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.



Critic Ratings: 44


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Air date: Mar 16, 2018
Air date: Mar 16, 2018
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.


Marlon Williams
as Performer ("Strange Things")

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Critic Reviews for Wild Wild Country Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

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

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
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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…

'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…

Rather than sitting on the edge of my seat, I became comfortable in its story beats and with its rhythmic editing. I found myself going days between episodes because my attention kept slipping.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Propelled by ample vintage video footage from local and national news covering the situation at the time, the documentary also benefits from contemporary interviews.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wild Wild Country: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Apr 30, 2020
    Interesting documentary. Unfortunately, if a new Rajneesh popped up today promising Shangri-La and orgies, there would be thousands who would follow him down the rabbit hole. As the show proved, several seemingly intelligent people went full-zombie stupid for the bearded leader whose shower of non-sensical babble enticed people to his ranch. Extremely sad what happened to the folks in Antelope. The producers of this documentary did a fairly good job of covering the high points in what was a lengthy period of existence for the sex cult. The question for people who have common sense and self-confidence is why thousands looked to this obvious conman for spiritual enlightenment? Then again, maybe it was just all about sex.
  • Apr 06, 2020
    It was just so interesting and I'm still wondering how I did not hear about this till this doc came out
  • Jan 25, 2020
    Probably one of the most unbiased thought provoking documentaries I have seen. Both sides seem wrong and neither seem right. It is very captivating but the reason it isn't really remember is the reason why sometimes it feels more about what could've been then what actually happened.
  • Oct 31, 2019
    I found it very disturbing and irresponsible that the series ultimately seemed more sympathetic than not to Bhagwan and his cause, almost glorifying him/his cause at times, while at the same time containing compelling evidence that he was a force of literal, supernatural evil on Earth. There is an idea in the Bible that the devil masquerades as an angel of light. To me that honestly seems like the best explanation for the the sum total of what we are presented with here, if you really take in all of the bad with all of the (seeming) good. And yet even though I understand the filmmakers didn't explicitly take a concrete position on Baghwan's goodness, it seemed to me between the music choices and the structuring of the film that the filmmaker wanted our sympathies to be with this movement to an extent that didn't really square with the information being presented. I mean if there's even a chance that one's subject may be a force of literal evil, it seems one has a responsibility to be very careful not to approach one's subject in such a way that some viewers of the films might be lead themselves into the trap. I did not feel that this care was present in this series at all. Consider that the series itself showed that this movement has already leveraged its own controversy to get more media exposure and has used this as an opportunity to recruit new followers. This film plays right into this dynamic. One segment during the final part almost played like an advertisement. Very disturbing, irresponsible filmmaking in my opinion. Half a star because it is at least well made, and at it did at least include multiple perspectives.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    I am from place Pune where Osho started his ashram initially. But I didn't knew anything about him. I always though he was some spiritual guru. But thanks to Netflix now I have learned so much about him. Gonna read his books now.
  • 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 14, 2019
    The issue is much more interesting than the way they tell it. It could have been summarized in a movie and it would have been more interesting. I watched a few chapters and finished story via Wikipedia.

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