In the series. Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics. The contradictions of modern life are juxtaposed with Wilson’s candid, unpolished commentary, with Season 1 offering up his take on a range of topics. The show builds upon Wilson’s previously released “how to” short films. Episodes in Season 1 included “How to Make Small Talk” and “How to Improve Your Memory.”
“John’s lens is so deliberate and dear,” said Amy Gravitt, vice president of HBO Programming. “Seeing the audience connect with HOW TO has been an absolute joy. We’re eager to see what 2021 has to offer with him behind the camera.”
John is a documentary filmmaker and self-described “anxious New Yorker.” He made his HBO debut as writer, director, cameraman, executive producer and narrator of the six-episode docu-comedy series. Nathan Fielder also serves as executive producer, alongside Michael Koman and Clark Reinking. The series debuted Oct. 23 on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.
The show has received critical praise since its debut. Recently, Variety‘s Caroline Framke praised the show as a fascinating look at life in New York City as the pandemic has ravaged it.
“Eight months into the pandemic and counting, many TV shows have tried to address our bizarre new world in all sorts of ways, most more tortured than revelatory,” Framke wrote. “None come close to what ‘How to With John Wilson’ does simply by showing how people reacted and adjusted in real time with real care and compassion for a city that would soon be hurting more than it could possibly know, before building itself back up as it always has and always will.”