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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.