Parents' Guide to

How to with John Wilson

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Offbeat docuseries has nudity, language, mature themes.

TV Max Reality TV 2020
How to with John Wilson Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Who will like this? Adults and mature teens who love or hate New York, people who miss human contact or interaction, people who want to move through the world with their eyes open. Who shouldn't watch How to with John Wilson? Viewers who just have shows run in the background (unless using it as a sleep aid), people who are averse to cognitive dissonance, literalists. Wilson's episodes only noddingly adhere to their titles in their first minutes -- from there, he takes viewers on journeys that can be shocking, heartwarming, illuminating, and just plain weird.

The "How to Cover Your Furniture" episode detours into a visit with a man trying to regrow his foreskin, and the "How to Improve Your Memory" episode veers into a "Mandela Effect" conference in Idaho that helps explain how conspiracy theories take hold. The final episode, "How to Make Perfect Risotto," shot at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, becomes a meditation on how much has changed during these times, and how important it is to maintain connections with the other people in our lives. This unique show, that fits into no existing boxes, seems particularly appropriate for a time when so many are rethinking where and how we fit in the world.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 23, 2020
  • Cast: John Wilson
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: May 19, 2023

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate