Impractical Jokers is a hidden camera-practical joke reality series of America that was debuted on TruTV on December 15, 2011. The producer of the series is North South Productions. The artists of the series are James "Murr" Murray, Joseph "Joe" Gatto, Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano and Brian "Q" Quinn. In the reality show, the four members, known as the Tenderlions compel each another into doing public pranks. Other side of the plot lays a hidden camera which films the pranks. The show is different from other TV prank series. The actors of the series Impractical Jokers are unaware of the details of the prank until the moment they are playing the prank of strangers. The pranks are performed to the strangers as challenges. If they fail in fulfil the dare, they become the loser. At the end of the episode, the actors who failed the maximum number of times have to go through a punishment. The punishments are created by the actor who wins. The punishments are worse that the challenges. The series is renewed for a sixth season. The announcement of the sixth season was made on July 22, 2016. The four high school friends from Staten Island, Joseph "Joe" Gatto, James "Murr" Murray, Brian "Q" Quinn and Salvatore "Sal" Vulcano formed the live comedy troupe, The Tenderloins in the year 1999. After a successful and long history the group went into TV. In the year 2008, the Tenderlions filmed an episode for a scripted sitcom for the Spike TV. However, the show was not converted to series. The series of Impractical Jokers was announced by TruTV. It was initially slated to be called as Mission Uncomfortable. The initial name was suggested on April 12, 2011, eight months before the debut of the show. Murray gave an explanation as how the hidden camera format works well on the basis of the jokesters 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.”
Before every prank challenge is given to the artists, the actors explain where they are, about the challenge, and the results if the actor fail. The artist has an ear piece where he receives instructions from the fellow articles and has to perform as peer the instructions. The hidden camera is placed in another location which captures all the actions. The location of the prank is the public area in New York City such as a store or a city park. If the joker fails to complete their task, they get a Thumbs-Down. The jokers having the most thumbs down get the punishment at the end. The punishments are usually embarrassing. The artists cannot refuse the punishments. The guest appearances of the show were Imagine Dragons (Season 2, Episode 23), Tommy Dreamer (Season 3, Episode 23), Howie Mandel (Season 4, Episode 21), Joey Fatone (Season 3, Episode 6), Rosie O'Donnell (Season 2, Episode 22), Danica McKellar (Season 4, Episode 6), Ulambayaryn Byambajav (Season 4, Episode 11), James Buckley (Impractical Jokers: British Invasion), and Soren Thompson (Season 4, Episode 2).The series Impractical Jokers has received many reviews by the critics. Linda Stasi of the New York Post said that she found the show "possibly the 'Funniest, most ridiculous show I’ve seen in years.” Earlier the comparision of the show was made to other prank shows such as Candid Camera and Jackass. The show attracted praises for the funny and unique twists. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said 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 has further written that the occasional integrity of the cast member’s kpt the four artists a little bit lovable. Dean Robbins of The Daily Page said that"the friends are jovial rather than Jackass-obnoxious, even rejecting some dares as too offensive.”
The series garnered around 1.5 million viewers during its premiere in December 15, 2011. Variety's Brian Lowry didn’t give a positive review about the series. He said that "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." A UK version of Impractical Jokers was aired in the year 2012 during winters on the channel BBC Three. It stars comedians Joel Dommett, Paul McCaffrey, Roisin Conaty and Marek Larwood. The first series comprised of six episodes. The show was aired from November 15 - December 20. The second series comprised of six episodes. It was aired from February 24 - April 2, 2014. The producer of the series was Yalli Productions. A Dutch version of the show was broadcast on Veronica in the year 2013. It was termed as "De Fukkers". In the year 2015 a new version of the series started at RTL 5. It’s name was "Foute Vrienden". It was like the Flemish version. A French-Canadian version of the series was broadcast on V in0 February 24, 2014. The title of the series was "Les Jokers".The Swedish version of the show was broadcast on TV6 in April 2014. The title of the show was "Radiostyrd". A Spanish version was broadcast on Neox in the year 2014. The title was "Sinvergüenzas". The Egyptian version was launched on social media on June 18, 2014. The title of the show was "Al .Mohayesoon"