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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Life's a jungle, literally, in this remake of BBC's "Wild at Heart."
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. 75
    Yes, there's a heavy hand in the schmaltz department, what with the dead mother and the wounded beasts and all (Hey! It's Africa after all!) but it's not so heavy that it's annoyingly cloying. At least it worked for me.
  2. 63
    Life Is Wild, a 7th Heaven replacement that adds African landscapes, wildlife and culture.
  3. Nothing new here; Wild is exactly what you would expect, in a "7th Heaven Goes to Africa" kind of way. [5 Oct 2007, p.67]
  4. 50
    Far, far away from the cutting edge, Life in the Wild offers a family-drama walk on the mild side.
  5. Life Is Wild, which is based on a BBC series, simply cannot be given the preapproved seal of inspection for adults, either. Why? Well, there are many reasons, but in no small part because its efforts at exposition are of the kind that would make even a young wildebeest scream: "Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite!"
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Even a hard-hearted critic would find it difficult not to coo at the lion cub that wanders onto the grounds, but the series can deliver only so many Animal Planet moments before leaving auds to grapple with its trite elements and annoying characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd R. Ramlow
    While Life is Wild is structured as a sort of fishes-out-of-water tale, it is more accurately described as a neocolonial masturbatory fantasy.

See all 19 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. soniac
    Oct 18, 2007
    I can get to love these characters and dream about living their lives.
  2. MelT
    Mar 29, 2009
    I love this show, I hate that it was canceled! They have to bring it back!!
  3. RhiannonK
    Dec 1, 2007
    The pilot was a little weak, but the the rest of the episodes are interesting and fun. There are several interesting story lines. Plus I think the story is different, and the South African location is nice. My only complaint is that I feel The CW gave this show one of the worse possible timeslots. Expand
  4. TitoC
    Jan 21, 2008
    I love this show since day 1. Every week I get to know the characters a bit more - like true friends and family. I never listen to critics - only to my heart; and my heart LOVES this great program. Keep this compelling new drama on the air for many years to come and I'll be happy! Expand
  5. J.S.
    Oct 10, 2007
    You can see potential in this show. The ratings were terrible because of the bad lead in, people should seriously check it out.
  6. ClaraM
    Oct 15, 2007
    Life is wild is an awesome family sit together kind of show.