• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 29, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Jun 24, 2011
    75
    There is absolutely nothing remotely fresh about this dating show, which is essentially the unholy spawn of Bachelor Pad, Temptation Island, Survivor, and The Amazing Race. Does it matter? Hell no! Especially when there are contestants with names like Steele, raft challenges on crocodile-infested Costa Rican waters, and a reward love shack called the Oasis. [1 Jul 2011, p.68]
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 29, 2011
    60
    The individual interviews suggest the contestants here evoke about the normal amount of sympathy in find-a-mate shows.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 28, 2011
    58
    Sure, it all looks and sounds achingly familiar and blandly dumb, and maybe some of it is. But check the brain at the door. You could do much worse.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 18, 2011
    50
    It's only fun, though, when the would-be mates turn on each other and the bat guano flies: Romancing the Stone morph into The War of the roses. [25 Jul 2011, p.40]
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 28, 2011
    42
    This is, however, one of those shows that a viewer easily can love to hate. And in that context, Love in the Wild is very well equipped to both go the distance and even be invited back next summer.
  6. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    The series hardly tweaks the formula, though it does so just enough that the more generously inclined might claim that Love in the Wild is an effort at democratizing the reality dating show.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 29, 2011
    30
    Maybe central casting is wearing thin, but aside from being beautiful (naturally), there's not a personality in the bunch more interesting than the crocodiles, ants or bats on display.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 29, 2011
    30
    Love in the Wild is undeniably a waste of time and brain cells.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 6, 2011
    7
    Luckily, only the first half of "Love in the Wild" actually involves "the wild". Instead, the attention is focused on the dialog, conflict and bonding between couples, so you get the feeling that the outdoor challenge is just a ploy to create stress and drama, and not too vital to the show. Likewise, the results of the challenge don't dramatically affect the outcome for the contestants (think Big Brother).

    The second half of the show is where it really gets good. First, there's a social event where everyone can socialize with everyone else. To add a little drama, each couple is forced to sleep in the same room together (with a solitary queen bed, young'uns). The following day (and last 10 minutes of the show) is the elimination round. Both individuals of each couple can choose to stay paired, or try someone new. If the new choice refuses them, they have to wait and hope someone else will choose them. The winning couple from the challenge has the benefit of choosing first, followed by the second placed couple, and so forth. The last man and woman standing are the ones no one wants and they're the goners. So awkward; so fun.

    Of course, I've only seen the first episode, but I'm hoping this show makes it, because I'm already hooked!
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  2. Jun 7, 2012
    7
    As far as fluff television goes this one is not terrible. The premise is something that we have seem many times before but even knowing that I cannot help but watch. The wackiness of it all pulls me in. This is a really fun summer guilty pleasure. Full Review »
  3. Aug 17, 2011
    10
    One of the best dating shows ive seen. the contestants are a lot of fun to watch as they develop and change. the process is fresh and everything about the show is a 10. Full Review »