How To With John Wilson

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The ShowHow To With John Wilson

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max

The Pitch: Independent filmmaker John Wilson takes his camera all over New York City and beyond in an attempt to “teach” the audience one thing per episode. (One episode is called “How to Make Small Talk”; another is about the best way to split the check at a restaurant during a group meal.)

Why It’s Essential Viewing: I put “teach” in quotation marks because these are not the types of purely instructional video you might find on YouTube. Instead, through Wilson’s dry narration, observational humor, and clever editing, the episodes feel more like immersive trips into his New York City experiences, which inevitably spin out into unpredictable scenarios that you never would have imagined. Read More »

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