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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The billionaire Steve Wilde (Will Arnett) seeks to woo his childhood crush, Emmy (Keri Russell), an activist with a 12-year-old daughter.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. 83
    As odd and fast-paced as you'd expect from a show created by "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz.
  2. 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.
  3. It's the "Sabrina" story mixed with "Arthur," and it strains to make the tycoon's son endearingly weak and childish
  4. 50
    Arnett imbues him with the same amusingly creepy patina that works well for him on Arrested and 30 Rock but works against him here. Unfortunately, Russell fares little better. She's never looked lovelier, but the writers made the character too self-righteous to be attractive.
  5. Running Wilde gets off to an unpromising start by creating a complicated, tortured premise that many labored minutes later delivers us to a simple rom-com.
  6. 40
    It's stupid, but not in the brilliantly stupid and farcical manner of "Arrested Development." It's just a fast-paced, empty, odd-couple comedy that is irritating before the end of the first episode.
  7. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    There's not a whiff of actual life here, no grounding character like "Arrested Development's" Jason Bateman . There's just frantic, false and tiresome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  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. 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. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Sep 23, 2010
    Running Wilde may not be accepted by most audiences, but Running WIlde is a decent, well written comedy. Sure the jokes may not be the funniest or brightest of the bunch, but with a decent cast, and good acting, Running Wilde MIGHT have a chance for season 2 to be greenlit. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2010
    Will Arnett and Keri Russell work surprisingly well together in a comedy, something I wasn't quite sure would work out, even though I love both actors. There are a lot of flashbacks to Arrested Development in terms of the tone and humor of the show, so I definitely think, at best, it will be a niche comedy and not to everyone's liking. I'm definitely going to give it a couple of episodes to see where it goes! Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2010
    I knew "Arrested Development". I watched "Arrested Development." This show is no "Arrested Development."
  7. Sep 22, 2010
    I have only seen the first episode but I have to say that it was utterly rubbish. The level of humour is so low that one of the characters (a female environmentalist) has a daughter named "Puddle". And that's meant to be funny. Avoid this one. Collapse

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