The BEST Episodes of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2020

Network: BBC Two

Louis Theroux gives viewers the chance to get brief glimpses of things they wouldn't normally come into contact with. In most cases this means interviewing people with extreme beliefs of some kind, or diving into obscure or marginalized subcultures.


#1 - Wrestling

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 6, 1999

In his final challenge, Louis Theroux investigates the most extreme American wrestling organisations. He hangs out with the WCW wrestlers of Monday Night Nitro and considers joining the Independent Wrestling Federation, who use barbed wire to spice up their shows.

star 8.41
85 votes
Directors: Ed Robbins
Writers: Louis Theroux
India: Enlightenment

#2 - India: Enlightenment

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2000

Louis Theroux explores the weirder fringes of society, travelling to India, land of spirituality, where he hopes to find the meaning of life.

star 8.33
52 votes
Directors: Peter Jamieson
Writers: Louis Theroux

#3 - Self-Fulfilment

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2000

Louis Theroux explores weirder fringes of society, arriving in Las Vegas on the trail of personal motivators who claim to be able to use hypnosis to help people's relationships with the opposite sex.

star 8.27
105 votes
Writers: Louis Theroux

#4 - UFOs

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 22, 1998

Louis Theroux continues his journey through the fringes of American society, visiting the deserts of the south west where UFO sightings are often reported.

star 7.93
145 votes
Directors: Debbie Geller
Writers: Louis Theroux

#5 - Infomercials

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 12, 1999

Louis Theroux explores the weirder fringes of American society. Theroux tries his persuasive selling skills on the Home Shopping Network in Florida, a television channel devoted to non-stop, around-the-clock selling. He enters a world of inventors, pitchmen and visionaries, all obsessed with making their product the next big thing.

star 7.91
132 votes
Directors: Ed Robbins
Writers: Louis Theroux
Head for the Hills

#6 - Head for the Hills

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 5, 1998

In Idaho, Louis meets right-wing patriots and militia enthusiasts who are preparing for what they believe is inevitable global catastrophe.

star 7.70
105 votes
Directors: Ed Robbins
Writers: Louis Theroux

#7 - Whites

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 2000

Louis Theroux continues his exploration of the weirder fringes of society. He visits whites-only communities in South Africa that are refusing to accept the end of Apartheid and also meets white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche.

star 7.64
75 votes
Directors: Kate Townsend
Writers: Louis Theroux

#8 - Swingers

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 26, 1999

Louis Theroux continues his exploration of the fringes of American society. He visits Southern California, home to a group of people known as swingers. There he meets Gary and Margaret Lee who host parties at their home but only for swinger couples, so Louis goes searching for a date.

star 7.55
101 votes
Writers: Louis Theroux

#9 - Porn

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 29, 1998

Louis Theroux investigates the world of the male porn performer. With his finely-honed physique and classy English accent, he doesn't have to wait long before landing his first part, playing the all-important part of park ranger.

star 7.53
187 votes
Writers: Louis Theroux
Black Nationalism

#10 - Black Nationalism

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 2, 1999

Louis Theroux travels to New York, the epicentre of the radical black nationalist movement, to meet proponents of black nationalism. American black nationalist groups have been branded anti-Semitic, homophobic, misogynist and even racist by the mainstream press. As he follows their work, he tries to separate myth from reality and wonders whether he will be welcomed.

star 7.47
87 votes
Directors: Kate Townsend
Writers: Louis Theroux
Gangsta Rap

#11 - Gangsta Rap

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2000

Louis Theroux continues to explore the weirder fringes of society, traveling to New Orleans in the hope of becoming the first white, middle-class gangsta rapper. He meets up with rapper Mellow T and interviews Master P before penning his own rhymes about his love of red wine, his Fiat car and Shepherd's Bush.

star 7.38
60 votes
Directors: Kate Townsend
Writers: Louis Theroux
Demolition Derby

#12 - Demolition Derby

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 9, 1999

This week, Louis Theroux tries to infiltrate Michigan’s demolition derby industry and drive in a race himself. He seeks advice from drivers Jon Lipka and Rick Arnold and cousins Kevin and Steve Hanna, who find him a car and get him ready for his first competition. But after seeing them in action, Theroux begins to wonder if he is up to the challenge.

star 7.30
56 votes
Directors: Jennifer Crone
Writers: Louis Theroux

#13 - Christianity

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 15, 1998

Louis travels to Dallas, at the heart of the American bible belt. There, born-again Christian evangelists offer to have him saved for the Lord as the highlight of a live TV show.

star 7.24
202 votes
Body Building

#14 - Body Building

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2000

Louis Theroux continues to explore the weirder fringes of society. He travels to California, home of the body beautiful, to see if he can join the world of extreme body building.

star 7.23
81 votes
Directors: Alicia Kerr
Writers: Louis Theroux
Off-Off Broadway

#15 - Off-Off Broadway

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 15, 1999

Louis Theroux spends time in New York among the subculture of off-Broadway performers in his latest foray into the weirder fringes of American society. Only a small proportion of actors make a decent living and Louis soon finds himself struggling to get work alongside the thousands of out-of-work actors. To improve his chances he joins a talent grooming agency, puts together a portfolio and has acting and voice coaching lessons. But as he discovers, an actor's lot is not an easy one.

star 7.14
50 votes
Writers: Louis Theroux
Looking for Love

#16 - Looking for Love

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2000

Louis Theroux's continued exploration of the weirder fringes of society takes him to to Bangkok, where he has an appointment at a marriage agency where Western men are introduced to Thai brides. He begins to wonder if love is what these men are really looking for.

star 6.24
63 votes
Directors: Catey Sexton
Writers: Louis Theroux