Stephen Fry in America
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Stephen Fry travels through each of America's states in his black London taxi to discover, in his own charismatic style, what makes the country unique and to get under the skin of American life. His journey across the vast country takes him to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky, a brothel in Nevada, an Amish community in Wisconsin and the lava fields in Hawaii. He also goes hunting in New York State, sailing on an America's Cup yacht in Rhode Island, basket weaving with Navajo Indians and meets environmental activists in Oregon. Proud citizens show Stephen their country as he drives across the continent, uncovering the differences that make each state individual and the similarities that make America distinct.
Episodes: New World / Deep South / Mississippi / Mountains and Plains / True West / Pacific
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Stephen Fry explains, in the first few minutes of this FABULOUS six-part BBC series, that he was almost born in Princeton, NJ where his father lived for a while. He's always had a fascination with the US and so in 2008 he brought a real British taxicab here and drove to every one of the 50 states. (Well, that's what he says he did. In reality he covered 51, because the District of Columbia - where he stopped - is not a "state", and he had to leave the taxi in Washington State and fly to both Alaska and Hawaii.. But who's griping? Not me! I don't know how long it took to film this journey but it was obviously 6 months or more. And I give lots of credit to the photographer and Directors John Paul Davidson and Michael Waldman, who are there capturing the beauty - as well as some eccentrics.
The show aired on the BBC and was aimed at UK audiences so you'll hear a few curse words once in a while. And the section on Nevada visits the famous "Mustang Ranch" (where prostitution is legal) and parents may not want to share those moments with young children. But the rest makes great family viewing.
The six hour-long episodes cover a different region. Fry starts in Maine and heads south. From the Deep South he heads to the Mississippi River and follows it all the way from Louisiana (visit to New Orleans after Katrina and to Angola State Penitentiary) to Michigan (Detroit auto industry). Then, the great Mountain States, The Southwest and finally, The Pacific.Read more ›
In England he drives a London taxi cab to maintain some anonymity, so that is what he uses in this BBC series to drive all over America. This particular London cab was hired in America, but it is still neat.
In May 2009 the two-DVD set is already being sold in England, but unfortunately it is not playable on an American format DVD player. The American format DVDs are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and will be shipped on September 1, 2009. Since I lived in Europe for so many years I have a lot of European format DVDs, and I also own a couple of European type DVD players that I can watch this on. I bought my copy from Amazon.co.UK which they promptly shipped to me here in America.
I have been a fan of Stephen Fry's since the Jeeves and Wooster days, then Fry & Laurie. Kingdom was absolutely superb. I still miss seeing more of Kingdom.
This may be his best so far. Really. "Best" or most enjoyable is a value judgement, but for any fan of Stephen Fry I can assure you, you will treasure this series called Stephen Fry in America.
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You won't see the Statue of Liberty. You won't see Old Faithful. You will see America, you'll smile, and you'll learn a lot.
Stephen Fry is a treasure by himself. His view of America will delight you sometimes, but make you think almost always. You could couple this film with John Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, and produce much smarter students. I'll wager they'd do better on state geography exams, too.
High school geography and history texts should be this interesting and fun. I recommend it for both history and geography courses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is perhaps one of the best travel documentaries I have ever seen,
British media icon, Stephen Fry, takes you to a journey across America in this amazing, heartwarming TV... Read more
One of the greatest documentaries out there. Stephen Fry is a master of looking at the world from a smart, analytical perspective with humor and sarcasm. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kebrown2007
If you have never traveled the States. This is for you. I have watched it over and over.Published 8 months ago by William Dakota
Stephen Fry brings his own slightly wry sense of humor and his keen sense of observation to bear as he tours the US. The vignettes are necessarily brief, but highly entertaining. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. More
I often put this on in the background, just because Stephen Fry is a such a soothing storyteller. But don't just listen, the cinematography on this blu-ray is gorgeous, as he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thialfi
More minutes than the TV series I had watched previously but very low budget - no extrasPublished 11 months ago by Niall Coldrick
I can watch this over and over. Love to see how the US looks to foreigners. Very entertaining and informative too.Published 14 months ago by pbart