Wild Wild Country: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Wild Wild Country

Critics Consensus

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

98%

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Critic Ratings: 43

88%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 855
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Episodes

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Air date: Mar 16, 2018
2
Air date: Mar 16, 2018
3
Air date: Mar 16, 2018
4
Air date: Mar 16, 2018
5
Air date: Mar 16, 2018
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Air date: Mar 16, 2018

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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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Critic Reviews for Wild Wild Country Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

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

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…
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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…
Top Critic

'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…

Even if you think you know this story, this doc has more dirt than you could have imagined... A true only-in-America story. God help us all.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wild Wild Country: Season 1

  • Aug 06, 2019
    Very informative. Being a teenager at the time I don't recall this except for the folding of the hands thing. I was hoping at the end to find out more about what happened behind closed doors. Most of my questions that built up as the series went on were left unanswered.
  • Jul 04, 2019
    Excellent work! I wanted to binge all 6 episodes in 1 night!
  • Apr 01, 2019
    Facinating documentary.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    As fascinating as the characters it depicts, Wild Wild Country allows a sober look at a deliberately forgotten piece of American history, avoiding the need to judge its processes along the way.
  • Jan 18, 2019
    An absolutely incredible depiction of an almost incomprehensible phenomenon - the spiritual cult. It should be noted that the documentary does *not* contain any material that is unsubstantiated by reliable sources - either archived footage/written evidence, US law enforcement, or key cult members being interviewed for the documentary. Even based on this very dignified and honest use of the information available, the film shatters your perception of where good becomes bad, where outward persona or declared morality may be a deceptive fallacy, when what is hidden may far exceed your fears. I *absolutely* disagree with Philip P that this film demonstrates the American fear of outside cultural groups. This perception could not be further from the truth. The Rajneeshees were not a culture, they were a group of people forcably and malevolently manipulated by a mentally corrupt Bhagwan and his administration. They were granted plenty of airtime on US TV shows, despite incredibly forceful and violent breaches of trust against local residents in Oregon, it took years for the US police department to take significant action against them. If this isn’t significant mercy in light of the wrong they did - then I don’t know what is. The very fact that anyone is blinded by the idea that the Rajneeshee cult had anything to offer in the way of legitimate beliefs that should be respected, stuns me. And especially after watching this film rather than before. It does however serve to explain why some past members of the cult have failed to cultivate new identities for themselves after leaving the commune, and also why still today, people continue to purchase the books of, and to follow the teachings of Bhagwan. My personal hope is that Wild Wild Country will make it completely unacceptable for his literature to be sold anywhere in the world. The documentary is an eye opener of epic proportions - not easily explained or understood necessarily, and certainly not to be ignored.
  • Nov 13, 2018
    Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” 6 part series was very intriguing to say the least. This series was an inside look at the Rajneesh religion. This documentary had video clips of certain rituals that had rarely been made public as well as interviews with some of its most highest-ranking members. Taking place in Oregon when the Rajneesh was at its peak, this religion or utopia was very controversial from the beginning. Arriving into America to a very small town in Oregon the Rajneesh community purchased 64,000 acres where the members themselves built from the ground up their version of Utopia. Only, they were met with heavy resistance from the towns people. It was not long before this Utopian community began to feel attacked by the citizens of this small town called Antelope Oregon. Most of the population living there were people who retired and when they saw their small quiet town bum rushed by thousands of hippies like free love people who were all in red they were startled. Once they saw the group’s leader arrive in a Bentley and the group lay out the red carpet literally in the road to welcome Bhagwan Shree Rajnees. This “utopian” was followed by thousands of people. Most of whom lived at this location since it is where Rjneesh himself lived. However, the dark paths this group took to “protect themselves” so they say. They poisoned the entire town through food in the restaurants, they took over the elections and changed the name of the town, including street names, it went as far as a plot to murder, all out of spite and revenge. The amount of money this group made allowed the guru Rajneesh to acquire something like 19 Bentley’s. When it was all said and done, the groups most devout follower and leader to many Ma Anand Sheela was the brains claimed behind most of the criminal activity. She began wiretapping everywhere Rajneesh would be as she became more paranoid once he started cutting her out of some of his communication with newer followers. Once she left, some followed her and then the dynasty fell in Oregon and they felt they failed their vision of a pure Utopia. This 6-part series keeps your attention, with all the news stories, videos of some rituals taped by followers, and the followers and the towns people of Antelope who all lived through this and their perception of everything that transpired is grippingly intriguing. This group that originated out of India and grew so big with so many followers they had to find bigger and newer locations to hold all of them. To many this group would be considered a cult, but to the followers it is a way of life just as Buddhism and Hinduism is. In fact, many teachings are a mixture of both put together along with Bhagawa’a ideas on how to achieve total and complete freedom and spirituality. I would recommend anyone watch this series. It is such a great documentary that follows this religious group and the politics they played while practicing a “utopia”.
  • Nov 08, 2018
    The documentary is highly overrated. It seemed to glorify a cult that caused havoc in not only a small town but throughout the nation. They had no remorse for the awful things they had done. Sheela is an evil narcissist who to this day does not realize how atrocious her behavior was. I also never figured out throughout the series why anyone would follow Osha or Sheela. Why were these people so devoted to them? I saw nothing special about their “religion.” The best part of the series was when they were arrested and the cult’s time in America was over.
  • Oct 27, 2018
    Not as good as I’d hoped. The production quality is poor, to the point of being distracting. For one, it’s weird to choose a colonial-era, flourished script to display persons’ names, and locations, on the screen. Every time I saw that script it made me think of the Declaration of Independence, and it was hard to read. You shouldn’t have to pause a program to make out the script b/c it’s too hard to decipher. Second, the music is way too dominating. It’s far too loud & intrusive at many points, and at spots where there is commentary spliced with music, it’s hard to hear the audio of the words. Third, at points, the slices of montage shots are a weird length. They are too short for an average “montage” but are not short enough to ape a “subliminal message” type format (which might be fitting in a documentary about a cult). The quality of the video is often very poor (exacerbated by fast montage shots where it’s hard to digest what image you just saw). I realize they had a ton of footage to wrangle, but they also, quite obviously, stretched what could and should have been a 2-3 hour documentary into 6 plus hours by milking old, grainy, color faded footage for all it is worth.
  • Oct 23, 2018
    It certainly shows t fact is stranger than fiction. I still. was not clear what drew so many young people to Osho
  • Sep 20, 2018
    Deserved the Emmy. Don't read about it until you finish the series. Fascinating story that reminds us all cults have both good and bad traits, and freedom of religion can't possibly be unlimited, if the religion includes starting a war.

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