- Fishing with John
show_name = Fishing with John
format = Fishing show
runtime = 147 min
num_episodes = 6
imdb_id = 0139776
tv_com_id = |
"Fishing with John" is a 1991 cult
TV seriesdirected by and starring actor and musician John Lurie. On the surface, the series resembles a standard travel or fishing show: In each episode, Lurie takes a famous guest on a fishing expedition. Since Lurie has no expert knowledge of fishing, the interest is in the conversations between Lurie and the guests, all of whom are friends of Lurie. Nothing particularly unusual actually happens, but the show is edited and narrated in a way to suggest that Lurie and his guest are involved in dramatic and even supernatural adventures. The deadpan, laconic style of the show is heavily influenced by the films of director Jim Jarmusch, who appears as the guest in the first episode.
Besides Jarmusch, the guests featured are actor
Matt Dillon, musician Tom Waits, actor Willem Dafoeand actor-director Dennis Hopper. The series ran for 6 episodes, each featuring a different guest and locale, except for episodes 5 and 6 which both feature Hopper in Thailand. Each episode has voice-overnarration by Robb Webb, which is sometimes bizarre and off-topic. The soundtrack is by Lurie.
The entire series is available on
DVDfrom The Criterion Collectionand features a commentary trackby Lurie on each episode.
References in popular culture
Scenes from the episode with Jim Jarmusch were used in the
SpongeBob SquarePantsepisode, "Hooky".
In the popular
Strong Bad Emailcartoon segments at the Homestar Runnerwebsite, the email entitled "Lures & Jigs" references the Jim Jarmusch episode: When you see Strong Bad and Coach Z in a fishing boat, the casio sound effect preceding Jarmusch's line "Why am I here?" is heard. Homestar Runner creators The Brothers Chapspoint out this reference on the Strong Bad Email DVD commentary.
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20070517143918/http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=42&eid=58§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by Michael Azzerrad]
*imdb title|id=0139776|title=Fishing with John
* [http://www.citypaper.net/articles/061198/20Q.shtml Interview with John Lurie regarding "Fishing with John"]
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