What The Critics Are Saying About MTV’s ‘Buckwild’

By: Gabrielle Chung / January 4, 2013

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Move over, Jersey Shore. Hello, Buckwild?

The controversial new MTV series made its debut on Thursday night, though many viewers aren’t warming up to the Southern reality TV show — and its stars — as they did to the one that launched the likes of Snooki, The Situation and JWoww to superstardom.

Buckwild follows six girls and three boys in their late teens and early 20s as they embark on a wild and drunken shenanigans in the small town of Sissonville, W. Va. Exactly like Jersey Shore, right? Wrong.

Despite the formula for success, many critics panned the show as playing into Southern stereotypes and adds nothing to excite those who’ve followed the fist-pumpin’ gang at Seaside Heights for six whole season.

What else are people saying about the new show?

Read on to see the reviews.

The Hollywood Reporter: Buckwild is everything that MTV wants, and it’s everything people will expect, which is exactly what makes it so useless. It adds nothing. It’s not shocking, it’s not interesting, and it’s not quite crazy enough to become part of the zeitgeist. There’s nothing about these young rednecks that is particular to West Virginia, either, as much as any other state would surely deny it. These are just kids gone wild (though no wilder than you’d find in any college town). The biggest problem is, we’ve seen it all before.

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Entertainment Weekly: Buckwild is set up like many another reality show to create friction … Tyler summed up the entire show’s chief drawback in a sentence: “Y’all’s makin’ a big deal out of nothin’.”

Hollywood.com: These rural teens were raised watching Seaside Heights and they’ll be trying to be their most outrageous, to craft their catchphrases, and to cash in on their moment in the sun. Sure, watching them might be amusing fun (I can’t wait to see that insane lady in the red wig yell at them) but it’s never going to be as good as Jersey Shore, no matter how wild it purports to be.

Variety: Buckwild brings barely anything uplifting to the programming, save perhaps the ingenuity of turning a dump truck into a makeshift swimming pool. A drunken fight between a cast member and a West Virginia resident who simply wanted a Buckwild party to be quieter was enough to make even this reality TV viewing vet (yours truly) cringe.

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AV Club: Adherence to type isn’t a problem per se, but Buckwild lacks the narrative engine to drive its types toward any kind of compelling conflict. The net result is a series of confusing and poorly manufactured fake problems.

Aside from the negative reviews from TV critics, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin also denounced the show, sending a letter to the president of MTV prior to the premiere asking for its cancellation. Manchin claimed Buckwild reflected “poor decisions of our youth.”

However, cast members Shain Gandee and Shae Bradley were quick to defend their wild ways featured on the controversial series, telling Celebuzz in an exclusive interview that “it’s just a bunch of kids having good fun.”

“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions,” Bradley continued. “If you dont like it, don’t watch it. You can change the channel.”

‘Buckwild’ airs on Thursday at 10 PM on MTV.

What do you think of the new series? Let us know in the comments below.

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