Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

10 Best Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Season 1

Bourdain travels across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain takes viewers off the beaten path of tourist destinations – including some war-torn parts of the world – and meets with a variety of local citizens to offer a window into their lifestyles, and occasionally communes with an internationally lauded chef on his journeys.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 20, 2023.

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#8 - Los Angeles (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Tony takes Los Angeles--but with a twist. No Hollywood sign, no Beverly Hills. Instead, he zeroes in on a three square-mile area of the city known as Koreatown, where he finds a tight-knit community still marked by the 1992 Rodney King riots.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 196 votes.

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#7 - Colombia (Season 1 - Episode 3)


The public face of Colombia has changed immensely over the past ten years and is still changing for the better. Tony will explore several regions of the country from the mountains down to the Caribbean coast to the coca leaf growing inlands formerly controlled by drug cartels.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 198 votes.

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#6 - Morocco (Tangier) (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Tony explores the "Interzone", where artists like Burroughs, Bowles, and the Rolling Stones sought escape from Western moral prohibitions and the possibilities of great empty spaces. Does that "anything goes" attitude still exist?

The episode was rated 7.85 from 158 votes.

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#5 - Quebec (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Bourdain travels to remote areas within the province of Quebec where he samples local delicacies, explores ice fishing and beaver hunting and spends time with two of funniest and most brilliant chef/restauranteurs in Canada, Joe Beef's Dave McMillan and Fred Morin.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 193 votes.

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#4 - Congo (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Tony visits Congo, the setting of one of his favorite books, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and the basis for one of his favorite movies, the classic Apocalypse Now.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 124 votes.

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#3 - Peru (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Tony and his friend, world-renowned chef Eric Ripert, explore the far reaches of indigenous Andes in search of a rare variety of wild cocoa that is said to be the "best" in the world. They move from hip, modern Lima back in time into pre-Colombian Peru.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 145 votes.

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#2 - Libya (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Libyan hip-hop, Italian restaurants, tribal allegiances and post-war uncertainty in Libya. Bourdain looks at the country through personal stories, food--and the music of anti-Qaddafi rapper expats who returned to fight.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 139 votes.

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#1 - Myanmar (Season 1 - Episode 1)


With the slight relaxation of control by the government of Myanmar, Tony is finally able to explore one of the most fabled and beautiful areas of Asia.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 262 votes.

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