The A.V. Club
12th February 2022
Wildboyz is the Jackass spin-off worth revisiting
Though Wildboyz ran longer than the original Jackass, it was eclipsed by the success of Viva La Bam: While the latter grew into a franchise-within-the-franchise with its own series of spin-offs, Wildboyz was shuttled off to sister channel MTV2 for its third season, and concluded with its fourth in 2006. In his memoir Professional Idiot, Steve-O wrote about the decision to end Wildboyz, saying the show probably could’ve kept going after its fourth season but “it just didn’t seem like there was a point” because it had “essentially evolved back into Jackass.” But the series didn’t turn out to be a step backward for Steve-O, Pontius, and Tremaine. What were once perceived as weaknesses now look like strengths, and 15 years and three movie sequels later, it’s clear that Wildboyz paved the way for the future of Jackass.