Parents' Guide to

Just Kidding

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

No-frills, kid-staged pranks make for funny family comedy.

TV Disney XD Comedy 2012
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This hidden-camera series makes great work of simple jokes and fresh-faced schemers whose innocent believability is their greatest asset. What passerby is going to turn down a young girl's need for a dog-sitter so she can go to the bathroom? So imagine that victim's surprise when the girl zips off on a friend's moped instead, leaving her pup's leash dangling from the Good Samaritan's hand.

Just Kidding is a laugh-out-loud funny show made all the more enjoyable by its brisk pace and jokes that are appropriate for kids' sense of humor. It doesn't waste time detailing the set-up of the jokes; instead it combines clips of the victims' expressions for maximum giggles. Yes, there are some that employ farting noises and other body-related topics, but let's be honest -- that's par for the course when it comes to what makes kids laugh, so there probably won't be any surprises there. Even though all of the grown-ups are good sports about being put on the spot, be sure to remind your kids that some pranks can be emotionally harmful to others and that it's never a good idea to laugh at someone who's not in on the joke themselves.

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