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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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54

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6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

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  • Summary: While their friends were at home, these kids were running their own town.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Lindsay Robertson
    80
    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. 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.
  3. 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
  4. It's a mildly entertaining reality series designed to encourage controversy to draw viewers and goose ratings.
  5. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Julie Hinds
    50
    Would the creators of Kid Nation please go to their room for a time-out and come up with something more original?
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    Setting the controversy aside, the show is hopelessly derivative, shamelessly manipulative and in narrative terms, a bit of a mess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. AdamR.
    Sep 21, 2007
    10
    Simply amazing!!!
  2. AmberS.
    Nov 19, 2007
    10
    Most amazing show ever!!!!
  3. RachelleB.
    Dec 19, 2007
    10
    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. Expand
  4. FrederickD.
    Sep 22, 2007
    7
    From the outset, the premise of Kid Nation is not so much "Survivor for Kids" but rather an exercise in children proving their vitality and worth. There is some drama, there are speeches, there is a physical challenge. While it is impossible to attach ourselves to all 40 children, the producers identify those who will (I assume) dominate the series. The producers seem to be doing their part to manufacture some conflict by dividing up the town and enforcing a class system. This seemed artificial as some of the children were already developing their roles in the society. That notwithstanding, Kid Nation seems to be shaping up to be an interesting social experiment. Let's see if they can build their ratings. Even if they do, I am certain we will not be seeing a second season (given the controversy). C+ Collapse
  5. EdgarC.
    Sep 26, 2007
    4
    It's a nice idea and it might seem cute a couple of times, but there are other reality shows out there are a lot better.
  6. SidN.
    Sep 26, 2007
    2
    A show about a bunch of whining brats, oh how entertaining?!
  7. BrookeZ.
    Oct 10, 2007
    0
    Um. I saw a clip of this show...kids murdering chickens? NO THANK YOU!

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