Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

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  • TV-PG
  • 2013
  • 12 Seasons
  • 8.9  (6,805)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a critically acclaimed culinary and cultural travelogue television series starring chef, writer and cultural anthropologist, Anthony Bourdain. It is a CNN show directed by Tom Vitale and produced by Zero Point Zero Productions. The show premiered on April 14, 2013, with Bourdain's visit to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), and ran for twelve seasons until June 3, 2018. The series showcased Bourdain's distinctive personality, and offered an unfiltered and immersive glimpse into the culture, history, politics, and cuisine of various global destinations.

Each episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown followed Bourdain as he traveled to a new location, often a misunderstood or unknown place, to explore its food, drink, and culture. Bourdain was known for his message of inclusion and reconciliation, seeking out individuals who are often overlooked or marginalized to share their stories and perspectives.

Throughout the show, Bourdain was a fearless and curious gastronomic adventurer who was open to trying out new foods and drinks, offer insights into the local cuisine, their origins, and their cultural significance. He was known for being honest in his appraisal of a dish or drink, and never held back on his views.

The show had a trademark personal touch wherein Bourdain interacted with local chefs, restaurant owners, and everyday people, discovering the hidden gems that only locals know about the destination. Through their experiences and stories, Bourdain built a narrative that explored cultural norms, history, and reality in a way that brought people and places alive for the viewer.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was not merely about food or travel, but rather an exploration of how people and cultures intersect with each other, a theme that Bourdain explored throughout the show. Bourdain's philosophy was all about using food and culture as a lens to observe and better understand people.

The show won numerous awards over the years, including five Primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award in 2013. The show also served as inspiration for other travel and food shows, and cemented Bourdain's legacy as a cultural icon in the culinary world.

In conclusion, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was an influential and groundbreaking travel and food show that combined culinary exploration with cultural immersion. It was a celebration of diversity, inclusion, and understanding through the lens of food and culture. Bourdain's legacy remains, and the show remains a testament to his inquisitiveness, adventurous spirit, and empathy towards the people and cultures he encountered throughout his travels.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (100 episodes). The series first aired on April 14, 2013.

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Lower East Side
7. Lower East Side
November 11, 2018
Anthony Bourdain takes a personal journey through this formerly bohemian New York City neighborhood, as he meets, shares meals and reflects with music, film and art trailblazers including Richard Hell, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, Fab 5 Freddy, Danny Fields, Amos Poe, Jim Jarmusch, Kembra Pfahler, John Lurie, Clayton Patterson and Harley Flanagan, whose collective cultural impact in the 1970's and '80's has sustained through the decades.
Behind the Scenes
6. Behind the Scenes
October 28, 2018
Anthony Bourdain's relationship with his crew, the team that traveled with him and slogged through the trenches, was like no other in his life. In this episode the people who made Parts Unknown select moments from their episodes and pull back the curtain, to talk about collaboration, creative freedom, moments when Bourdain had their back or called them out, the times when he was caught off guard or forgot the cameras were even there.
Far West Texas
5. Far West Texas
October 21, 2018
Anthony Bourdain travels to the untamed land of Big Bend, Texas near the Mexican border; an area that pits man against nature and in which the land usually wins. Bourdain shares meals with working cowboys who have made peace with the rough terrain, and meets with an anthropologist who decoded prehistoric landmark, the White Shaman wall painting.
Bourdain's Impact
4. Bourdain's Impact
October 14, 2018
This episode explores how Anthony Bourdain's unique perspective and voice altered the world of food, travel, and culture and in the process reinvented how audiences watched television and engaged intimately and actively with the world around them.
3. Indonesia
October 7, 2018
A shadow puppet performance provides an entry into understanding Indonesia, a country comprised of thousands of islands whose people endured political turmoil, and one in which, Bourdain discovers, food is the great unifier. In this fourth largest country in the world, every area has it's own unique traditions. In Jakarta, Bourdain eats at a Padang Restaurant where nearly every menu item comes to the table; while in Bali he visits the beach, commenting on yoga before joining in a traditional Balinese Funeral ceremony.
Asturias, Spain
2. Asturias, Spain
September 30, 2018
Bourdain travels to the enchanted region of Asturias, Spain with chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, as he makes a return to his homeland.
1. Kenya
September 23, 2018
Bourdain introduces W. Kamau Bell ("United Shades of America") to Kenya, including its distinctive sights, tastes, and sounds.
Where to Watch Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is available for streaming on the CNN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on demand at Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 14, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    8.9  (6,805)