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1. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Myanmar (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

With the slight relaxation of control by the government of Myanmar, Tony is finally able to explore one of the most beautiful areas of Asia.

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Zarni Bo, Side Effect, Philippe Lajaunie

Votes: 145

2. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Los Angeles (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain examines the meeting point of Asian, Mexican, Latino culture in modern LA.

Director: Michael Steed | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, David Choe, Jane Choe, Jim Choe

Votes: 111

3. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Colombia (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Tony will explore several regions of the country from the mountains down to the Caribbean coast to the coca leaf growing inlands formerly controlled by drug cartels.

Director: Sally Freeman | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Joaquin San Clemente, Mario Galeano

Votes: 108

4. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Canada (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

The two funniest and most brilliant chef/restaurateurs in Canada take us across Canada by rail.

Director: Michael Steed | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Carl Blondin, Francois Jobin, Patrick Lagacé

Votes: 133

5. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: American Muscle (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

In this high-octane premiere, Jay revisits the American muscle car golden era. He explores what started the trend, why they're so valuable today, and if there's a rebirth on the horizon. He visits pal and muscle car aficionado Tim Allen.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Tim Allen, Erica Enders

Votes: 27

6. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: The Driving Force (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

Baseball player C.J. Wilson, automaker John Hennessey and actor Laurence Fishburne discuss their passion for cars.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Laurence Fishburne, John Hennessey

Votes: 17

7. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: Beasts of Burden (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

Jay drives a fire truck through the winding streets of San Francisco; races an Abrams tank at Fort Irwin in California; travels at high speeds with the Secret Service; and examines an alternative to the postal truck.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Ken Block, Tony Escalona

Votes: 15

8. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: The Cars of Tomorrow (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

Francis Ford Coppola is interviewed. Also: Jay drives a 3-D printed car; and observes vehicles that can go over 3000 miles per gallon.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Tony Cerruti, Francis Ford Coppola

Votes: 19

9. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: California Cruisin' (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

A tour of California features a ride with a legendary motorcycle club; a visit with east Los Angeles hot-rodders; an exploration of the Ridge Route; and a look inside a secret vault at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Art Avalos, R.J. de Vera

Votes: 18

10. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: Off the Beaten Path (2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

Jay explores rough terrain with off-road racer Amy Lerner and races ventriloquist Jeff Dunham in an amphibious car. Also: a look at designer Baron Margo' creations.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Mark T. Allen, Jeff Dunham

Votes: 17

11. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Prime Cuts: Season 6 (2016)

TV-PG | Documentary, Adventure

Add a Plot

Director: Tom Vitale | Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 7

14. How It's Made (2001– )
Episode: Mosquito Coils, Solar-Assist Tricycles, Palm Oil, Fiberglass Chopper Guns (2016)

TV-G | 21 min | Documentary

Find out how mosquito coils, solar-assist tricycles, palm oil, & fiberglass chopper guns are made.

Star: Brooks T. Moore

Votes: 6

15. Outrageous Acts of Science (2012– )
Episode: Wild Things (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

We're heading into the wild to find the craziest critters and weirdest natural events. We've got kangaroos in a bag, under ice swimming and a subterranean hot air ballooning world record. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Cappelletti | Stars: Helen Arney, Raychelle Burks, Debbie Berebichez, Carin Bondar

16. Outrageous Acts of Science (2012– )
Episode: Not Safe for Work (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

We're counting down the most amazing - and dangerous - work place clips. From office pranks, and lifesaving drones to construction site skills. This is as far from your typical 9 to 5 as it's possible to get! These guys are working it!

Director: Andrew Cappelletti | Stars: Helen Arney, Raychelle Burks, Debbie Berebichez, Carin Bondar

17. Outrageous Acts of Science (2012– )
Episode: Beast Mode (2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

We're putting the human body to the test. Our viral video makers are going full 'Beast Mode' as they show off their skill, strength and intelligence. From tongue twisting tricks to human ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Cappelletti | Stars: Helen Arney, Raychelle Burks, Debbie Berebichez, Carin Bondar

18. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Tblisi, Georgia (2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure

Zamir Gotta upstages Bourdain on a tour of the mountainous Eurasian country, featuring food from Tbilisi, Batumi, and Khurvaleti.

Stars: Keti Bochorishvili, Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta, Tamuna Gvaberidze

Votes: 55

19. Jay Leno's Garage (2015– )
Episode: Essence of Cool (2016)

TV-14 | 42 min | Documentary

Jay takes a motorcycle road trip with rock legend Anthony Kiedis, learns how to drive like James Bond with stuntman Ben Collins, and cruises through the Hollywood Hills with his own personal icon, jazzman Herbie Hancock.

Stars: Jay Leno, Donald Osborne, Beau Boeckmann, Ben Collins

Votes: 17

20. Modern Marvels (1993– )
Episode: Hunting Gear (2002)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

Add a Plot

Stars: Lloyd Sherr, James A. Swan

Votes: 5

21. How It's Made (2001– )
Episode: Angle Grinders, Berry Baskets, and Omnidirectional Speakers (2016)

TV-G | 21 min | Documentary

Find out how angle grinders, berry baskets, and omnidirectional speakers are made.

Directors: Yanick Legrand, Yan Savard, François Senécal-Tremblay, Félix St-Jacques | Star: Brooks T. Moore

Votes: 5

22. How It's Made (2001– )
Episode: Cartridge Blades, Chocolate Banana Loaves, Vending Machines, Dive Computers (2016)

TV-G | 21 min | Documentary

Find out how cartridge blades, chocolate banana loaves, vending machines, and dive computers are made.

Star: Brooks T. Moore

Votes: 5

23. Ancient Aliens (2009– )
Episode: Alien Breeders (2014)

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

Demonic seduction... hybrid offspring... and strange abductions. In cultures throughout the world, there are tales of intimate encounters with otherworldly beings. But could these stories ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Mike Bara, Bill Chalker, David Childress

Votes: 59

24. Ancient Aliens (2009– )
Episode: The Alien Evolution (2015)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

Ancient Astronaut theorists have suggested that many of the divine beings depicted in cultures throughout the world are not really divine--or mythological--but instead reflect ... See full summary »

Director: Susan E. Leventhal | Stars: Christopher Chacon, Robert Clotworthy, Dominic Steavu

Votes: 53

25. Modern Marvels (1993– )
Episode: War Planes of World War II (2000)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

The men behind the most famous names in aircraft, such as Boeing, Grumman, and Douglas spent the thirties fighting for air passenger superiority. That all changed when the Japanese attacked... See full summary »

Star: Peter Thomas

Votes: 6

26. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Hanoi (2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain joins the throngs of locals as he motorbikes through Vietnam's capital and indulges in its singular cuisine with president Barack Obama, who, over a dish of Bun Cha, shares ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Barack Obama

Votes: 101

27. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Morocco (Tangier) (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

What Burroughs called "Interzone", where artists like Burroughs, Bowles, Rimbaud, Verlaine, the Rolling Stones sought escape from Western moral prohibitions and the possibilities of great empty spaces.

Directors: Jared Andrukanis, Nick Brigden | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Bachir Attar, George Bajalia, Hassan Belhaj

Votes: 94

28. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Libya (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain looks at the country through personal stories, food--and the music of anti-Qaddafi rapper expats who returned to fight.

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Jawhar Aboshkiwat, Akram Al-Gdery, Michel Cousins

Votes: 100

29. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Peru (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Tony and his friend, world-renowned chef Eric Ripert, explore the far reaches of indigenous Andes in search of a rare variety of wild cocoa that is said to be the "best" in the world.

Director: Sally Freeman | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Curtin, Marisa Guiulfo, Coque Ossio

Votes: 87

30. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Congo (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain looks at the Congo as one of the more industrialized powers in Africa now largely crumbled to nothingness and chaos.

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Pierre Musala Abeka, Kasongo Bertan, Horeb Bulambo

Votes: 106

31. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Spain (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Explores Andalucía during Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter), a time filled with great pageantry and excitement.

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Curro Albaicín, David Fandila, Rafael Luque

Votes: 86

32. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: New Mexico (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Parts Unknown takes a close look at the mash-up of cultures that comprise this uniquely American state by sampling its food - a combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo and ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Dan Flores, David Manzanares

Votes: 72

33. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Copenhagen (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

This episode explores the food and natural beauty of Copenhagen, the economic and cultural center of Denmark.

Director: Tom Vitale | Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 101

34. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Sicily (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Parts Unknown explores the Sicilian way of life, which puts a premium on savoring family, life, and food. Bourdain travels in search of those foods as he eats his way around the island.

Director: Sally Freeman | Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 88

35. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: South Africa (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

In this episode, Bourdain visits the suburb of Hillbrow (which remains a dangerous locale), spends a day in the life of a taxi driver and discovers the culture and food that make up modern day Johannesburg.

Director: Sally Freeman | Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 66

36. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Tokyo (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Japan is a paradox. The low birthrate, the dedication, the conformity, and the life of a salary man are well known. There is also a competitive and rigid culture that gives way to some ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Brigden | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Ko Iwagami

Votes: 102

37. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Detroit (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Few cities have experienced such a dramatic economic rise and fall of Detroit. In this episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain explores the past, present and future of the Motor City.

Director: Michael Steed | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Charlie LeDuff, Craig Lieckfelt, Adolph Mongo

Votes: 87

38. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Prime Cuts: Season 2 (2014)

TV-PG | Documentary, Adventure

A retrospective of Season Two with a preview to Season Three.

Director: Tom Vitale | Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 12

39. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Punjab, India (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

In the Season 3 premiere of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," Tony explores Punjab -- one of the most beautiful and relatively unknown areas of India. Punjab is the Sikh Holy Land, and is also India's agricultural breadbasket.

Director: Tom Vitale | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Uday Sripathi

Votes: 83

40. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Las Vegas (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Anthony Bourdain travels to Las Vegas, a city known for over-indulgence, with food author Michael Ruhlman and visits locales that include Huntridge Tavern (in the shadow of the strip), and famed restaurant é by Jose Andres.

Stars: Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Anthony Bondi, Oscar Goodman

Votes: 76

41. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Lyon (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

In this food-centric episode, Bourdain accompanies world-renowned chef/restaurateur Daniel Boulud as they travel back to Boulud's hometown of Lyon, France for a "once-in-a-lifetime" ... See full summary »

Director: Toby Oppenheimer | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Paul Bocuse, Daniel Boulud

Votes: 101

42. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Mexico City (2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain travels to Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Cuernavaca to commune with local residents who express their passion through food, art, and the struggle for an improved quality of life. ... See full summary »

Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 67

43. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Mexico City (2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain travels to Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Cuernavaca to commune with local residents who express their passion through food, art, and the struggle for an improved quality of life. ... See full summary »

Star: Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 67

44. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Russia (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

On the eve of the Olympic games in Sochi, Bourdain takes his first trip in nearly 10 years to Russia, accompanied by his longtime traveling partner Zamir Gotta. Looking through the lens of ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Miller | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, Zamir Gotta, Travis Leake, Alexander Lebedev

Votes: 70

45. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Mississippi Delta (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

Bourdain goes off the beaten path and explores some of the food and history of Mississippi including downtown Jackson's Big Apple Inn, known for its "Pig Ear Sandwich" and as a Civil Rights... See full summary »

Director: Ben Selkow | Stars: Anthony Bourdain, John Currence, Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin

Votes: 63

46. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–2018)
Episode: Thailand (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.7