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Stephen Fry In America: Pacific

Graphic with program title "Stephen Fry In America" and the United States of America.
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Graphic with program title "Stephen Fry In America" and the United States of America.

Airs Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

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 concludes his journey by exploring the Pacific coast. He begins in San Francisco's Chinatown and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, before traveling through the giant redwood forests of northern California and Oregon. Leaving his cab in Seattle, he joins a whale hunt in Alaska, then heads to his 50th state, Hawaii.

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