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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Flash mobs reveal emotional secrets in gimmicky show.

TV Fox Reality TV 2011
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Aren't flash mobs old news? Fox's late arrival to the flash mob party on Mobbed smacks of gimmickry and is past-its-sell-by-date. Even the show's premise is a bit of a head-scratcher: People who come on the show want to reveal a secret to someone, and they choose to do it in front of a national audience, in the form of a flash mob, for ... what reason, now? It's hard not to come to the conclusion that the show's flash mob aspect is just stuck in there because watching contestants call up their loved ones to reveal their secrets wouldn't be as telegenic.

Plus, Mobbed's element of surprise basically reduces the show to an elaborate set-up for a hidden camera prank. So watching Mandel's crew recruit and train the flash mob is about as interesting as it would be to see a behind-the-scenes version of Candid Camera, i.e., not very. What is interesting is watching participants struggle with their intense emotions, and viewers may find themselves tearing up during the reveal segments. But the 40 minutes of prep leading up to those heavy emotional moments are a bit of a snore, and a gimmicky snore at that.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 31, 2011
  • Cast: Howie Mandel
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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