Pranked

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Online "joke" videos are often painful, mean-spirited.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The pranks are intended to be funny ... but the humor is always at someone else's expense. Some seem mean and/or cause pain.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The pranksters are not people you'd want your kids to emulate. Their delight in finding humor at others' expense can often feel troubling.

Violence

Pranks include tying people's legs and forcing them to fall on hard surfaces, tipping people over in their beds, and causing people to bang into hard objects. People are shown screaming in pain and/or begging the prankster to stop.

Sex

Some pranks include “flashing” people. Nudity (buttocks and genitals) is blurred. Some female victims are in skin-revealing bikinis; bare-chested men are also visible.

Language

Lots of strong language. Words like “hell” and “stupid” are audible, while curse words like “f--k,” “asshole," “bitch,” and “s--t” are all bleeped. Most of the profanity is uttered by victims who are angry or in pain.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some videos show alcohol consumption. Some pranksters seem intoxicated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series features popular online videos of people playing pranks on their friends and family. Most of the stunts are silly, and some are actually painful. There's lots of strong language (the choicest terms are bleeped), usually uttered by the folks who've been pranked. Victims sometimes scream out in pain and beg for the pranksters to stop. Nudity is blurred. If you let your teens watch, make sure they know that many of these stunts can cause injury and should not be copied.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague December 18, 2009

Pranked

I was impressed with MTV when I first watched this show. Mostly because 90% of what airs on MTV is complete trash, but this show is actually funny.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 September 23, 2009

Mean-spirited show

These videos are mostly cruel and half-funny, only Amir and the other comedian it sort of humurous.
Teen, 15 years old Written byzombiekiller94 August 9, 2010

Perfect for older kids

I some times don't like shows on MTV, but I do like this one. i think it's for kids 13 and up

What's the story?

PRANKED highlights some of the Internet’s most popular amateur online practical joke videos. Viewers watch as unsuspecting people are thrown into pools, chased away by fart spray, or flashed by naked college students. Watching the victims’ reactions, which range from laughter to screaming in fear, pain, or anger, is also part of the "fun." Particularly dramatic moments are often replayed in slow motion while the show’s hosts, The CollegeHumor Show’s Amir Blumenfeld and Skeeter Seidel, offer witty banter.

Is it any good?

Pranked offers little beyond showing off silly, potentially dangerous tricks intended to provoke a reaction from those being targeted. While some of the pranks seem to be done in the spirit of fun, others just seem plain mean. Worse, some of the victims actually get hurt.

Some kids may like watching stunts that seem to reflect the craziness of college life. But overall, most of the pranks featured here are pretty immature, and teens are much better off finding something else to do.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of online videos. Why do people post them? Is it to get attention? Become famous?

  • What is the difference between playing a harmless trick on someone and being mean? When does a practical joke go too far?

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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