Television: Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

Bravo, Fridays, 8 p.m. E.T.

In the 19th century Alexis de Tocqueville journeyed to America and thought he had the young nation figured out. But Tocqueville never tried out for a porno film. In this documentary series, English-raised Louis Theroux (son of novelist Paul) samples the strangest fruits of freedom, from pitching infomercials to breaking bread with right-wing survivalists. This sort of participational filmmaking can become cute or self-satisfied, but Theroux maintains a curious, never smug attitude, even toward the most bizarre colonists.

--J.P.

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