Some have had a hard time immersing themselves in the show.

What would you say is the best TV series to emerge this decade?

We’re sure there will be plenty of different answers, but we’d be totally taken by surprise if Stranger Things wasn’t one of the most popular. 

The Duffer Brothers’ exciting and nostalgia-fuelled phenomenon perfectly blends genres, from horror to sci-fi, while offering so many great characters who just get better and better with every season. One of the stand-out’s from the very start has undoubtedly been Dustin, brilliantly portrayed by Gaten Matarazzo. 

At just 17-years-old, the young actor has already cemented his name in the realm of TV royalty, and now he’s returned to screens – and Netflix – with the rather more divisive Prank Encounters.  

Gaten Matarazzo attends Netflix Stranger Things Party at Piscina delle Rose on July 05, 2019 in Rome, Italy.

Prank Encounters on Netflix

The new series stars Gaten as our host and follows the activity of two new temp-workers who are in for a nightmare when their shift is disrupted by a range of obstacles, to monsters and beyond. 

Gaten has a great deal of charisma and charm, making the show in general a delight to watch. 

However, when it comes to the actual pranks at the core of the show, audiences have struggled to invest and believe in them…  

Audiences aren’t impressed!

While it has drawn praise on Twitter, there are many who have accused it of being fake. 

One viewer tweeted: “Hey @netflix what is this Prank Encounters show? Do you really think your audience in 2019 is that stupid? I have never seen a prank show this fake in my life… Perfect shots, perfect camera angles, perfect lighting, c’mon! I was expecting much more out of your company.”

Similarly, another argued: “#PrankEncounters is 100% fake including the ‘victims’ who are also acting (terribly),” while another expressed: “The first episode seemed kinda real and it was funny but then I got to the second and was like nah. It’s so fake.”

One more sceptic added: “I’m sat here watching Prank Encounters and thinking that it all seems so fake. @netflix would you seriously make a fake prank show? If so I’m disappointed!”


Fans come to its defence

It’s not all doom and gloom!

A number of fans have defended it, with one tweeting: “All you saying #PrankEncounters is fake… do you honestly think that Netflix doesn’t plan camera shots/lightening or re-film certain shots to compliment continuity? Sad that all the hard work is wrongly criticised by so many people – open your mind, enjoy the show for what it is.”

Indeed, there is a lot to enjoy about it, with this tweet arguing: “I don’t find myself laughing at many shows lately but #PrankEncounters is legit funny. 10/10.”

You can’t win them all, as they say. 

In other news, Modern Love season 2 is confirmed!