Netflix's new prank show with Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo is getting backlash

17 June 2019, 15:07 | Updated: 18 June 2019, 10:43

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

The Demogorgon don't look so bad now, huh?

If you thought prank shows ended with Ashton Kutcher's iconic Punk'd in 2007, then you're wrong. Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo (who plays Dustin Henderson on the hit series) is bringing back the hidden-camera genre with new Netflix show Prank Encounters, which will launch later this year.

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At just 16-years-old, the teenage actor will host and executive produce the new eight-episode Netflix series, which will target people looking for work.

Gaten Matarazzo attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards.
Gaten Matarazzo attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Picture: Getty

"Each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job," a Netflix press release states. "It's business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares."

There's no word on if the people on the show will be paid, or how exactly they’ve been chosen to take part, but capitalising off of people's misfortune whilst they're trying to better themselves in the job market? Sounds pretty icky...


Although there's no trailer and Prank Encounters is still in its production stage, people have called the premise of the show "cruel".

In response to the backlash, a Netflix spokesperson told PopBuzz: "The pranks in Prank Encounters are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time. All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time."

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