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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The pranks feature lots of made-up stories, but overall the series is designed to scare people for laughs.
Positive Role Models
Host Matarazzo and the actors have a good laugh after it's over. Most of the victims are good sports about it after the shock wears off.
Violence & Scariness
Pranks range from spooks by Bigfoot-like beings to murderers, surgeries gone wrong, and other bloody events. Conversations include references to dead people, including children. Lots of screaming as a result.
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Cursing ("s--t," "f--k") is sometimes audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some pranks feature actors pretending to be nurses and medicating people. References are made to drugs like morphine and fentanyl.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prank Encounters is a hidden-camera series hosted by Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo that features people being terrorized during well-orchestrated pranks. There's lots of violent (albeit fictitious) events, ranging from attacks from monster-type beings to people being murdered or found dead. Blood and gore is often visible, and there's a discussion about the death of a child. When people get pranked, they often respond with lots of screaming and strong cursing including "s--t" and "f--k." Some gags include the simulated administration of narcotics. There's definitely a conversation to be had between parents and kids about pranks in general, and when they can go too far.
Is It Any Good?
This fun but uneven comedy series gets its laughs by showing how unsuspecting people react to the weird, outlandish, and downright freaky events they are made to face while doing what they believe is their job. The gags are well developed, but a few unfold a bit slowly, and others seem more goofy than scary. While some of the victims of these hijinks seem truly overwhelmed by what is happening, others don't appear as convinced. Nonetheless, Prank Encounters has its share of funny moments and is amusing enough to keep prank lovers entertained. There's definitely a conversation to be had with kids about pranks in general, and when they can go too far.
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