Prank My Mom!

Common Sense Media says

Prankster show has some drinking, mature themes, and heart.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Jokes are played as a way of showing affection as well as to get a laugh.

Positive role models

Adult kids trick their moms, but they are not mean-spirited, and are mainly played out of love. Moms and kids are from all walks of life.


Occasionally pranks lead to pushing and shoving (as part of the act), and sometimes moms spank their adult kids out of frustration before they find out that it is a joke. Moms sometimes swat their kids after the gig is up.


Occasional references to looking sexy and some sexual innuendo, including references to having nice "booty." Sometimes pranks include stripping, but no visible nudity, and body parts are digitally covered with the show logo.


Words like "damn" are audible; curses like "f--k" are bleeped with mouths covered.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

At least one prank takes place at a liquor store, where hard liquor is visible. Moms are sometimes shown drinking (wine) at restaurants. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Prank My Mom! features adult kids playing elaborate, but not mean-spirited pranks on their moms. The over-the-top scenarios sometimes lead to angry, frustrating, and/or embarrassing moments for the moms. Staged scenarios sometimes include adults taking off their pants, illegally buying alcohol, and other mature themes. Words like "damn" are heard, but stronger vocab ("s--t," "f--k") is bleeped with mouths covered.

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What's the story?

PRANK MY MOM is a reality series starring adult children playing elaborate pranks on their unsuspecting mothers. Hosted by Vivica A. Fox, each episode features a daughter or son who wants to play a successful prank on her/his mom as a way of getting her riled up, paying her back for a previous trick she played on her/him, or simply showing how much s/he loves her. Hidden cameras follow as the pranksters, with the help of actors, find themselves in some odd, embarrassing, and over-the-top situations. Meanwhile, the selfless moms unknowingly do everything they can to help their kids, even if it means sacrificing some of their their dignity in the process. When the truth behind the lunacy is revealed to the moms, they are presented with flowers, hugs, and laughs.

Is it any good?


Like most shows of this type, the laughs generally come from the reactions the people who are being pranked rather than the zaniness that is created to fool them. But in this case, a lot of the humor stems from the fact that the mothers are anxiously trying to support their kids unconditionally by doing some crazy things, and/or the moments when they lose their tempers and begin disciplining their adult kids for what they are pretending to do wrong.

Granted, pranking a parent may not always send the best of messages. But most of the kids here are actually paying homage to their mothers by going out of their way to fool them. While some of the jokes deal with adult themes, none of them go too far, either. Overall, viewers mature enough to understand the love behind the prank will definitely find themselves laughing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what a harmless prank is. Why do people play practical jokes on one another? When does the joking go too far?

  • What makes people agree to be on a show like this?

TV details

Cast:Vivica A. Fox
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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