How To with John Wilson

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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 seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producers
Producer
  • Brendan McHugh
Production locationNew York City
EditorAdam Locke-Norton
Running time25–28 minutes
Production companies
  • Blow Out Productions
  • John's Movies
  • Atlantic Pictures (season 2)
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23) –
present

How To with John Wilson is an American television comedy docuseries created by filmmaker John Wilson.[4] The series, executive produced by Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman and Clark Reinking, was ordered by HBO.[5] It premiered on October 23, 2020.[6] On December 9, 2020, HBO renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on November 26, 2021.[7][8] In February 2022, the series was renewed for a third season.[1]

Premise

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 and diverse directions. For example, the episode "How to Improve Your Memory" ends up featuring a conference on the Mandela effect in Ketchum, Idaho.[9]

Production

John Wilson explained to Variety about his process of making the show

"I try to draft very rough scripts of what might happen in an episode, and then we give it to production and put a plan in action to shoot it — and every single script is rewritten from the ground up by the time we're done in the edit. So much of the rewriting has to happen in the edit, because we're now writing to these shots that we never could have predicted that we would have, and they're always so much better than the stuff that we roughly conceived."[10]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16October 23, 2020 (2020-10-23)November 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)
26November 26, 2021 (2021-11-26)December 31, 2021 (2021-12-31)

Season 1 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [2]Directed by [2]Written by [2]Original air date [2]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"How To Make Small Talk"John WilsonJohn WilsonOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23)0.187[11]
22"How To Put Up Scaffolding"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)0.352[12]
33"How To Improve Your Memory"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 6, 2020 (2020-11-06)0.288[13]
44"How To Cover Your Furniture"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 13, 2020 (2020-11-13)0.273[14]
55"How To Split the Check"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 20, 2020 (2020-11-20)0.231[15]
66"How To Cook the Perfect Risotto"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman and Alice GregoryNovember 27, 2020 (2020-11-27)0.083[16]

Season 2 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [3]Directed by [3]Written by [3]Original air date [3]U.S. viewers
(millions)
71"How To Invest in Real Estate"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman, Alice Gregory, Susan Orlean, and Conner O'MalleyNovember 26, 2021 (2021-11-26)0.118[17]
82"How To Appreciate Wine"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman, Susan Orlean, and Conner O'MalleyDecember 3, 2021 (2021-12-03)0.068[18]
93"How To Find a Spot"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman, Alice Gregory, Susan Orlean, and Conner O'MalleyDecember 10, 2021 (2021-12-10)0.079[19]
104"How To Throw Out Your Batteries"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman, Alice Gregory, Susan Orlean, and Conner O'MalleyDecember 17, 2021 (2021-12-17)0.069[20]
115"How To Remember Your Dreams"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman, Susan Orlean, and Conner O'MalleyDecember 24, 2021 (2021-12-24)0.049[21]
126"How To Be Spontaneous"John WilsonJohn Wilson, Michael Koman, Alice Gregory, Susan Orlean, and Conner O'MalleyDecember 31, 2021 (2021-12-31)0.114[22]

Reception

Critical response

How To with John Wilson has received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a score of 100% with an average rating of 8.5/10 based on 21 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Surprising, thoughtful, and superbly strange, How To with John Wilson's blend of documentary styles comes together to create a singularly delightful experience."[23] On Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average score of 84 out of 100, based on 7 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[24]

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote How To with John Wilson is "funny, sad, and, in the end, shockingly profound."[25] 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."[26]

The second season received critical acclaim. On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 92 out of 100, based on 4 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[27]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2021 American Cinema Editors Best Edited Non-Scripted Series Adam Locke-Norton Nominated [28]
2021 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Nonfiction Series Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking, and John Wilson Nominated [29]
2022 Cinema Eye Honors Outstanding Anthology Series Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking, and John Wilson Nominated [30][31]
Outstanding Broadcast Editing Adam Locke-Norton Won
2022 TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in News and Information How To with John Wilson Nominated [32][33]
2022 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series Alice Gregory, Michael Koman, Conner O'Malley, Susan Orlean, and John Wilson Nominated [34]

References

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  30. ^ Thompson, Anne (October 20, 2021). "Cinema Eye Honors Nominees: 'American Utopia' and 'City So Real' Top Broadcast Categories". IndieWire. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  31. ^ Pond, Steve (March 1, 2022). "'Flee' Wins Top Prize at Cinema Eye Honors for Documentaries". The Wrap. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  32. ^ Longeretta, Emily (June 16, 2022). "'Abbott Elementary' Leads 2022 TCA Awards Nominations: Full List". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  33. ^ Hailu, Selome (August 6, 2022). "'Abbott Elementary' Tops 2022 TCA Awards". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
  34. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 13, 2022). "WGA Awards TV Nominations: 'Yellowjackets', 'Hacks', 'Loki', 'Only Murders In The Building' Join Usual Suspects On List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 13, 2022.

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