A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Fans get "played" by their favorite celebs. There's a good deal of lying and scheming to get the pranks to work, but the show isn't intended to be mean spirited. The host claims that the show is about acting "retarded." The cast is primarily African American; occasional secondary characters are Caucasian. Subtle references are occasionally made about differences in race.
Violence & Scariness
Frustrated fans occasionally make references to hurting someone. One fan states that he wanted to "cut a person out."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo. Sexy dancing is occasionally shown. One episode features partially dressed gay men at a party (but no nudity is shown).
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Audible language includes words like "ass," "damn," and "pissed." Stronger choices -- like "f--k" and "s--t" -- are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible drinking (champagne, mixed drinks). Occasional mild references to people being high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this practical joke show -- which features celebrities playing pranks on unsuspecting fans -- isn't particularly mean spirited, there's still plenty of scheming and behind-the-scenes laughter at the fans' expense. You an also expect some sexual innuendo, drinking (wine, champagne), mild drug references, and lots of strong language (plenty is audible, but words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped).
Is It Any Good?
Despite the behind-the-scenes laughter from those in on the day's pranks, Played by Fame doesn't come across as particularly mean spirited. In fact, while much of the show's humor comes from the unsuspecting fans' reactions, plenty of laughs also come from the performances of the various celebrities -- who must find ways to keep the pretense going all day.
But not all of the show's funny moments are appropriate for young viewers. Some of the jokes rely on strong sexual innuendo, while others incorporate drinking and drug references to make them believable. Meanwhile, both the celebrities and their fans use lots of strong language. But teens mature enough to handle the content who like prank shows will probably enjoy it.
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