• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Lindsay Robertson
    Like any good reality show, Kid Nation's strengths are in its characters, and the most remarkable aspect of these characters so far is their intellectual superiority to adults on reality shows--they use big words and make funny jokes!
  2. As you might expect from a program that stars 40 kids--at least some of whom will say the darndest things--it is pretty delightful
  3. 70
    Games of make-believe might be useful, but otherwise, playtime is just a dangerous fantasy that gives children the illusion that their lives won't be a living hell when they grow up. Is that really fair? That's why it's so satisfying to watch as the kids realize that they have to work, and work is hard.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Huff
    What Kid Nation lacks, however, is drama. With a cast of 40, it's hard for viewers to get attached to any of them long enough to care.
  5. 63
    It's a good kid show, but frankly, as an adult I'll lose interest faster than it took these kids to make gourmet biscuits and grits.
  6. 60
    There was one brief shoving match on the program, in which a 15 year old "got in the face" of an 11 year old, but most of the program was pretty sedate, if not a bit bland.
  7. CBS, which had promoted the show as almost exactly that ["Lord of the Flies" for voyeurs], backed down, explaining that Kid Nation was really more of a 40-day character-building exercise, like Outward Bound, but with camera crews and off-camera supervisors. And of course, it turned out to be a little of both, but mostly neither.
  8. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Kid Nation does not mean to find out whether kids can do what adults could not. It means instead to demonstrate that these kids really would die without the intervention of adults.
  9. Reviewed by: Julie Hinds
    Would the creators of Kid Nation please go to their room for a time-out and come up with something more original?
  10. It's a mildly entertaining reality series designed to encourage controversy to draw viewers and goose ratings.
  11. 30
    It's not so much an exercise in socialization as the indoctrination of children into a consumer culture.
  12. 30
    But even if you pushed those questions about production ethics out of your mind last night, the Kid Nation premiere was still an uncomfortable, irritating, and narratively subpar hour of TV. It was a disorganized mess that milked its young cast for cacophonous psychodrama.
  13. 30
    They're kids, exhibiting the kind of behaviors, good and bad, that kids do in real life. That's not awful or particularly surprising--but it's also not even remotely entertaining.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Setting the controversy aside, the show is hopelessly derivative, shamelessly manipulative and in narrative terms, a bit of a mess.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. SusanL.
    Mar 1, 2008
    "Lord of the Flies" for reality television. Wait! "Lord of the Flies" IS reality television. Horrid.
  2. RachelleB.
    Dec 19, 2007
    This show is a great chance for young children of 8-15 to show off their stuff. I think that it is a wonderful oppourtunity for them to show us people their voice and say. I love this show. Full Review »
  3. MattL.
    Dec 13, 2007
    This was a very good show it had parts or other show from cbs and other reality show but with its own taste to it with brought me back for more every 1 some down moments that could have been better but all in all very good show. Kidnation 2 please Full Review »