Walk the Prank

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Hybrid comedy is funny, but at prank victims' expense.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 38 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational value

The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

As with any prank show, this one makes sport of unsuspecting victims' fearful, yet hilarious, reactions to uncomfortable and/or scary setups. Often viewers aren't privy to the targets' responses when the hoaxes come to light, leaving them hanging about whether it was met with mutual humor or not. What stands out in this series, though, is the kids' obvious joy in putting one over on people, the fact that they never seem concerned with the distress it causes them, and the fact that Bailey in particular talks about using pranks for revenge on a peer or two.  

Positive role models & representations

Bailey, Chance, and Dusty are good friends who share a passion for conceiving pranks, but they're condescending toward Herman and use him for grunt work a lot of the time. When victims' reactions to the pranks are shown, they're generally good sports about the experiences.

Violence & scariness

All the pranks involve scares of some sort or another, whether it's a giant bear crashing through a wall or something more subversive, such as the victim being led to believe he's ruined a roomful of kids' science projects. Some pranks suggest the presence of the supernatural (objects move in the room, tricky lighting, and some good makeup make a girl look ghostly) or involve scary scenarios, such as huge bugs crawling on a person's head.

Sexy stuff
Language

Occasionally "butt."

Consumerism

The characters often talk about their videos getting online views on their channel, which is on YouTube.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Walk the Prank is a scripted comedy series that shows tweens pulling pranks on unsuspecting people and posting the videos on their online channel. There's a fictional story written around these pranks, and it has the same problem other hidden-camera shows have, namely being a forum for having fun at an unsuspecting victim's expense. Many of the jokes involve real scares (costumed people jump out and frighten them, or they set up hauntings and the like) and show the targets running away and screaming in fear; not all of them let viewers see how the people react to the big reveal of the hoaxes. While the jokes themselves are funny, it's also somewhat concerning that the tweens seem to revel in the experience and take real joy in putting people through them.

User Reviews

Adult Written bySnowGreen July 9, 2016

Bad Acting

Boring with annoying actors.
Parent of a 10 year old Written byLGfromVA July 21, 2016

Inappropriate -- Humiliating Others is Not a Value

Disclaimer: I had to select an age group to proceed. I would have selected "Not appropriate for any age" if it were an option. This show is just in... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMikeRotch May 14, 2016

1⭐️

kids that are trying too hard acting like and looking like teenagers before pranks. Plus some pranks seems like it is scripted
Teen, 13 years old Written byDogOfAnnoyance May 2, 2016

Not good

This show is stupid and fake.

What's the story?

In WALK THE PRANK, four tweens design practical jokes for their online hidden-camera show. Friends Chance (Cody Veith), Bailey (Jillian Shea Spaeder), and Dusty (Brandon Severs), along with Chance's younger brother, Herman (Bryce Gheisar), design large-scale pranks, such as a haunted house and a disobedient life-size robot, with the help of Dusty's Uncle Will (Tobie Windham) and props from his joke shop. After capturing the victims' reactions to their work, they post the videos online for their fans' entertainment.

Is it any good?

Part reality series and part scripted comedy, this unique show doesn't really succeed at either format, and the jokester tweens come across as more annoying than anything else. They use their experiences in their "real-world" lives at school and at home to inspire the pranks they pull, but their victims are strangers to them and have no reason to suspect that what they're walking into could send them scurrying out of the room in fear. For the tweens, though, the primary concern is always how well the videos play online and how many views they get.

As pranks themselves go, these are pretty elaborate and expertly executed, and the kids are impressive actors in their accompanying roles. Walk the Prank will make you chuckle, but always at the expense of someone else, and that's the rub. Should another person's misfortune be considered entertainment? It raises plenty of issues you can (and should) discuss with your kids if they watch, particularly related to the characters' use of the Internet to further their notoriety through these practical-joke videos.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pranks and their effects. Are jokes like these always harmless, or are there times they're not appropriate? Kids: Do you like being the center of attention when it involves discomfort, such as these targets' experiences?

  • Can you relate to the characters' love of pulling these practical jokes? In your opinion, is this a worthwhile hobby? How could this kind of behavior get people into trouble in the real world?

  • Kids: Do you watch videos on sites such as YouTube? How has the Internet changed how we assign celebrity status? Is it easier to become famous now that information is so attainable through the Internet? Is this a good thing or a bad thing, and why?

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