Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
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Created by Zero Point Zero Production Inc.
Starring Anthony Bourdain (host)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 35
Running time 42 minutes
Original channel CNN
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run April 14, 2013 – present
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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is an American travel and food show on CNN which premiered on April 14, 2013. In the show, Anthony Bourdain travels to places that are not tourist attractions, which are thought to be unknown to most people.[1] The fourth season of Parts Unknown premiered on September 28, 2014.


Season 1[edit]

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1 1 "Myanmar" April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)
With the slight relaxation of control by the government of Myanmar, Tony is finally able to explore one of the most fabled and beautiful areas of Asia.
2 2 "Los Angeles" April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)
Tony travels to Los Angeles—but with a twist. No Hollywood sign, no Beverly Hills. Instead, he zeroes in on a three square-mile area of the city known as Koreatown, where he finds a tight-knit community still marked by the 1992 Rodney King riots.
3 3 "Colombia" April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)
The public face of Colombia has changed immensely over the past ten years and is still changing for the better. 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.
4 4 "Canada" May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)
Bourdain travels to remote areas within the province of Quebec where he samples local delicacies, explores ice fishing and beaver hunting and spends time with two of the funniest and most brilliant chef/restauranteurs in Canada, Joe Beef's Dave McMillan and Fred Morin.
5 5 "Morocco (Tangier)" May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)
Tony explores the "Interzone", where artists like Burroughs, Bowles, and the Rolling Stones sought escape from Western moral prohibitions and the possibilities of great empty spaces. Does that "anything goes" attitude still exist?
6 6 "Libya" May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)
Libyan hip-hop, Italian restaurants, tribal allegiances and post-war uncertainty in Libya. Bourdain looks at the country through personal stories, food—and the music of anti-Qaddafi rapper expats who returned to fight.
7 7 "Peru" June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)
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. They move from hip, modern Lima back in time into pre-Columbian Peru.
8 8 "Congo" June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09)
Tony visits Congo, the setting of one of his favorite books, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and the basis for one of his favorite movies, Apocalypse Now.

Season 2[edit]

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1 9 "Prime Cuts: Season One[2]" September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
A retrospective of season one and preview of season two.
2 10 "Jerusalem" September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
The host and crew make their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. While the political situation is often tense between the people living in these areas, Bourdain concentrates on their rich history, food and culture, and spends time with local chefs, home cooks, writers and amateur foodies.
3 11 "Spain" September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
Anthony explores Andalucía during Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter), a time filled with great pageantry and excitement. Featured in this episode is Bourdain's longtime Director of Photography Zach Zamboni, who lives part-time in Granada and shows the host sights off the beaten path and immerses them in tapas culture.
4 12 "New Mexico" September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)
The show takes a close look at the mash-up of cultures that comprise this uniquely American state. Tony and crew sample New Mexico's food — a combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pueblo and even chuck-wagon influences. New Mexico is also a land of drugs, guns, monster vehicles, and possibly extraterrestrials. It may also be the perfect place to investigate the underside of the Western cowboy ideal.
5 13 "Copenhagen" October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)
This episode explores the food and natural beauty of Copenhagen, the economic and cultural center of Denmark. The episode focuses on chef René Redzepi and his Michelin two star restaurant, Noma. Noma was ranked as "The Best Restaurant in the World" in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by Restaurant magazine.
6 14 "Sicily" October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)
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. He makes his home base at the Villa Monaci, on the outskirts of Catania with his enthusiastic, fast-talking sidekicks who counter the otherwise relaxed tempo and epic "food porn" of this episode.
7 15 "South Africa" October 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)
Once considered the most dangerous city in the world, Johannesburg now barely makes the top 50. But the end of the apartheid has led to vast changes in the city.
8 16 "Tokyo" November 3, 2013 (2013-11-03)
Bourdain has traveled to Tokyo countless times, but on this trip he is in search of the city's dark, extreme, and bizarrely fetishistic underside. 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 unique subcultures.
9 17 "Detroit" November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10)
Bourdain steps into the lives of Detroit natives and sees the glory days of the past at the famed Packard Plant, the current state of the city's urban decay, and the promise of the future in the citizens who are rebuilding their communities.

Season 3[edit]

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1 18 "Prime Cuts: Season Two[2]" April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)
A retrospective of season two and preview of season three.
2 19 "Punjab, India" April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)
In the season premiere, the host dives into the ever-changing state of Punjab with a trip to Amritsar, sampling cuisine at the dhabas (roadside restaurants), a gurpurb festival (Sikh celebration), Chapslee Estate and a free community vegetarian restaurant, while meeting with local residents who give their perspectives on life in this sometimes contentious region of India, bordering Pakistan.
3 20 "Las Vegas" April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)
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 by Jose Andres. Also featured in the episode are Penn Jillette, and former mayor Oscar Goodman.
4 21 "Lyon" April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)
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" pilgrimage to the so-called Mecca of French cuisine's rich food culture and legendary chefs, with a focus on Nouvelle Cuisine innovator Paul Bocuse.
5 22 "Mexico City" May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04)
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. Bourdain talks with journalist Anabel Hernández on the impact of the area’s drug trade-related violence and how it affects local quality of life.
6 23 "Russia" May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11)
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 a now Putin-controlled Russia, Bourdain confers with prominent locals, visits Moscow’s historic Metropol Hotel, takes the Grand Express train to St. Petersburg, and explores the drinking and dining scene.
7 24 "Mississippi Delta" May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18)
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 Era gathering place, and then travels into the Mississippi Delta to Po’ Monkey’s Social Club, a juke joint located in an old sharecropper structure.
8 25 "Thailand" June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01)
Bourdain and his crew head to the Chiang Mai Province of Northern Thailand along with celebrated chef and Thai food specialist Andy Ricker (Pok Pok restaurants) to explore the country’s distinctive eating and drinking scene that varies by region and season.
9 26 "Bahia, Brazil" June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08)
Parts Unknown tours Bahia, known as the “African heart of Brazil” and internationally recognized for its Afro-Brazilian music, art, design and food. A look at the dance/martial art of Capoeira, the region’s legendary food vendors, Salvadoran fishing neighborhoods, and a BBQ on the beach are featured.

Season 4[3][edit]

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1 27 "Prime Cuts: Season Three" September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
A retrospective of season three and preview of season four.
2 28 "Shanghai" September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)
In the season 4 premiere of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," Tony visits Shanghai, witnessing firsthand the effects of China's booming economy on the vast nation. He explores aspects of Chinese history and culture that still resonate today amid the modern city's flashing lights and newly-minted status as China's capitalist cornerstone. And in true Bourdain fashion, he seeks out the best street food.
3 29 "The Bronx" October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)
Anthony Bourdain explores the rich cultural diversity and unique variety of cuisines the Bronx has to offer. From the Bronx's role in the birth of hip-hop to traditional Jamaican tonics to deep fried pig parts, Tony unearths the energy, vibe and rhythm of this oft overlooked borough of New York City.
4 30 "Paraguay" October 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)
A South American country of 6 million, much of the oppressively hot landlocked nation of Paraguay is jungle terrain or desert known as "the Chaco." It also holds a Bourdain family mystery.
5 31 "Vietnam" October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19)
Bourdain visits the former Vietnamese Imperial capital of Huế in Central Vietnam, the nation's spiritual, cultural and culinary capital, where he tries local specialties such as Bún bò Huế, Bún hến (clams with rice noodles topped with clam broth & pork rinds), Bánh bèo and Bánh bột lọc (cassava flour cakes topped with pan-fried shrimp, pork belly & green onions) at street-side vendors and restaurants. He visits Đông Ba Market, a local artist's home sampling Vietnamese imperial court cuisine, a local fishing village, and the communist Vịnh Mốc tunnels north of the former DMZ. Anthony revisits the 1968 Tet Offensive, including the Battle of Huế and the Huế Massacre, where 3000 civilians were massacred by the Viet Cong.
6 32 "Tanzania" October 26, 2014 (2014-10-26)
Leaving behind the Africa we've come to know in the news — full of corruption, poverty and conflict — Tony embraces the wild, untamed continent of mystery, adventure and exoticism during a visit to Tanzania.
7 33 "Iran" November 2, 2014 (2014-11-02)
Bourdain bravely and for once shines the light on the Iranian people vs the oppressive government. Although this episode get a bit more politically involved than others such is the nature of the locale. Isfahan and Tehran are particularly visited as well as two private homes for traditional Persian cooking. The episode ends with a nightlife scene in Northern Tehran.
8 34 "Massachusetts" November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09)
Revisits Bourdain's upbringing in Cape Cod. Much of the show is about the current heroin addiction of whites.
9 35 "Jamaica" November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)
Explores the development of Jamaica by the rich at the expense of the native poor.


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