Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (Season 1) (2017)

British comedian Jack Whitehall and his father embark on a three-country tour in this entertaining reality show, bickering and bonding as they travel through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It’s a reality show so there’s a significant amount of insincerity to the proceedings: It’s pretty obvious that a significant chunk of the show is scripted, and while that has a tendency to take the viewer out of the experience, it’s pretty much expected of the genre. Luckily, both Whitehalls are charming onscreen presences, thanks to their individual sense of humor and their bickering rapport, which is charming and surprisingly endearing. Overall it’s lightweight as can be, with not much going on except the father and son duo interacting with each other, but there are some moments here and there where the two seem to be dealing with real, long-held resentments and disappointments that register as electrifyingly real. It’s only six episodes so it’s over pretty fast, and it’s terrific for casual viewing.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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