. The reactions of unsuspecting people will make you chuckle, too.

Some of the humor can be a bit risqué, but ultimately the antics are designed to challenge the cast rather than poke fun at their victims. Teens and adults who like hidden-camera shows will find something here to like.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about practical jokes. Why do people play pranks? When is playing a prank funny, and when does it go too far? Should playing a joke on someone include humiliating him or her?

  • What makes hidden-camera prank shows entertaining? Is it fun to laugh at the people playing the jokes? Or are we supposed to laugh at their victims? 

  • Should stereotypes ever be used as a way of being funny, even if they're not meant to be taken seriously?

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