Rank the Prank

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Kid prank competition delivers special effects and laughs.

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Positive Messages

Pranks can be creative and spectacular without being mean. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pranksters and their targets are from all walks of life.  

Violence & Scariness

Things pop, explode, fly across the room. These events are performed and controlled by experts. 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rank the Prank is a family-friendly show where kids compete to create and carry out the best hidden-camera prank. The tricks are fun and create lots of laughable moments, but they aren't cruel or meant to cause harm. There are lots of practical and special effects that help make the pranks look realistic, but these are created and controlled by experts, and should never be tried at home. 

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What's the story?

RANK THE PRANK is a British-Canadian series that lets young people play some advanced pranks on the unsuspecting. Two teams, each consisting of two tween tricksters, each devise a prank that they will play on an unsuspecting public. With the help of Effectors (digital and front-stage special effects experts), they combine their acting skills with digital effects, explosions, and other elements to stage a hidden-camera prank. A team of kids, or "ranksters," determine which one is the best. The winning team gets to stage a "mega prank" on an unsuspecting friend or family member. 

Is it any good?

This fun series features young people developing and performing pranks with some high-tech help. Much of the entertainment comes from watching targets get confused, surprised, or alarmed by the staged events. But the series also shows how to take an idea from concept to execution, and how creative you can be. 

Rank the Prank is kid-friendly, and the pranks range from wacky to slightly scary. But while exploding trash cans, collapsing book shelves, and short-circuiting appliances create laughable moments, viewers of all ages should be reminded that they are potentially dangerous and shouldn't be tried at home. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about staging pranks. Has someone ever pranked you? What did it feel like after you discovered it was a joke? Are there people you like to play tricks on? 

  • If you had a chance to be on Rank the Prank, who would you want to play a joke on? Why? What kinds of special effects would you want to use? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 3, 2016
  • Network: Nickelodeon
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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