|Directed by||Peter Fowkes|
|Starring||Brian "Q" Quinn
James "Murr" Murray
Joseph "Joe" Gatto
Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||53 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Charlie DeBevoise
Simmy Kustanowitz (for truTV)
|Camera setup||Hidden camera|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||NorthSouth Productions|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original run||December 15, 2011– present|
Impractical Jokers is an American hidden camera-practical joke reality television series that premiered on TruTV on December 15, 2011. It follows the four members of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. The show differs from other prank television programs in that the stars of Impractical Jokers do not know the details of the prank until the moment they are performing it on strangers. While one cast-member performs the prank, the other three comedians in the troupe are behind the scenes feeding lines to their friend via microphone (with an earpiece). The lines fed to the prankster are meant to create a humorous and awkward exchange between the prankster and the stranger being pranked.
The show's 28-episode second season premiered on December 13, 2012. truTV announced on July 8, 2013, that the series has been renewed for a 15-episode third season. With the third season renewal, a 6-episode spinoff series was also announced: Jokers After Party. The post-show series will feature Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, James "Murr" Murray, and Brian "Q" Quinn as they look back on their favorite moments from the series.
In 1999, four high school friends from Staten Island, NY formed the live improv comedy troupe, The Tenderloins. After a long and successful history, including winning the $100,000 grand prize in NBC's It’s Your Show competition, the group went into television. In 2008, they filmed a pilot episode for a scripted sitcom for Spike TV, but the show did not go to series. TruTV announced the series Impractical Jokers on April 12, 2011, 8 months before the show's debut. One of the show's stars, James "Murr" Murray, explained how the hidden camera format made sense based on their skills. "We needed to find the right format...thing is, we've been doing this for years, but when it's on camera, the embarrassment is amplified."
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1|
|1||17||December 15, 2011||May 3, 2012||November 26, 2013|
|2||28||September 6, 2012||December 12, 2013||N/A|
|3||15||January 2, 2014||N/A||N/A|
Before every challenge, there is a hidden camera and mic placed on the cast-member performing the prank. The location in which the challenge takes place is usually a public area such as a city park or a boardwalk. Although the criteria of each challenge is the same for each of the four comedians.
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Impractical Jokers has been very well received by some critics, with Linda Stasi of the New York Post calling it "possibly the funniest, most ridiculous show I’ve seen in years."
While it has been compared to earlier hit prank shows such as Candid Camera and Jackass, critics have offered praise for its unique twist on the genre, wherein the stars' reactions to the pranks are often equally as humorous as those of the innocent bystanders. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times stated that "the gag pays off twice: once in the reaction of the unsuspecting passer-by, once in the discomfort of the fellow doing the asking." He later wrote that the cast-members' occasional integrity [kept] these four clowns a little bit lovable." Dean Robbins of The Daily Page echoed this sentiment, stating that "the friends are jovial rather than Jackass-obnoxious, even rejecting some dares as too offensive."
The series has been generally well received, garnering 1.5 million viewers during its December 15, 2011 premiere.
The review of the show by Variety's Brian Lowry was less positive, ending with this statement: "Nobody will ever confuse "Impractical Jokers" with high art, certainly, but as low-brow, micro-cost comedy in the context of TruTV's programming resources, it's actually quite practical—and occasionally funny."
- The second series of the UK version is currently broadcasting on BBC Three. It stars comedians Paul McCaffrey, Joel Dommett, Marek Larwood and Roisin Conaty. The pilot was filmed and placed online as part of "The Comedy Kitchen" in 2012. The first series included six episodes, which aired from 15 November - 20 December 2012. The second series is currently airing, and started 2 March 2014. It is produced by Yalli Productions.
- A Belgian version broadcast on Vlaamse Media Maatschappij in fall 2012, James Murray was spotted in episode 5 of the first season.
- A Brazilian version is currently being broadcast on SBT. The series premiere aired January 7, 2013.
- A Lebanese version broadcast on Al Jadeed in fall 2013.
- A Greek version broadcast on Ant1 in February 2014 with the title "Wanted".
- A French-Canadian version broadcast on V in February 24, 2014 with the title "Les Jokers"
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