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How To with John Wilson
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Genre
Created byJohn Wilson
Written by
Directed byJohn Wilson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Brendan McHugh
Production locationNew York City
EditorAdam Locke-Norton
Running time25–28 minutes
Production companies
  • Blow Out Productions
  • John's Movies
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23) –
present
External links
Website

How To with John Wilson is an American comedy television docuseries created by filmmaker John Wilson.[1] The series, executive produced by Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman and Clark Reinking, was ordered by HBO.[2] It premiered on October 23, 2020.[3] On December 9, 2020, HBO renewed the series for a second season to premiere in 2021.[4]

Plot[edit]

John Wilson attempts to give advice while dealing with his own personal issues. The 25-minute episodes, framed as tutorials and filmed mainly on the streets of New York City, cover topics from small talk to scaffolding. While each episode initially focuses on its title topic, in the course of his investigation, Wilson meets people and strikes up conversations that lead in unpredictable directions. For example, an episode titled "How to Improve Your Memory" ends up featuring a conference on the Mandela effect in Ketchum, Idaho.[5]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [6]Directed by [6]Written by [6]Original air date [6]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"How To Make Small Talk"John WilsonJohn WilsonOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23)0.187[7]
2"How To Put Up Scaffolding"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)0.352[8]
3"How To Improve Your Memory"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)0.288[9]
4"How To Cover Your Furniture"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 13, 2020 (2020-11-13)0.273[10]
5"How To Split the Check"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 20, 2020 (2020-11-20)0.231[11]
6"How To Cook the Perfect Risotto"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)0.083[12]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The series has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a score of 100% with an average rating of 8/10 based on 11 reviews.[13] On Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[14]

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote How To with John Wilson is "funny, sad, and, in the end, shockingly profound."[15] Steve Greene of IndieWire gave the series a positive review of an A-, saying it has "a hint of darkness and a wealth of empathy."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Wilson". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 12, 2019). "Nathan Fielder Sets HBO Overall Deal, Docu-Series and Comedy Pilot (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "New Docu-Comedy Series "How to with John Wilson" Debuts October 23". The Futon Critic. September 2, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (December 9, 2020). "'How To With John Wilson' Renewed for Second Season on HBO". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Knibbs, Kate (November 18, 2020). "How to With John Wilson Is the Year's Best Nature Documentary". Wired. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "HBO Docu-Comedy Series "How to with John Wilson" Debuts October 23". WarnerMedia. October 2, 2020. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 26, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.23.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 2, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.30.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 9, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.6.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 16, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.13.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 23, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.20.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 1, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.27.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "How To with John Wilson: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  14. ^ "How to with John Wilson: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  15. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (October 22, 2020). "'How To With John Wilson': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  16. ^ Greene, Steve (October 23, 2020). "'How To with John Wilson' Review: A Sweet Primer on Humanity and the Magic of Small Moments". IndieWire. Retrieved November 16, 2020.

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