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How To with John Wilson

How To with John Wilson

HBO 2020

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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The 10 Best Episodes of How To with John Wilson

How To with John Wilson - S1E6

#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 from 129 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S2E2

#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 from 93 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S2E1

#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 from 102 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S1E3

#4 - 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 from 141 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S2E6

#5 - 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 from 92 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S1E4

#6 - 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 from 127 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S2E4

#7 - 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 from 88 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S1E2

#8 - 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 from 147 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S2E3

#9 - 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 from 90 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S1E5

#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 from 121 votes.

How To with John Wilson - S1E1
#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 from 218 votes.
How To with John Wilson - S2E5
#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 from 83 votes.

Last updated: jun 22, 2022



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One of the weirdest documentary series that can be found. The irony of John Wilson manifests itself in episodes with strange themes such as scaffolding or ways of covering furniture. The mastery of the project is in how it manages to make each episode drift towards unusual paths, which cast doubt on the lucidity of the human being. It is an unusual look at life, a discovery of the most remote places of our existence.

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