Fishing With John

Fishing with John is a 1991 television series conceived, directed by and starring actor and musician John Lurie, which earned a cult following. 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 interaction between Lurie and his guests, all of whom are his friends. 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 guests featured are film director Jim Jarmusch, actor Matt Dillon, musician Tom Waits, actor Willem Dafoe and 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, with several guest performers (see below).  Fishing With John originally aired on IFC and Bravo cable channels in 1991.

Fishing With John - Thailand With Dennis Hopper

John Lurie and Dennis Hopper go searching for giant squid in Thailand.

Fishing With John - Maine with Willem Dafoe

John Lurie takes Willem Dafoe ice fishing in northern Maine. Really.

Fishing With John - Costa Rica With Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon and John Lurie go fishing together in Costa Rica. Seriously.

Fishing with John - Jamaica With Tom Waits

John Lurie and Tom Waits fish for red snapper in Jamaica together.

Fishing With John - Montauk with Jim Jarmusch

Fishing for shark off the coast of Montauk, New York State. Out here, the shark is at the top of the food chain.