Parents' Guide to

Scare Tactics

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Chilling practical jokes are too mean-spirited.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 15+

Season 4 Episode 4 - shows bare breasts

I just wanted to warn other parents that this episode shows a woman strapped to a table with no top on and in her underwear.
age 10+

Scare Tactics

The show has some suggestive themes, but overall there’s nothing your kids don’t already know.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The producers do a commendable job of setting the scene and selling it to the victims. Despite the fact that these monsters-in-the-dark seem straight out of the late-late-show's central casting department, the people are usually completely fooled. They tremble, their voices crack, and they're visibly relieved when someone finally tells them they're actually part of a TV show.

But is that good television? Comedian Tracy Morgan, who hosts the show, seems to take great delight in fooling people, as do the victim's friends, who are in on the act. But the people being deceived certainly aren't having fun -- not when they honestly believe they're in danger. And it's hard to say whether it's that much more enjoyable for them after the big reveal. Like many reality shows, Scare Tactics tries to transform pain and discomfort into entertainment for viewers; whether you find it entertaining or not, chances are you'll be glad you aren't on the show yourself.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 28, 2003
  • Cast: Tracy Morgan
  • Network: Syfy
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: December 8, 2022

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