Life is Wild : Season 1

  • Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 2007
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  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. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the casting (and thus, acting) is a disaster. The writing is weak. And the fish-out-of-water story grows old within minutes. Not even a cute cub can save it.
  3. 60
    It is predictable and average, except for the stunning animals. They're ready for more close-ups.
  4. With its fresh premise, the show could be a welcome oasis to viewers who are weary of animation, reality or even football.
  5. 20
    If you're after a compelling drama set amid the wild beauty of Africa, don't bother with the new CW show Life Is Wild. You're better off with "Meerkat Manor" or a well-made nature documentary.
  6. 20
    It feels more like a TV gathering of stick figures from an instruction manual.
  7. 10
    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.
  8. While some of the pilot strains to be contemporary with its youthful fixations, the only actor and character who really stands out is Atandwa Kani's Tumelo, a native South African who connects with Katie. Otherwise, it's the animals that make Life is Wild worth watching.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    58
    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]
  10. Life Is Wild, is serenely benign considering its title, but some families should find fun in this foolishness from far away.
  11. There is both everything going on and nothing going on simultaneously in this CW hour, but the series ultimately could click, depending on where things go from here.
  12. Most of the actors, who admittedly don't have much to work with, seem to be visiting rather than inhabiting their parts....All in all, a trip to the zoo will serve you better.
  13. 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!"
  14. Families whose kids aren't yet jaded by "Gossip Girl" and "America's Next Top Model" might find the wildlife pretty wild, and the kids a little less so.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    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.
  16. 20
    It just substitutes South Africa for "Everwood's" Colorado, trite idiocy for "Everwood's" sharp dialogue, and a game of blind-man's-bluff for "Everwood's" casting director--actress Leah Pipes, who looks 25 and sounds 30, is the least convincing teenager since Stockard Channing staved off menopause in "Grease."
  17. Life Is Wild is a decent but not exceptional family drama set in South Africa.
  18. 63
    Life Is Wild, a 7th Heaven replacement that adds African landscapes, wildlife and culture.
  19. 50
    Far, far away from the cutting edge, Life in the Wild offers a family-drama walk on the mild side.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. MelT
    Mar 29, 2009
    10
    I love this show, I hate that it was canceled! They have to bring it back!!
  2. TitoC
    Jan 21, 2008
    10
    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 - 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! Full Review »
  3. RhiannonK
    Dec 1, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »