• Network: FOX , FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37

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  1. Sep 25, 2010
    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. Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2010
    Thanks Woodjj. My sentiments exactly. The criticisms seem to be coming from the culmination of 50-some episodes of "Arrested". You don't know these characters yet, people, and if you carefully examine this pilot in comparison to the "Arrested" pilot, you'll see a similarity in the focus of character over comedy. The pilot for "Arrested" is great, but it's not that funny. It's funniest in hindsight, after you've seen more episodes. It was a way to introduce the characters, and in that sense, "Running Wilde" did the same thing. "Running Wilde" has some interesting strengths to it. It's fast paced, sort of bizarre, and unconventional with a pretty conventional plot. It's grounded in classicism, and it's open to comedic experimentation. Because of these things, it will probably prove to be unlike anything else on television at the moment. Don't forget people, Hurwitz said he wanted to ease the audience into this one before they jump into their more subversive comedy. So stick with it, if you're a fan of "Arrested Development". Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2010
    Very nice and pleasant show. Not expect something hilarious but funny and good mood. Is not the sequel of arrested development, doesn't pretends to be at all. But it will also became a myth, I'm pretty sure. Keep up the good work.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Jim Scott
    Running Wilde exerts so much energy setting up the jokes that they end up forced. Arnett breaks off a couple of great one-liners, but Running Wilde has a lot of work to do in order to even be a good sitcom, much less a Hall of Famer like Arrested.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    The original pilot had funny moments, but also some pacing problems and dead spots-which the final version, unfortunately, if anything made worse. And a second episode that Fox just sent out is no more encouraging.
  3. 25
    I just wish he'd [Will Arnett] run away from this dead horse of a sitcom. [11 Oct 2010, p.38]