Money from Strangers

 
Funny pranks lead to laughs, but some mean behavior, too.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The focus is on the people who play the pranks instead of the victims of the actual trickery. Some of the pranks involve insulting people. The show demonstrates what people will do for money.

Positive role models

Strangers are willing to insult people and lose some dignity for a cash prize. The pranksters and their victims are from all walks of life.

Violence

The people getting pranked sometimes get annoyed or angry while it's happening.

Sex

Impromptu conversations sometimes have references to things being "sexy" or include other mild sexual language.

Language

Words like "bitch" are audible; stronger curses are infrequent and bleeped.

Consumerism

Signs for local establishments are visible but not prominently featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Money from Strangers is a hidden camera series in which random folks play pranks on unsuspecting people in exchange for a cash prize. It's funny, but some of the pranks include calling unsuspecting people rude names (like "bitch") and wasting food and other items that cost businesses money. Victims sometimes react angrily to what's happening to them, even though the show's focus is more on the prankster than on the victim, as in some other hidden-camera shows.

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What's the story?

MONEY FROM STRANGERS is a hidden-camera show in which random folks play pranks on unsuspecting victims for cash. After host Jeff Dye convinces a stranger to participate in his scheme, he hooks them up with a secret ear piece through which he, along with a rotating panel of his comedic friends, can instruct the person to do things while they watch from a hidden-camera feed. Each round of impromptu tricks, which range from being funny to acting completely bizarre, is worth a fixed amount of cash that the stranger will win if he or she completes the prank without laughing or blowing their cover. As the rounds get harder, the amount of cash increases. If the contestant does everything successfully, he or she will win a total of $1,000.

Is it any good?

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From asking strangers for bites of their half-eaten sandwiches to pressing up against the cement walls of a restaurant to "keep the building from falling," this mischievous series shows how far people are willing to go for a cash prize. Most of the humor revolves around how well they're able to pull these tricks off, rather than on the victims' reaction.

It's not mean spirited, but some pranks include calling people rude names or wasting food and other resources that cost businesses real money. Some of the pranks, and the awkward or angry reactions to them, might even make you squirm. But folks mature enough to handle it will probably find themselves chuckling at what they see here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about playing pranks on people. It can be funny, but what are the consequences of this behavior? Is it to make people laugh? To embarrass people? To make a point?

  • When does playing a trick on someone go too far? What kinds of messages do shows like Money from Strangers send to viewers about acceptable ways of tricking people?

  • Why do people agree to play these pranks? Is it just for the money? What would you do and not do for money? Besides money, what do the contestants stand to gain or lose by appearing on this show?

TV details

Cast:Jeff Dye
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written bycutslim May 9, 2012
age 16+
 

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funny as hell
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent Written bySingle Dad's Rule! May 8, 2012
age 12+
 

Funny stuff

I thought it was surprisingly funny. I really liked seeing the comics crack up. Not mean spirited but some offensive language and definitely some destruction.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byCrypticButton May 3, 2012
age 13+
 

A Good Laugh

Most of the pranks in the show are in good nature and not meant to cause harm. The pranks mainly are focused around embarrassing the contestant and not aimed at destroying anything. With that being said there are some moments where the contestants are told to pour items out or waste food and such; but the producers of the show do go back and pay for what ever is consumed or dumped out. This show would be appropriate for the 13+ or those who are mature enough to understand the concept of the show and this behavior is not appropriate in everyday life.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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