Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 3 Review: Taking On America

By Daniel Hart
Published: September 6, 2019 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 3


Jack does what he does best in Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 3 — being awkward and funny with his father while venturing into the USA.

What was evident when I pressed play on Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 3 is that I have been missing out. Before today, I’ve never watched a single season of this Netflix series, but from now on, I’ll be certainly catching up. Jack Whitehall’s side project with his father is for the wandering soul; a father and son from polar opposite worlds taking on various cultures and experiences — one left and the other right-leaning — it’s a parent-son disaster, and I could not stop laughing.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 3 focuses on the USA. Jack tours his father around the country in the hope that he embraces the experiences and decides to live there. In the opening episode, Jack exposes his father to LA; booking in a naked men’s yoga class, experiencing acting lessons and a tour of Compton. We also get exclusive footage of Jack attempting to partake in wrestling.

While their opinions are worlds apart, their personalities are oddly similar in some respects; they laugh at the same scenarios, but in the same vein, look at each other aghast when they disagree on something. There’s a moment where Jack’s father writes “Brexit” outside a vegan restaurant, but originally he wanted to write “Steak”. The horror on Jack’s face is telling of a relationship he has withstood for years.

And I guess that’s why I admire this concept. Jack has managed to create a TV series that highlights the joys of their differences. Personally, I squint and hold in my disappointment when my parents show a lack of cultural understanding or make a statement that is flagrantly racist. Jack doesn’t. He owns it and it makes good television. I guess that’s a good sign of acceptance; understanding the generation gap and knowing his father comes from a less progressive time.

If Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 3 is the first time you have been exposed to this Netflix series, then I’d recommend turning around and watching Season 1. And, if it isn’t your first time, enjoy. Let’s just hope it returns for Season 4.

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