Stephen Fry in America: New World

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Stephen Fry in America: New WorldStephen Fry was very nearly an American. Just before Stephen was born, his father was offered a job at Princeton University, but chose to turn it down. And so, Stephen was born in NW3 rather than in NJ, New Jersey.

In this six-part series he travels, mostly in a London cab, through all 50 states of the country that he could have nearly called home and which has always fascinated him.

In this first episode, he explores the states that make up New England, before heading south to the nation's capital and ending up at the civil war battlefield of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

Presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire, witches in Salem, nuclear submariners in Connecticut, deer hunters, small time mobsters in NYC, socialites in Rhode Island, lobster fishermen in Maine, ice cream blenders in Vermont and card washers in New Jersey - Stephen meets them all as he takes the road through the autumn colors to uncover what really makes America tick.

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18 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Debra Jarvis

    I watched all 6 episodes of this unique travel documentary of the 50 states of the USA. As a resident of the USA and having visited or worked in many of our states, it's fascinating to see what Stephen chose to portray about us. It's a great lesson in the amazing diversity of our country and also how others see us versus how we see ourselves. Thanks for the great lessons and perspectives.

  2. Teddy Mcd

    That was cool. A postcard tour for sure but still very real.

  3. ranii02

    very interesting concept of visiting what could have been your homeland. my father came to canada for my mom, but i always wonder just as Stephen has, how would it be if i was born and raised in France as a French-Tamil. very interesting.

  4. Anthony Connolly

    I have seen the whole series. It is excellent. I have never had a fascination for America. The series does make me take an interest in it though. This and Bill Brysons book about going back to America are the things that would ultimately make me want to go and see. I must note though, this series and Brysons book are not really about the Cities. More about everyday smalltown America. It is those places that appeal to me.

  5. Graham Mitchell

    I've been to the US about a dozen times on holiday and find it continuously fascinating. Good to see it from Steven's eyes which takes life as it is and non-commital. So many people pre-judge Americans and have never been there. Americans are so welcoming.
    The "jingoistic" comment is sadly informed

    1. Jellybean

      Hi..i live in Florida,originally from Chicago. Thank you for such a nice comment. Most Americans are nothing like our Gov't. They are greedy,war mongering fools who care nothing for the real people. God Bless :)

  6. KsDevil

    America through the eyes of a brit for the brits. There's so much that is america, there is no way he could pssible get it all in, still what he shows is fund.

  7. Greg

    Just watched this last night. I love Stephen Fry's humor, wit, and friendly charm. But I have to admit that watching this was like some 3rd-grade-pastel-colored-popup-book version of America.

    Lobster fishermen in Main, suburban republicans and old money democrats in New Hampshire, hillbilly deer hunters in upstate, Italian gangsters in Queens, ratty old New Jersey grandmoms gambling away their retirement in Atlantic City, frumpy professors at Harvard, and of course, an Abe Lincoln impersonator. The only thing missing was a baseball game, and a picture of Stephen eating a hot dog at a 4th of July barbecue. But maybe that's coming in a later episode.

    Stephen wasn't visiting America. He was visiting the public school happy-clappy jingoistic fanstasy of America.

    1. Graham Mitchell

      I have made a separate comment relating toyours about Steven's visit Greg. His programme was spot on for such a short show. It's such a dynamic society with many more virtues than faults.

  8. robertjamesselby

    stepen fry is a national intstitution

  9. MoNKeyDaDDy

    I love the humor and wit..i have been lucky enough to have been to almost all fifty states were all the same ..but wow we are so different.. his show on depression i think it was was great...u can download the rest at a torrent site..thanks vladko..been watchin and learning for years..i love this site..

  10. Guest

    Ya gotta love Stephen Fry, he's like the worlds kindly uncle. :)

  11. knowledgeizpower

    Omg I love Stephen Fry!

  12. bornin62honest

    I think I've been waiting forever for these!!!!!
    Can't wait to see the others(hint, hint).

    thanks V. You're the sh*t!