A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The show's mood is lighthearted and fun, but its humor stems from putting unsuspecting victims in uncomfortable situations.
Positive Role Models
Despite being the brunt of jokes, the subjects are good sports when the truth comes out and usually enjoy some chuckles at their own expense. Some of the pranks call for the stars to act self-absorbed and generally obnoxious, but it's all part of playing the role.
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Disney stars like Selena Gomez and host Mitchel Musso get plenty of recognition.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hidden-camera series is a surefire winner with kids and tweens, who will enjoy seeing their favorite Disney stars pull pranks on some of their biggest fans. The set-ups are outrageous, the stars play their parts perfectly, and the victims are predictably shell-shocked by the experience, so, all in all, it's an entertaining watch. That said, the show does create its comedy by singling out victims and forcing them into awkward and uncomfortable situations, so be sure to follow up by chatting with your kids about how these same actions, if taken too far, could be hurtful.
Is It Any Good?
Disney fans will jump at the chance to see some of their favorite actors in this slightly less-scripted light, and the stars themselves seem to enjoy getting in on the action when it comes to pranking their admirers. From the outside, it seems impossible that the victims would fall for the outlandish set-ups they're forced into (hand-feeding their favorite actors or wearing ridiculous accessories that a star is said to like, for instance), and it does speak to the power of celebrity persuasion, even though it's all in jest within this show.
There's no denying that this mostly harmless show is meant solely to entertain (which it does well), but it's worth noting that the series' humor comes at the expense of the unsuspecting victims, who are put in pretty uncomfortable situations. The fact that they're good sports about it and usually wind up laughing at themselves helps lighten the mood, but don't miss the opportunity to talk to your kids about how it feels to be the brunt of a joke and the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at them.
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