Wild Wild Country: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Wild Wild Country

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Wild Wild Country succeeds as an intriguing examination of a forgotten piece of American history that must be seen to be believed.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

In 1981 with his secretary Ma Anand Sheela overseeing the operation, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual teacher, moves his ashram to Oregon from India.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

The Bhagwan's flamboyant followers irk the tight-knit locals, who pursue legal action against the commune. But Sheela retaliates with a cunning plan.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

Sheela emerges as a provocative spokeswoman. As Election Day approaches, the Rajneeshees recruit thousands of homeless people to fortify their ranks.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

Local officials try to build a case against the Rajneeshees. When Sheela's thirst for power turns violent, the Bhagwan finally breaks his silence.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

The bitter feud between Sheela and the Bhagwan divides the community -- and opens the door for the FBI. At the ranch, a task force amasses evidence.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

The Bhagwan flees the ranch. Sheela and several followers are arrested in Germany. The Bhagwan's devotees -- and his enemies -- reflect on his legacy.

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Over six episodes, Directors Chapman Way and Maclain Way (The Battered Bastards of Baseball) and executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass (Duplass Brothers Productions) take viewers back to this pivotal, yet largely forgotten moment in American cultural history, one in which our national tolerance for the separation of church and state was sorely tested. Wild Wild Country is historical filmmaking brought to life on an epic scale. It's a tale so wild that seeing means barely believing.

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Mark Duplass
Executive Producer
Jay Duplass
Executive Producer
Chapman Way
Director
Maclain Way
Director

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Critic Reviews for Wild Wild Country Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (21)

It's an often bizarre story that is, like any good yarn, full of twists and unforgettable characters.

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Wild Wild Country is hella addictive.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

To describe Wild Wild Country as jaw-dropping is to understate the number of times my mouth gaped while watching the series.

Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

By handling this story so intelligently and by opening its heart to a very complicated idea of good and evil, "Wild Wild Country" has a profound, mesmerizing power itself.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It takes the time to dwell in every conceivable emotion, and your opinions of certain individuals may shift repeatedly throughout the six episodes.

Mar 26, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

We're no longer simply worried about the acts of a malevolent stranger, but the way that motivated groups can alter our society. The archival footage may be decades old, but Netflix's new hit ultimately asks us to consider the here and now.

Oct 21, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Many will want to binge it, as it's a head scratcher. I let it savor, as it was almost too much craziness for one long sitting.

Nov 5, 2020 | Full Review…

It's visually stunning, the production design and investigative work are perfect. But when it reached its highest potential is when it questions the parameters of society. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 2, 2020 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

'Wild Wild Country' does not make the mistake of giving voice only to the defenders of Rajneeshpuram. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 24, 2019 | Full Review…

I was hanging on every twist and turn, gobsmacked at the next bit of craziness that was revealed.

Nov 29, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Worth the watch because it sheds a beam of light on a very strange corner of recent American history that would otherwise become a blip on the radar. But after its all said and done, it also has the ability to reveal something about the viewer.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Wild Wild Country is an excellent documentary series that warns us about the power of charismatic men and the horror that comes when one believes blindly in the messiahs. [Full review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wild Wild Country: Season 1

  • May 16, 2021
    It was pretty entertaining, but it could have been a lot shorter.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    I was glued to the sofa from start to end. Very good documentary about a crazy historical event that not many know. I loved it.
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Wow. Can only be seen to be believed. And yet still unbelievable.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    I couldn't believed this happened in our country and no one talks about it. If you like weird history definitively watch this.
  • Jan 06, 2021
    It has excellent use of source footage, very well put together, and is very compelling to watch. However, it clearly has a bias towards Rajneesh group. The crimes that the key figures pled guilty to are never explained and no detail is provided for some of their controversial activities. Which makes the ending very anticlimactic when the group winds up for reasons that aren't apparent to the viewer.
  • Dec 14, 2020
    A decently informative, and entertaining docu-series that highlights quite a bit along the spectrum of willful ignorance and corruption on both sides. Depending on your own level of disenfranchised beliefs, you may see the appeal of this community shrouded by some pompous religious overtone, and sympathize with the general plight of having a basic constitutional right blatantly obstructed. Now, incidentally, the utopian followers, or at least the upper echelons, did have malicious motivations, but none the less the actions of the people of Antelope, and surrounding areas, were every bit as egregious as the cult themselves. It appeared to be a clear example of xenophobia mixed with a media leader who was charismatic and strangely appealingly vulgar in their "struggle" to simply be allowed to live in peace. They chose her well, because she did a pretty good job of sounding fresh in a society that truly does fit a lot of the descriptions she accused them of being. In reality, her accusations are only accurate in the upper echelons of the American democratic system the same way their corruption was all top heavy as well. We are all products of the society we live in. And given this was the foundation of theirs, it was only a matter of time before what happened... happened. Hopefully we all learn something from this. It's good. But not great. It needed a lot of the other horrid details about the cult. At the very least, explain the clothing. You know we're all thinking it. I would have liked to hear more from the people of Antelope. In the end I felt like I got a summary of the events, but not a lot of the who, how, and why. I recommend it though. It's worth watching.
  • Sep 16, 2020
    Crucial parts of the story were left out such as the sexual abuse of children.
  • Aug 24, 2020
    I would have given this 5 stars on account of its excellent usage of source footage and photography and present-day filming and a wide array of interview subjects. It was put together very well, aesthetically. For its content, interesting as it is, I have to dock a full 2 stars. Some details are misleading, and this seems to be intentional. One might conclude that the hotel bombing was carried out by a white, conservative Christian, because of its placement within the narration of events; it is never directly stated. While they were no friends of the Rajneeshees, they were not, in fact, the culprits; a Muslim was. That is never mentioned. The viewer is left to fill in the blank. More than that, however, is the extreme glossing over of crucial details that, upon longer consideration, would seriously portray the cult in a negative light. The decision for the filmmakers to attempt some kind of empathy for Sheela by the end was perhaps the most shocking. This was a woman who, without any empathy or the slightest moral fiber in her body, happily orchestrated the attempted execution of political and personal enemies, which, as you may recall, included the entire populace of The Dalles. Although no one died as a result, such a fact was immaterial to Sheela. And then, you attempt to draw a smiley face on her at the end by showing her interacting with senior citizens? I can understand that you're attempting to show "both sides," but for Pete's sake, there is such a thing as objectivity, and in some pretty stunning ways, it is missing from this documentary series.
  • Aug 20, 2020
    While being a very measured description of those events, it critically lacks the point of view of the people who were there, who loved Osho, and who saw what a beautiful experiment Rajneeshpuram really was. Thus, it is one-sided and skews the depiction of those events. The creators did not dig deep, and this series is just a superficial look of outsiders, afraid to overcome their prejudices, afraid to challenge their worldview, and discover for themselves something they couldn't have imagined.
  • May 20, 2020
    A faithful portrait of the hypocrisy and intolerance of American society; as well as spiritually empty elites and eastern businesses geared to fill these gaps. An excellent documentary series.

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