In 2011, Impractical Jokers stormed onto the entertainment scene, gaining a large following for its hidden-camera reality television series—one that still continues as of 2023. The format for the show is simple: four friends challenge one another to complete generally socially embarrassing tasks (usually in front of onlookers unaware that it’s part of a show), and if anyone is too nervous to follow through, they lose.
Imagine the YouTube channel Family Friendly as an even cruder form of Impractical Jokers.
The premise is the same: Four friends, made up of members “Bazerk,” “Melt,” “Sizl” and “Swift” compete in challenges that require them to be put in awkward situations. But while Impractical Jokers wasn’t always crude, Family Friendly is. Nearly every challenge contains an offensive or sexual challenge for the group to complete—from defending a disrespectful opinion to attempting to get online women to take their shirts off.
Suffice it to say, this is not the family friendly content you were looking for.
Many of Family Friendly’s videos contain sexual elements or references. In a number of challenges, the guys attempt to get women online to show off their breasts. They also frequently reference sex and masturbation. We also see a couple censored sex toys. In a couple videos, they scroll through Tinder dating profiles that contain women in swimsuits. In a challenge to defend unpopular topics, some of them must defend incest. Men show off the underwear they are wearing.
The group hosts “offensive Zoom classes,” in which they talk about various inappropriate or crude topics. Racist and sexist comments are made. One of Family Friendly’s members leads an exercise class that contains a “workout” meant to look like someone hitting his or her partner. We hear frequent uncensored swearing, including the c-word, f-word and s-word.
For parents hoping to find something online for their child to watch that doesn’t have content issues, they may rush to Google and type in something like “family friendly YouTube channels.” And were they not looking too hard, they may come across Family Friendly—a channel obviously named ironically.
So, don’t be fooled by the name. There’s nothing on this channel that’s friendly for your family.
Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”