Running Wilde : Season 1

  • Network: FOX , FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. 83
    As odd and fast-paced as you'd expect from a show created by "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz.
  2. Arnett isn't stretching himself here, but he's still funny as a man who can't comprehend why he can't buy the love of his life. Russell brings a fervor to the role of a woman who has yet to come across a tree she wouldn't want to hug.
  3. 75
    Running Wilde never reaches the same level of genius [as "Arrested Development"], but maybe that's because we have Puddle narrating the action, not Ron Howard. You can't re-create the magic--but I like that they're trying.
  4. The show would be better if it got a little closer to the ground, but Wilde, with unusually beautiful production values (for a sitcom), completes a one-hour, laugh track-free, absurdist block that gives Fox its best chance at comedy success since The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle.
  5. Tucked into a time period following the big, broad comedy of Raising Hope, Running Wilde seems like a boutique laugh factory. I wonder how long it can stay in business.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 25, 2010
    10
    Yes, this episode is not the cumulative greatness that was all 3 seasons of arrested development. No, this episode was not the funniest,Yes, this episode is not the cumulative greatness that was all 3 seasons of arrested development. No, this episode was not the funniest, cleverest written episode of arrested development. This was Running Wilde, and although it falls short of Arrested Developments epic crescendo of humor, layered with layers and layers of expertly written dialogue, it is still seething with potential. To me it seems like the creators and participants of Running Wilde had 21 minutes to outdo arrested development or be considered a failure and by judging by the reviews from reality show loving critics and users, they consider it to be a failure. Put aside your thoughts and preconceptions and just accept what your watching and be prepared to look deep into the humor and not just take it for face value. A top notch pilot segueing into what I hope to be a long-running, much appreciated show and not another much missed show like Arrested Development. Full Review »
  2. Sep 29, 2010
    3
    What could have been a quasi-spinoff of Arrested Development, is in actuality a comedy that is low on the laughs, and thought for that matter.What could have been a quasi-spinoff of Arrested Development, is in actuality a comedy that is low on the laughs, and thought for that matter. Running Wilde seems incoherent and unbelievable. While reality and a great plot is not necessarily necessary for a television comedy, its laughs certainly do not make up for its huge flaws. Additionally, the choice of telling the story in a child's point of view is certainly a big mistake on the writer's behalf. This could have brought an innocent look into adult life in a humorous way, but it is not. It just seems silly and pretentious.
    Overall, Running Wilde is a bust, and Will Arnett is better off channeling his better days on Arrested Development.
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  3. Sep 27, 2010
    8
    This, slightly less absurd and more attuned to the mainstream tastes, sitcom style reworking of "Arrested Development" humour promises to beThis, slightly less absurd and more attuned to the mainstream tastes, sitcom style reworking of "Arrested Development" humour promises to be hilarious when we get know the characters a little better. Full Review »