Wild Wild Country: Season 1 (2018)


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

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Critic Reviews for Wild Wild Country Season 1

All Critics (41) | 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…
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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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

I understand the idea the Rajneeshees weren't the best neighbors and that there was frustration in the disruption they brought with them, but what struck me most about this engulfing six-part documentary is the fact of how hateful and intolerant the people of the United States were towards their fellow man simply because they didn't understand this alternative way of life and thus feared it and the people who chose to conduct themselves in accordance with these teachings. This isn't to necessarily be in defense of the Rajneeshees either, as brothers and directors Chapman and Maclain Way are sure to highlight the more sinister facets of those that came to devote so much of their lives to this mysterious spiritual leader as either he or those he appointed to be the leaders of this experiment that gets carried out in small town Oregon clearly manipulated the love for this ma and a community in order to do harm. Do I wish the brothers Way might have provided more concrete answers to the multitude of questions they pose? Of course, but by having access to and collecting multiple contemporary eyewitness accounts it's easier to glean where the sincerity meets that unpleasant emotion most often caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous. In the end and with much perspective, it's surprising whose souls feel the most, liberated might be a poor choice of words here, and so we'll go with...saved.


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