Parents' Guide to

Walk the Prank

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Hybrid comedy is funny, but at prank victims' expense.

TV Disney XD Comedy 2016
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 42 parent reviews

age 6+
Enjoyable silly show for kids and adults. Unique concept mixing a kids show with a reality show. Pranks are transparent, quick, and narrated throughout. Viewer is never left in the dark, so there are no scares. Many pranks involve costumed actors jumping through walls. Unsuspecting “victims” of the pranks are never strung along and are quickly told they are part of a prank so the viewer isn’t left feeling anxious. The prank reveal moments have some heartwarming appeal. Some funny dialogue with subtle jokes adults will like more than children. Not an educational show by any means and no real messages to be learned. Just for occasional mindless entertainment.
age 13+

Romantic Relationships for 10 year Olds! Thanks Disney.

The subject matter is mostly inappropriate for the target age. The kids in the show look 10 and 11 and I think they even talk about being in the 5th grade with one still in the 4th grade. While the pranks are sometimes funny, the writers continually return to romantic relationships and even normalize sexual attraction between very young kids. It's almost as if some writer without children who was used to writing drivel for a soap opera and then got a job on this show and then took some common themes from crappy romcoms and just added kids. It might be even tolerable if it were only one or two shows but IT IS IN EVERY EPISODE. This type of material normalizes underage romantic relationships. Does anyone at Disney ever check their own shows or is it common policy at Disney to groom children?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (42 ):
Kids say (53 ):

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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