The Layover

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  • TV-PG
  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.2  (1,829)

The Layover was a television series that aired on the Travel Channel from 2011 to 2013. The show was hosted by Anthony Bourdain, an American chef and television personality known for his passion for travel and food. The concept of the show was to showcase how to make the most of a layover in a city, as Bourdain explored different destinations around the world.

The Layover was shot in 24 to 48 hours and aimed to provide a comprehensive guide on how travelers can maximize their time in a city, even if they only have a few hours to spare. The show primarily targeted business travelers who frequently find themselves in cities for short amounts of time, but it was also geared towards leisure travelers who wanted to explore a city on a budget.

The Layover was a unique travel show in that it focused on quick, digestible, and practical tips for travelers looking to explore a city in a short amount of time. It provided a blend of culture, nightlife, and food that can be explored even when on a brief visit. Bourdain was the perfect host as he has extensive experience as a world traveler and a deep passion for food. He served as a guide for viewers on how to enjoy the best food and drinks in each city, regardless of the budget.

Each episode of The Layover focused on a different city, and Bourdain would spend 24 to 48 hours in each place. The cities featured were some of the most popular and visited destinations in the world, including Amsterdam, Paris, London, and San Francisco. Bourdain would start each episode by visiting iconic landmarks in the city and then move on to explore the local food, culture, and nightlife.

Bourdain explored local food scenes in a way that was both informative and entertaining. He showcased new and exciting restaurants that were not typically included in usual travel guides. He also introduced viewers to local dishes and delicacies, as well as tips on where to find the best and most authentic food in each city. Bourdain also spent time sampling street food, which he believed was an important part of a city's food culture.

The show also included Bourdain's interactions with locals, which added to the authenticity of the experience. He talked to taxi drivers, chefs, bartenders, artists, and other residents of the city to get an insider's perspective on what made the city unique. He also offered recommendations on the best places to stay, drink, and have fun, making the show not only informative but also entertaining.

The Layover had an edgy and fast-paced vibe, with a music video-like production value that added excitement and energy to the show. The show was different from other travel shows, as it focused on how to make the most of a layover rather than the usual itinerary of popular tourist destinations. The show was well received by critics and audiences alike, and it was considered one of the best travel shows on television.

In conclusion, The Layover was a travel show that was all about making the most of a layover in a city, as Anthony Bourdain explored different destinations around the world. The show was unique in that it provided practical tips for travelers looking to explore a city in a short amount of time. Bourdain's passion for food and travel made him an excellent host, and his interactions with locals added a touch of authenticity to the show. The Layover was well-received by critics and viewers alike and was considered one of the best travel shows on television.

The Layover is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (34 episodes). The series first aired on November 21, 2011.

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10. Seattle
February 4, 2013
The second season comes to a close in Seattle where Anthony visits an artisan-cheese shop. Later, he gets an aerial view of the city from a seaplane, and then explores the city's underbelly.
New Orleans
9. New Orleans
January 28, 2013
In the town of excess, New Orleans, Tony indulges in fresh crab & shrimp, drinks Sazerac with Davis Rogan a Treme inspired character, hits the Kingpin & tops off with tacos from one of the nations top 20 foods trucks.
8. Taipei
January 21, 2013
Tony visits Taipei, Taiwan, and explores one of the largest skyscrapers in the world, as well as a museum that has a piece of jade carved into the shape of pork on display.
7. Atlanta
January 14, 2013
Tony visits Atlanta in a muscle car, and stops to shoot guns with Empire State South executive chef Ryan Smith. He also visits the city's oldest strip club and eats a burger at Holeman & Finch Public House.
6. Dublin
January 7, 2013
Anthony spends a day and a half in Ireland and samples sweetbreads, pork stew and lamb.
5. Toronto
December 17, 2012
Culinary discoveries in Toronto include Mexican takeout, hand-cut fries with cheese curds, and a sandwich made with peameal bacon.
Sao Paulo
4. Sao Paulo
December 10, 2012
In Sao Paulo, Anthony Bourdain sleeps in an eccentric boat-shaped hotel, dines with friends at Alex Atala's famous D.O.M. restaurant, checks out the street graffiti with celebrated artist Speto and has nose-to-tail food at Mocoto.
3. Philadelphia
December 3, 2012
Tony takes a cheesesteak-free tour of Philadelphia, and instead samples chef Marc Vetri's modern take on Israeli cuisine. Later, he hangs at the neighborhood bar Dirty Frank's, and follows in the Founding Fathers' footsteps.
2. Paris
November 26, 2012
Tony enjoys his time in Paris by sipping coffee at Le Pure Café, ordering the shellfish tower at Le Dôme, observing the craft of making bread, and shopping for a duck press.
1. Chicago
November 19, 2012
In the second season opener, Tony visits Chicago's diverse neighborhoods (and dive bars). Among the highlights: the International Museum of Surgical Science; and an informal poll of locals as to whether they really eat deep-dish pizza. Also: hot dogs, Polish sausages and Italian beef sandwiches are sampled.
Extra Miles: Los Angeles
100. Extra Miles: Los Angeles
July 24, 2014
Anthony Bourdain has less than two days to sample the best food that LA has to offer. He stays at one of Hollywood's most luxurious and legendary hotels, Chateau Marmont.
Extra Miles: Miami
101. Extra Miles: Miami
July 31, 2014
Honoring his love for Miami Vice, Tony takes in the South Beach Art Deco architecture scene and spots bikini clad roller bladers while cruising around in his red convertible.
Extra Miles: San Francisco
102. Extra Miles: San Francisco
August 7, 2014
Tony Bourdain is in San Francisco, a city known by vegan and vegetarian lovers alike. He discovers that San Francisco is actually a "bare-knuckled, 2-fisted drinking town," where you can get a great meal of raw juicy meat for under $20.
Extra Miles: Hong Kong
103. Extra Miles: Hong Kong
August 14, 2014
Tony has a 48 hour layover in the exciting city of Hong Kong.
Extra Miles: Philadelphia
104. Extra Miles: Philadelphia
August 21, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Philadelphia.
Extra Miles: Atlanta
105. Extra Miles: Atlanta
August 28, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Atlanta.
Extra Miles: Toronto
106. Extra Miles: Toronto
September 25, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Toronto.
Extra Miles: Sao Paolo
107. Extra Miles: Sao Paolo
October 2, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Sao Paolo.
Extra Miles: New York
108. Extra Miles: New York
October 16, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to New York.
Extra Miles: Dublin
109. Extra Miles: Dublin
October 23, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Dublin.
Extra Miles: Taipei
110. Extra Miles: Taipei
October 30, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Taipei.
Extra Miles: Chicago
111. Extra Miles: Chicago
November 13, 2014
Tony has an extended visit to Chicago.
Extra Miles: Paris
112. Extra Miles: Paris
November 20, 2014
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Extra Miles: Montreal
113. Extra Miles: Montreal
November 27, 2014
Summary not available
Where to Watch The Layover
The Layover is available for streaming on the Travel Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Layover on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 21, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (1,829)