PrankStars

 
Disney celebs surprise fans in funny hidden-camera show.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Disney stars like Selena Gomez and host Mitchel Musso get plenty of recognition.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

What's the story?

In PRANKSTARS, Disney celebs like Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan surprise some of their biggest fans after enlisting the help of the subjects' families and the show's host, Mitchel Musso. Each episode features three set-ups, each one pairing an unsuspecting tween or teen victim with his or her favorite star in an off-the-wall scenario. Musso dictates the actors' moves from a hidden room where he and the subjects' family members watch the victim squirm as the events unfold ... until the big reveal that brings the fans face-to-face with their TV favorites on real terms.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being sensitive to others' feelings. How does it feel to be put in an uncomfortable situation? Do you like being the center of attention? How do you know when a joke has been taken too far?

  • Do you think the subjects would feel differently about what they were subjected to if it didn't involve a celebrity? How would you feel if your family volunteered you for something like this? Would you have gone along with what the celeb asked?

  • Who are some of your favorite celebrities? Would you consider them role models? Why or why not? What do you know about their off-screen behavior? Does the media cast them in a positive or negative light?

TV details

Cast:Debby Ryan, Mitchel Musso, Selena Gomez
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-G

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Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2011
age 9+
 

Ehh....

The only good prank on there so far is with Mitchel Musso. The other pranks with Selena and Debby are just confusing and predictable. I couldn't understand the prank with Debby at all, and with Selena, just so predictable. Falls, get talked back at, classic hollywood prank shows.
Educator and Parent Written byPointy-a-parent December 17, 2013
age 10+
 

For skeptical parents, both with positive and negative points

Hi Families, Pointy Here. I have watched this TV show and there really isn't anything wrong with it. 1) It's not a real TV show, more like a realty show or a game show. Disney stars pose a normal people or are disguised while they interact with their biggest fan. Hints the name Prank star. 2) The only thing you might want to watch out for is what the star (celebrity) stands for. 3) Some positive reasons why to watch it? Well if your child likes a certain Disney star this is a way to find out the true person. If you don't like Disney Channel or Disney XD then you might want to watch the episodes before hand and decide if you want your child to take the chance of being influenced by these people, but this G rated show is very safe. I personally don't care for what Disney Channel and Disney XD provide their viewers. Though some of their shows are good. For more Reviews like this one look for my name at the top or bottom of the review for whatever movie, book or TV show you are looking up. ~Pointy
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Kid, 12 years old February 13, 2013
age 18+
 

Oh no they cant prank them it's not nice!

There is a lot of sex. Also pranking is mean and not funny.

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