The Best Episodes of Da Ali G Show (US)
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2019
This outrageous comedy/reality series stars British chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen, who travels across America in the guise of one of three totally different characters. Cohen's primary alter-ego is Ali G., who calls himself a "hip-hop journalist", but who's really a white rapper-wannabe. When Cohen isn't putting Ali G and his "guests" in unusual and often delightfully uncomfortable situations, he's shedding his yellow gangsta track suit attire and slipping into two other memorable characters: Borat, an impossibly naive TV reporter from Kazakhstan, and Bruno, a gay Austrian fashionista.
#1 - Rekognize
Season 2 - Episode 2
Ali G has a serious sit-down with conservative icon Pat Buchanan, pondering the prospect of presidential partnerships, ""him""igration pros and cons, and Iraq's possession of ""BLTs."" Borat hits the campaign trail in Mississippi with a congressional candidate, then delivers a speech to the City Council after getting tips from the state's Republican Party chairman. Ali G presides over a family roundtable discussion with Michael Easley (senior pastor, The Immanuel Bible Church), Karen Mulhauser (Veteran Feminists of America), Diane Knippers (president of the Institute of Religion and Democracy) and Roger Lancaster (professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies), then visits a farm in search of the answer to a question on everybody's mind: Why are there are so many Vietnam veterinarians?
#2 - Peace
Season 2 - Episode 3
In New York to sell book ideas to high-profile publishers and agents, Ali G pitches the following would-be bestsellers: ""A Kiss on the Lips,"" a vibrating book designed to stimulate the mind and more; ""The Lord of the Rings,"" an adaptation of the hit films; an Ali G ""autobiography"" of President Bush; and more. Bruno chats with fashion guru Leon Hall about which celebrities should be kept ""in the ghetto"" or sent on a ""train to Auschwitz""; later, Bruno and ""fashion police"" James Campbell and Randy McLaughlin rate the attire of such Hollywood notables as Renee Zellweger, Peter Jackson and Paris Hilton. Ali G interviews U.S. Olympic president (and former swimming star) John Nabor about the upcoming games in Greece, pondering why there isn't an Olympic competition for world-record events like Tallest Man or Longest Moustache. Borat travels to Nashville and Tucson to ""learn to be country star."" There, he demonstrates a Kazakhstan line dance to willing square dancers, gets songwriting inspiration from country-music legend Porter Wagoner, and tests out a liberating new tune at a local lounge.
#3 - Realize
Season 2 - Episode 4
Ali G ponders issues of security - from airports to dogs to trains to green cards - with former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service James Ziglar. On the road to sample some of America's favorite hobbies, Borat winds up wrestling with a self-defense expert, making music with a yoga teacher, and sniffing up members of a new-age dance class. Ali G chats with former EPA Administrator and New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman about solar energy and dirty water, then pays a visit on some earth-minded protestors perched in the redwoods. In Miami, Bruno discusses the future of clubbing with Nerve Lounge owner James Butler, and later plays bouncer at a South Beach hot spot. Finally, Ali G moderates a expert panel discussion on animal rights, focusing on kitchen experiments, fur coats, P. Diddy, horse sex and more.
#4 - Realness
Season 2 - Episode 6
Ali G gets relationship advice from Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus author John Gray. Excited to discuss reproductive rights with a lesbian couple (after all, ""he's got loads of"" their videos), Ali G then goes to a pro-choice march in Washington, where he questions pro-lifers about their beliefs. Borat goes job-hunting, learning about American work ethics from various employment agencies. Ali G talks money with former presidential economics advisor Charles Schultze, who gives stock market advice (""don't be high when you're buying and selling""). Bruno gets wrestling lessons from a college team on spring break in Daytona Beach. And finally, Ali G gets some grammar tips from 60 Minutes pundit Andy Rooney.
#5 - Belief
Season 1 - Episode 6
Ali G pitches ideas for TV shows to Hollywood executives. Borat presents his guide to the South, touring a Charleston plantation and visiting a rodeo. Ali G conducts a studio discussion on sex. Bruno attends a football game in Alabama. Ali G interviews James Baker. Ali G attends a political rally. Ali G interviews Marlin Fitzwater.
#6 - Media
Season 1 - Episode 4
Ali G presents his guide to art. Ali G interviews James Lipton of ""Inside the Actors Studio."" Ali G conducts a studio discussion on the media. Bruno delivers a guide to LA fashion. Ali G interviews Buzz Aldrin.
#7 - Science
Season 1 - Episode 5
Ali G conducts a roundtable discussion on science. Borat visits a minor-league baseball team. Ali G interviews Ralph Nader. Borat visits a Nevada test site and protests nuclear testing. Ali G interviews C. Everett Koop.
#8 - Jah
Season 2 - Episode 5
Ali G muses about Moses and the U.S. Constitution with historian/author/""hair stylist"" Gore Vidal, then pays a visit to Mt. Vernon, the home of Washington (alas, Denzel isn't at home). Borat goes house-shopping with a realtor, taking time to ask essential buyer's questions about integration, burial sites, padded cells and bathroom soundproofing. Ali G explores safe-sex issues via a genitalia model with sex educator Sally Epstein. Bruno falls hard for a barn dancer in Georgia, but is devastated to find his obsession ultimately unrequited. Ali G conducts a panel on medical ethics with several renowned experts, pressing his guests on issues of cloning (why not clone Carmen Electra?), euthanasia (vs. ""youth in Asia"") and plastic surgery.
#9 - Respek
Season 2 - Episode 1
Ali G talks with Sam Donaldson, ""boss man of ABC News,"" about Nixon's ""Waterworld"" crisis, journalist biases and TV ratings, among other critical issues. Borat over-imbibes with a pair of genial gents at a wine tasting in Mississippi. Ali G probes the legal travails of ""The Simpsons"" with former LAPD police chief Daryl Gates, then questions a pair of ATF dog trainers about bomb-sniffers and canine discrimination.
#10 - Law and Order
Season 1 - Episode 1
Ali G tries his skills as a recruit with the Philadelphia Police Department. Borat explores the do's and don't's of dating in the U.S. Bruno gets the inside story on New York's Fashion Week. Ali G interviews former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornberg.
#11 - Politics
Season 1 - Episode 3
Ali G interviews Newt Gingrich. Bruno reports from New York's Fashion Week. Borat covers American hobbies at a gun club and gym. Ali G talks in the studio with a Drug Enforcement Agent. Ali G tries to sell a new business idea to Donald Trump.
#12 - War
Season 1 - Episode 2
Ali G interviews former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and tours the U.N. Ali G conducts a roundtable discussion of experts on religion. Borat gets a lesson in etiquette. Ali G talks to General Brent Scowcroft.