How To with John Wilson

10 Best Episodes of How To with John Wilson

In a uniquely hilarious odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation, documentary filmmaker and self-described "anxious New Yorker" John Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics. The awkward contradictions of modern life are eased by Wilson’s candid, unpolished commentary. Building upon Wilson’s previously released "how to" short films, each episode takes wildly unexpected turns but is grounded in John's refreshing honesty.

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#1 - How To Cook the Perfect Risotto (Season 1 - Episode 6)

To thank his elderly landlord for all the times she has cooked and cleaned for him, John attempts to make her favorite dish. Season finale.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 152 votes.

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#2 - How To Appreciate Wine (Season 2 - Episode 2)


When confronted by the overwhelming and mysterious world of wine, John attempts to master his senses and make informed choices.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 113 votes.

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#3 - How To Invest in Real Estate (Season 2 - Episode 1)

After renting the same apartment for years, John contemplates an unexpected opportunity to become a homeowner.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 123 votes.

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#4 - How To Be Spontaneous (Season 2 - Episode 6)


Though determined to let fate be his guide, John’s attempt at spontaneity doesn’t go as planned.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 112 votes.

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#5 - How To Improve Your Memory (Season 1 - Episode 3)

John Wilson taps into his “Memory Palace” for an unforgettable exploration into our ability – or inability – to remember things.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 161 votes.

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#6 - How To Throw Out Your Batteries (Season 2 - Episode 4)


Seeking a solution to the universal conundrum of battery disposal, John ponders the value of things we hold onto – and what we throw away.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 108 votes.

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#7 - How To Cover Your Furniture (Season 1 - Episode 4)

While trying to live peacefully with his furniture destroying cat, John Wilson explores the challenges of keeping an object in pristine condition.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 152 votes.

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#8 - How To Find a Spot (Season 2 - Episode 3)


John reflects on the competitive and complex process of parking in NYC, where the possibilities opened by having a car comes with a catch.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 109 votes.

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#9 - How To Put Up Scaffolding (Season 1 - Episode 2)

John Wilson offers a unique history of New York’s hideous yet sprawling network of overhead “protection,” otherwise known as scaffolding – and contemplates what it might take to reduce its nearly 300-mile eyesore presently overtaking the city.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 170 votes.

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#10 - How To Split the Check (Season 1 - Episode 5)


John Wilson attempts to make sense of the intricacies – and fairness practices – behind the complex art of splitting the check.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 144 votes.

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#11 - How To Make Small Talk (Season 1 - Episode 1)

John Wilson reflects on the delicate balancing act of making – and safely redirecting – casual conversation, highlighting the rewards and risks of small talk.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 250 votes.

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#12 - How To Remember Your Dreams (Season 2 - Episode 5)


After years of rooting his life in non-fiction, John drifts from the world of rational thought in hopes of finally remembering his dreams.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 102 votes.


Last updated: feb 10, 2023

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