A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
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
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.
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Products & Purchases
The characters often talk about their videos getting online views on their channel, which is on YouTube.
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.
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.
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