May 25, 2023

HBO announced today that How To with John Wilson will be coming to an end after its upcoming third season. It has been over a year since the comedic docuseries was picked up for Season 3. The show took 2022 off after airing its first two seasons in 2020 and 2021.

Documentary filmmaker John Wilson writes, directs, and films all the episodes, in which he sets out on a comical odyssey of self-discovery by covertly observing and filming the lives and culture of fellow New Yorkers while trying to share some friendly advice along the way.

"As we started work on season 3 I found it exciting to think of it as the last one," said Wilson in a statement. "It ended up opening a lot of narrative possibilities that weren't available to us before and gave us the freedom to try some really ambitious stuff.

"While a part of me would be happy to go on making 'How To' indefinitely, I take a lot of pride in trying to make the style and imagery feel surprising, and I would prefer to end the show while that's still the case. Thematically, we also kind of reach a vanishing point by the finale, and it felt like a natural place to sign off.

"I plan to continue to experiment within the world of non-fiction and any ideas I have left over will just be put into the next thing. The project of documenting the current moment never really ends and even if the work changes title and shifts form, there will always be something worth capturing.

"It's a miracle that a program like this ever made it on to HBO in the first place, and after 18 episodes, it feels like we pulled off some kind of incredible heist. I feel melancholy ending a project with such an amazing team, but I can't be more thankful to HBO for their support, and for the fact that they let us experiment for three amazing seasons. So if you're a fan of the show - thanks for watching, and buckle up, because there's a crazy trip you're about to take."

Season 3 of How To with John Wilson premieres on July 28.