Parents' Guide to

Mabe in America

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hidden-camera show punishes irritating behavior.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Tom Made

Tom Mabe is fake. Wants followers and supporters for his Bogus Pranks. If you confront him, he will block you. He will throw you under the Bus and Run you over a few times. And he has a Big Knife that he likes to stab you in the back and TWIST a few times. He has done it to he and I called him out, and yes. Block in every way. Do not Support this POS and his halfass comedy. He thinks he is all that and then some. He's the type of person that cares about your DONATIONS. His talk is cheap and if you don't believe me, call him out on something.

Is It Any Good?

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While the practical jokes are generally harmless, some of them are clearly intended to embarrass people in order to make their point. In some cases, the pranks (like posing as an ambulance driver who leaves a patient at a gardening store in order to transport fertilizer to his house) seem so over-the-top that it's hard to believe people actually fall for them. But what motivates these far-fetched moments are relatively thoughtful observations about some of this country's social ironies. Mabe also comments on these issues when he introduces each pre-recorded scenario to his studio audience. And as an extra, he airs some of his trademark stunts that specifically target telemarketers.

Mabe in America will generate laughs, but some of the humor isn't intended for young viewers. Some of the tricks feature iffy behavior like forcing people to strip down to their underwear (under the pretense that they've been contaminated by a radioactive fishing pond) and pretending to steal cars. The animated shorts featured after each commercial break contain some crude humor, and while the language is mild, some of the subject matter is a little strong for tweens. Overall, though, Mabe in America offers some funny moments for those mature enough to understand their underlying messages.

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