Kid Nation

The tagline is "40 kids for 40 days with no grown-ups. Can they do it?" Do what you ask? Successfully run a working society made up entirely of kids ages 8-15. It's Kid Nation and it premieres Wednesday, September 19, 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

The premise is watching what happens when you leave a diverse group of kids alone in a Wild West ghost town. No one gets kicked off and they can leave whenever they want. Every week, the kid council gets to award someone with a "gold star" worth twenty grand. They also compete for prizes like a library or video arcade. All the while, they have to cook, clean, and govern themselves. I guess lemonade stands are for pussies.

Okay, I don't doubt that this will be a hit show, and I'm totally impressed with the kids that volunteered to take on such a challenge, but there are a few issues I would like to bring up at one of the weekly kid-run "town meetings." First of all, no grown-ups? CBS is lying. What about the camera people? What about the host? Will they also be of the Dora the Explorer set? Nice try, but there's no way. I mean, there has to be some kind of Bear Grylls-like-pseudo-reality programming going on. And thank goodness! Grown-ups are good! What about Piggy's glasses?

I also find it kind of funny that they keep portraying the show like it was only started so that kids could fulfill their mission to show adults how the world really ought to be. Okay, if they wanted kids to show us some sort of Utopian society in which humanity fulfills its purpose, why would they send the kids back a hundred years and place them in a rustic, Wild West, ghost town? As in Back to the Future III? I thought we tried that society once already; it's only cool if you're a blacksmith. I actually heard they picked the location because there was a loophole in Nevada child labor law. Heartwarming, isn't it?

Still, the kids look like a bunch of amazing characters, and I'm rooting for them 100%. Tune in this Wednesday and see what you think.


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear what you think...