Parents' Guide to


By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sometimes-mean show surprises, embarrasses celebs.

TV BET Reality TV 2003
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The now-classic series is fun, irreverent, and sometimes mean thanks to the large-scale pranks designed to elicit big reactions from the victims. Every installment of the show reveals clever setups requiring a talented team of actors, stunt doubles, and synchronized behind-the-scenes work. The BET version also features some behind-the-scenes discussions with the celebrities' friends and other planning details.

But though it's offered in the spirit of fun, the events are often humiliating. The stars' reactions are of such extreme relief or amusement that watching the surprise is irresistible. But when you get right down to it, it's a show designed to make you forget that it's generating lots of laughs at other people's expense.

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