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Running Wilde: Season 1 (2010-2011)




Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 19

Running Wilde is a frantic show without a strong central character to make it relatable.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 12

Running Wilde is a frantic show without a strong central character to make it relatable.



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Season Info

"Running Wilde" is a comedy about Stephen Wilde (Will Arnett), a wealthy playboy trying to woo his childhood sweetheart Emmy (Keri Russel), who is a devoted humanitarian and environmentalist. Wilde is assisted in his romantic endeavors by Emmy's daughter Puddle ( Stefania LaVie Owen ) who refuses to return to living in the jungle preferring the comforts of Wilde's mansion. Created by Arnett and "Arrested Development" alumni Mitchell Hurwitz the show makes reference to the critically acclaimed

Network: FOX




Air date: Sep 21, 2010


Filthy-rich, immature playboy Steve Wilde tries to win the heart of his childhood sweetheart, a liberal humanitarian.

Air date: Sep 28, 2010

Into the Wilde

Steve plans to take Emmy and Puddle on a family vacation; Emmy's fiance (David Cross) visits.

Air date: Oct 5, 2010

Oil & Water

Steve promises Emmy he will quit his job at the oil company. Meanwhile, Puddle gets some unexpected assistance with a science project; and Fa'ad gets trapped in the vodka cellar. Paul Shaffer appears as himself.

Air date: Oct 12, 2010

The Junior Affair

Puddle's boyfriend dumps her shortly before their school's big fall dance, and Emmy and Steve try to get them to make up. Andy Richter guest stars.

Air date: Oct 19, 2010

The Party

Steve sets out to prove to Emmy he can be less extravagant by throwing an environmentally friendly soiree.

Air date: Nov 9, 2010

Best Man

Steve inadvertently throws an elaborate Renaissance fairy-tale wedding for Andy and Emmy.

Air date: Nov 30, 2010

Mental Flaws

Steve asks Emmy to a charity ball; Emmy tries to teach Steve that there is more to a woman than her appearance.

Air date: Dec 7, 2010

It's a Trade-off

Thinking their own lives are more difficult than each other's, Steve and Emmy walk in each other's shoes.

Air date: Dec 26, 2010

One Forward Step

Steve's stepmother (Drea de Matteo) tries to curb his excessive spending on the day Steve plans to finance Emmy's new nonprofit.

Air date: Apr 28, 2011

Jack's Back

Steve's fraternity brother (Rob Corddry) visits and charms Emmy, much to Steve's chagrin

Air date: May 5, 2011


Emmy gets Migo involved when she champions immigrant rights, and this tests Migo's loyalty to Steve as Migo is thrown into the limelight of fame

Air date: May 12, 2011

The Pre-Nup

Though Emmy isn't interested in becoming Steve's wife, she signs a prenup to prove she's not after his money. This then fulfills an engagement clause for Steve, which triggers a financial windfall for him

Air date: May 19, 2011

Basket Cases

In the series finale, Steve's dad (Jeffrey Tambor) visits in the wake of an oil spill and gets Emmy to spearhead cleanup efforts, but Steve is suspicious of his father's true motives

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (19)

Keri Russell and Will Arnett are back. On TV. Together. In the hands of Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz. You don't have to be a master chemist to know what that all adds up to: TV MAGIC.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

I hated how little I giggled at Running Wilde, whose pilot doesn't quite live up to its pedigree.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Extreme absurdism is the guiding principle of this off-putting curiosity, which delivers more smarm than charm.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

It pains me to say that, despite all the obvious effort, I can't see how Running Wilde could get significantly better.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Running Wilde at times recalls the comedic brilliance of Arrested Development, but unlike that show, there's no relatable central character to ground Running Wilde.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The hope was that doing some reshoots, along with some recasting, might correct whatever imbalances were there, but the final version isn't any funnier.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: HitFix

This particular show is too forced in its plot and its supporting characters too broadly drawn.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

There's not a whiff of actual life here, no grounding character. There's just frantic, false and tiresome.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday

While the show isn't must-see TV, it isn't must-change-the-channel either.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Audiences will have to sort through the good stuff and toss aside the lumps of coal that keep Wilde from being a truly wild ride.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Wilde completes a one-hour, laugh track-free, absurdist block that gives Fox its best chance at comedy success since The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

The writing here isn't very snappy, Steve and Emmy are one-dimensional cutouts and Russell, the former Felicity star, looks uncomfortable playing it for laughs.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

It doesn't offer an intricate ensemble cast, but only the usual sit-commy supporting array.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Running Wilde gets off to an unpromising start by creating a complicated, tortured premise that many labored minutes later delivers us to a simple rom-com.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

It's a matter of putting faith in Hurwitz, Arnett, and Cross and hoping they can re-create some magic. We sincerely hope so.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Instead of a sparkling gem, Running Wilde is a rusty lug nut.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Being rich, or very poor, does not necessarily make a person funny. And in a comedy, funny is kind of a prerequisite.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

You can't dismiss the pilot when truly funny people are trying to find the magic. A little patience is advised here.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

This tiny horsey has no giddyap.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

The modern kind of bad sitcom, with the acidic surreal jokes and the multiple flashbacks and the voice-overs and the pseudo-sophisticated political comedy.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Sometimes, sad to say, really talented people get really bad ideas.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

It has its moments of absurd comedy and a promising set-up, leaving room for improvement in future episodes.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The best the pilot can muster is a few silly hops.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety

Running Wilde exerts so much energy setting up the jokes that they end up forced.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

It's the Sabrina story mixed with Arthur, and it strains to make the tycoon's son endearingly weak and childish.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Since writer-producer Mitchell Hurwitz is involved, there are high hopes that Running Wilde will live up to his hilarious Arrested Development. It never reaches the same level of genius, but I like that they're trying.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

It's still decent, both on its own merits and because it borrows some nice Arrested Development flourish.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

I wish I could report that this cheerful-sounding mishmash of talented performers results in big laughs, but it's more like small ones.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

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