- Critics are praising Netflix’s new original series “Wild Wild Country,” a six-part docuseries about the scandals of a “sex cult” led by the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
- The series traces the group’s attempts to construct a utopian city in Oregon’s Wasco County in the early 1980s.
- The Rajneeshees came into conflict with the local population and went on to commit the largest bioterrorism attack in US history.
- “Wild Wild Country” stands at a 100% “Fresh” rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Critics are praising Netflix’s new original series “Wild Wild Country,” a six-part docuseries about the scandals of a “crazy sex cult” in the early 1980s.
The series focuses on the controversy surrounding the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who in 1981 led his followers to construct a utopian city in Oregon’s Wasco County and came into conflict with local ranchers.
After the group was denied permits to construct their city, one of Rajneesh’s followers, Ma Anand Sheela, led an attempt to take over the county’s municipal legislature by busing in thousands of homeless people to vote Rajneeshee members into state government positions.
The group also committed the largest bioterrorism attack in US history when it contaminated 10 local salad bars with salmonella in an attempt to depress voter turnout among Oregonians.
“Wild Wild Country,” directed by the brothers Chapman and Maclain Way, traces Rajneesh’s cult through archival footage and new interviews, and it has a 100% “Fresh” rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Dan Fienberg praised the docuseries for the way it represents a “slice of partially forgotten history in which real life just keeps getting more and more outlandish and implausible.”
Writing for RogerEbert.com, Nick Allen described the series as possessing a “profound, mesmerising power itself” in “handling this story so intelligently and by opening its heart to a very complicated idea of good and evil.”
Watch a trailer for the series below, and find the show on Netflix.