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Who Gets the Last Laugh?

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

It's Punk'd on regular folks, and it's painful to watch.

TV TBS Game Shows 2013
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Who gets the last laugh? Not anyone capable of empathy, even though the sounds-like-a-laughtrack audience seems to ho-ho-ho at the poor people who lose an envelope full of $100,000 cash on their first day in a new assistant job or who park by a portable toilet for 15 minutes and come out to find their car drenched in toilet paper and "human feces" (it was really just yogurt, whew! Wait, hey, the lady's car is still covered in yogurt!). Oh, ha ha, the lady got really upset when you told her the formaldehyde in the toilet liquid has probably damaged her paint job by now!

Punk'd was barely tolerable because at least the people being pranked were celebrities, i.e. people you'd like to see brought down a peg. Watching regular people get pulled over by fake cops or flip out when someone "steals" their car from a car wash isn't funny, it's mean. Candid Camera succeeded by playing harmless and amusing tricks that didn't make anyone cry, Punk'd by targeting celebs, and Jackass by pulling pranks that hurt the idiots doing them, not bystanders. This show is just mean, awkward, and painful, none of which is funny.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 16, 2013
  • Cast: Donald Faison
  • Network: TBS
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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