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NBC Has A Travel Hit With 'Better Late Than Never'

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | August 24, 2016

NBC Has A Travel Hit With 'Better Late Than Never'

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If you enjoy traveling with an ageing group of uncles then you will love NBC’s new travel show “Better Late Than Never.”

Like an even cheesier version of cinematic romps like “Wild Hogs,” NBC corrals four celebrities that are not yet past their pop culture viability sell-by date to traverse the world and bring forth the hilarity.

And we have to say, the first episode was a delight.

It would be so easy to dismiss the show after one episode as nothing more than a reality-TV series destined for failure, but here we sit absolutely charmed.

The first episode premiered on Tuesday, and according to Variety did quite well from a ratings standpoint.

It features the likes of Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Forman and Terry Bradshaw who traverse Asia with comedian Jeff Dye who acts like a young Sherpa.

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Here is a clip– although you can watch the full episode here.

The idea is quite simple. The show centers around the five men touring four countries while experiencing new dishes and enjoying amazing attractions.

The first stop is Tokyo where the group immediately gets lost in the subway system until they finally make their way out to the astounding Shibuya crossing.

From there they make their way into capsule accommodations that, while a tight fit, suits the gang hilariously.

The show continues in much the same way as the older celebrities experience wild food options and amble across the expanse of the bustling city.

The major flaw is that the show continues to hammer home Tokyo as this land of a million insane and otherworldly delicacies. It plays up the culturally different as completely odd and weird. As travelers know, Japan is far more familiar if you give it time to unfold to your expectations.

And some of the more exotic cuisine can be absolutely outstanding if you give it a try.

Of course, the show plays up the differences for entertainment sake, but we certainly hope this doesn’t put off potential visitors from what might be an unforgettable experience.

With that said, the episode is promising, with four well-known celebrities venturing far out of their comfort zones, which in the end illustrates how rewarding travel can be if you step out into the great beyond. 

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