How to deal with John Wilson’s second season on HBO Max soon – .

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How to deal with John Wilson’s second season on HBO Max soon – .


I don’t remember being as excited for the second season of a TV show as I was for the return of How to deal with John Wilson, HBO Max documentary series on everything and nothing.

This mix – the mundane and the deep, compressed into 25-minute snacking episodes – made How to deal with John Wilson the best show I watched during the pandemic. No competition. Having said that, I don’t think John Wilson himself would care much about this kind of superlative. His show, largely created from years of chance footage filmed across New York City, is anachronistically humble. Wilson is the anti-influencer, mostly hiding behind the camera, giving ample time to people who would probably never appear on our TV otherwise.

Each episode superficially relies on a simple concept like “How to Improve Your Memory” or “How to Divide the Check”. But to say that the show is about something like “How to make conversation” is like saying that a physics textbook is about “How things move.” This is true, of course, but the magic lies in explaining how it works and why it matters.

HBO Max released the first season in the midst of the pandemic, when millions of us were crouched inside, separated not only from our friends and family, but also from all human contact. Every week, How to deal with John Wilson reminded me of the meat of life. It was like walking through a crowded mall, its camera zooming in on all the easily overlooked details, reminding me that life in the world is so eerie, vibrant and unpredictable. The first season ended, rightly, with an episode that marked the arrival of the pandemic and the lockdown in New York.

Now he’s back, this time with Wilson’s camera lingering over a New York City that’s somehow even stranger and unfamiliar than usual. A city in confinement then in recovery. As we begin the process of unboxing the trauma of the past two years, I can’t think of a better show than this.

How to deal with John Wilson season two premieres on HBO Max on November 26.

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