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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 7, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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4.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the Dutch show of the same name, 15 people are sent to a remote location for a year to create a new society amongst themselves as cameras observe their movements and decisions.
  • Genre(s): Reality
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 8, 2014
    50
    When the campers are just sitting around talking, about sex or God--or about each other behind their various radio-miked backs--they provide the gentle stimulation of coffee-shop eavesdropping.... When they argue, which they do, mostly over food and money or someone's self-professed expertise not being respected, it becomes tiring, like listening to the neighbors fight.
  2. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 10, 2014
    40
    Even as Utopia promises to never, ever live up to its name, its funhouse-mirror reflections of the fault lines--religion, class, politics--in our own larger, obviously imperfect society make for fascinating TV, if only occasionally.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 8, 2014
    30
    While raw and weird have certainly yielded dividends in the past, please let’s not kid ourselves: If Utopia has any legs at all, it will as a cable-style freakshow, not some grand “experiment” in democracy.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 11, 2014
    30
    Fox executives could have saved substantial production costs and achieved basically the same boring result by filming 14 randy monkeys in a cage containing only 10 bananas.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    I LOVE this show!!! Can't get enough!! Highly recommend!!! Best show on the major networks! Don't trust these idiots that put 0 down!! Give itI LOVE this show!!! Can't get enough!! Highly recommend!!! Best show on the major networks! Don't trust these idiots that put 0 down!! Give it a chance and you will be hooked like a crack addict!! Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2014
    10
    Do not trust the negative critics.

    First of all you MUST not get scared from the violence or spatter contents. And then you'll figure out
    Do not trust the negative critics.

    First of all you MUST not get scared from the violence or spatter contents. And then you'll figure out how astonishingly is well script the storyline overall, finding yourself to justify those act that may seem brutal. One of the best series unfortunatly not known, with also awards to boast of.
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  3. Sep 22, 2014
    8
    Despite certain reviews, for myself, Utopia is an original experiment that could be considered an important observation upon modern dayDespite certain reviews, for myself, Utopia is an original experiment that could be considered an important observation upon modern day people. It's catching to see how individuals will go about forming a community where they can each find their own freedom and peace. I feel this is truly an important show for our current lives based on our struggles with economy and hopes for green changes. Though technology is loved, appreciated, and even vital, people need to be challenged to remember how to cope without those technologies and I think this show is an intriguing way to expose those privileges. I can't wait to see how these people figure out how to maintain their survival and comfort. Hopefully, they will learn to create their own gadgets and establish their own sources of nutrition! Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    4
    Tired of this formula. It's like show execs these days sit around a table coming up good ideas but just executing them so poorly. "Hey, letsTired of this formula. It's like show execs these days sit around a table coming up good ideas but just executing them so poorly. "Hey, lets throw a bunch of people that are polar opposites into a cage with a chicken leg and watch the hilarity unfold." The concept in and of itself is good. But why populate Utopia with people that'll just clearly clash? I get it, you want the drama. But it's old, stale, etc... evolve. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2014
    1
    I watched the entire first episode and it was dreadful. I was expecting a group of people trying to work together to form a better society.I watched the entire first episode and it was dreadful. I was expecting a group of people trying to work together to form a better society. What the show turned out to be was a group of social misfits all who seem to have anger issues. It seems that whoever cast this thought conflict would equal ratings. Dreadful. Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2014
    1
    Wow. Just when you thought network TV couldn't sink any lower, Fox proves you wrong. The preacher man isn't a bad fellow, but there are noWow. Just when you thought network TV couldn't sink any lower, Fox proves you wrong. The preacher man isn't a bad fellow, but there are no really likable characters on this show. THESE are the people they came up with after an exhaustive search? Clearly, they went for obvious reality-TV stereotypes and now they are stuck with a group that reminds you more of horror film patsies waiting to be slaughtered than contestants in an intelligent scheme. What a waste. Made for people who move their lips when they read the funnies. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2014
    0
    The sad thing is that this show *might* have had some potential if they had actually attempted to cast it for it's purported purpose "toThe sad thing is that this show *might* have had some potential if they had actually attempted to cast it for it's purported purpose "to create an ideal social structure." I don't think most of these contestants have ever given this a moments thought-- even after being cast for this show. They all behave as if they are vying to be the most obnoxious cast member on the dumbest reality show. I've only watched it because i know one of them. Otherwise I wouldn't have watched more than 5 minutes of the first episode. A toothless hillbilly? Really? A preacher there to convert people? Really? Unstable personalities with trigger reactions? -- These people were cast for one reason only, to create the basest kind of drama. What a colossal waste of money and time. Expand

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