Class Action Park

Class Action Park (HBO)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Class Action Park:

Of course it was in New Jersey.

Quick synopsis:

The story of Action Park in New Jersey and how completely bonkers it was.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

The owner made up a lot of the rides by himself. And then paid unsuspecting teenagers to test them out. Many teeth were lost.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

Yeah, if you were an 80s kid in the area, then you definitely went here. All of this is true. I went to primary sources.

My Take on Class Action Park:

Oh, New Jersey. What a perfect microcosm this documentary is. You can just revel in the unmitigated insanity and funny smells.

My review will not contain many rehashing of the stories in this documentary because I don’t want to spoil it and hearing it from people who were actually there is much funnier.

Please bear in mind that it’s mostly fun and games with a few mishaps here and there. It all seems like good fun. You know, until you get to the death stories. Yes, people died at this park. Plural. That’s the sad part.

The rest is pure insanity. Almost zero safety protocols. Drunk teenagers. Ill-planned rides. Pretty much zero supervision from beginning to end. Maybe a few mob ties here and there.

Chris Gethard (real name) deserves an Oscar or something. You’ll see.

Go watch.

Then come back and read more stuff. Or listen to the podcast. How about doing both?


Watch it now. You will not be disappointed even if you are not a Northeast U.S. kid. Watch it here!

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