• 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. 30
    It's not so much an exercise in socialization as the indoctrination of children into a consumer culture.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 »