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Stephen Fry In America: Mountains And Plains

Airs Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Stephen Fry stands in front of Mt. Rushmore on his journey to explore the Uni...

Credit: American Public Television

Above: Stephen Fry stands in front of Mt. Rushmore on his journey to explore the United States.

In the new six-part documentary series, "Stephen Fry in America," legendary British comedian Stephen Fry visits each American state, hearing its song, visiting its landmarks and distinctive sites, looking at its unique and quaint laws, talking to its citizens and discovering the true natures of the 50 individual parts that make up the whole.

The accomplished actor Fry is best known to American audiences from his classic Britcoms "Jeeves & Wooster" (starring opposite Hugh Laurie) and "Blackadder" as well as appearances in films like "V for Vendetta" and the television show "Bones." Fry was also very nearly an American. Just before Stephen was born, his British father was offered a job at Princeton University, but chose to turn it down. And so, Stephen was born in London — but he's always been fascinated by the land that might have been his home. "Stephen Fry in America" is an intriguing look at an outsider's journey across the United States.

In this episode: Stephen travels the entire length of the country, starting at the Canadian border in the mountains of Montana, and ending in El Paso, where Texas meets Mexico. En route he talks to a Wyoming ranching couple who share details of their close encounters with a variety of animals, watches a belly-dancing display in Oklahoma, and visits an unusual home - a converted nuclear missile silo.

Stephen Fry In America: Mt. Rushmore

Stephen Fry visits Mt. Rushmore as he explores every state in America.

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