"Punk'd" (TV show) is a hidden camera prank reality series that aired for nine seasons on MTV before moving to BET for its return in 2015.

Punk'd (puhn-gkd) "slang": To be made a fool of as the target of an extravagantly arranged prank, as in "You just got punk'd!"


Comedian and social media star, DeStorm Power, leads the team as host, while digital media powerhouse, King Bach, steps in as special guest host to pull off the funniest capers. Comedians and actors, Amberia Allen and Ron G., round out the cast as the featured "players" who directly interact with the unsuspecting celeb "marks."


Being punk'd is what happens when "Punk'd" creator and master prankster Ashton Kutcher stages an elaborate practical joke to trick one of today's biggest stars in an effort to bring them back down to earth. In a nutshell: "Punk'd" makes superstars suffer for your viewing pleasure.

Who can forget when Ashton tricked Justin Timberlake into believing that the government was seizing everything that JT owned? Or when Halle Berry was denied entrance into her own movie premiere? Or what about the time Lindsay Lohan thought she had made her limo driver miss the birth of his first child?

To pull off such elaborate pranks, Ashton has used a series of sidekicks during the show's eight seasons on MTV, including Dax Shepard, Julia Lea Wolov, Ryan Pinkston and B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan Howard on "The Office." Sometimes Ashton even enlists celebrities to help punk "other" celebrities, like when Jesse McCartney tricked Akon or when Bow Wow set up Omarion. Even "Punk'd" co-creator Jason Goldberg was once tricked by Ashton and Britney Spears.

In fact, no celebrity is safe from being punk'd. Since 2003, "Punk'd" has tricked stars such as Tyra Banks, Beyoncé, Nick Carter, Simon Cowell, Hilary Duff, Katie Holmes, Nick Lachey, Eva Longoria, Shaquille O'Neal, Nicole Richie, T.I. and Pete Wentz.

Ashton even pranked "Punk'd" fans by announcing that the second season of the show would be the last, when in fact he knew "Punk'd" would be back for season 3. "Punk'd" fans have since enjoyed six more seasons of ridiculously ruthless jokes.

Have no fear, though, because "Punk'd" ain't over yet.


Network: BET
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: March 17, 2003
Seasons: 10
Production Companies:
Katalyst Films
MTV Networks

DeStorm Power to Host 'Punk'd' on BET — The cast names have been a closely guarded secret during production, as the team pulled off outrageous stunts on Hollywood's biggest celebrities. Read more...
'Punk'd' Reveals New Hosts and Marks for 2012 — Celebrity marks will include Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Snooki, Emma Roberts, Shenae Grimes, Dianna Agron, Ron Artest, Ian Harding and many more, while new hosts include Nick Cannon, Lucy Hale, Mac Miller and Heather Morris. Read more...
'Punk'd' Returns This March — This season, Ashton Kutcher is passing the torch to a different celebrity host each week, including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Kellan Lutz, Bam Margera and Dax Shepard. Read more...

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