Okay, so this isn’t the newest TV show ever. Technically, it’s not even a television show because it isn’t on the air. No, this is actually a web show that started a few years ago simply because a few guys wanted to do it. VBS.tv gave them an audience and they set out to do something that has never been done on television or any other web show before.
Thumbs Up! Follows the adventures of David Choe and Harry Kim as they traverse across the country. The only rule they follow is that they will not pay for a ride, instead hitchhiking all the way to their destination. In the first season, Choe and Kim make their way across the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. During the second season they travel from Mexico to Alaska. In their final third season we follow them across a continent where they don’t even speak the language – China.
As strange as I’m sure this all sounds, it really is insanely entertaining. The show is done in the style of Reality TV, showing us only the best parts of the journey. Oh, did I mention that Choe is a graffiti artist? It seems everywhere he goes, he finds a place to leave his mark. He and Harry Kim will do just about anything for a ride. Whether it be a sign asking for a ride to “Fagstaff” or a giant blow-up Spider-man with only the hand blown up into a giant thumb, these two find some of the craziest ways possible to flag people down.
To be honest, this is by far the most entertaining new show I have seen in a long time. I’ve seen far worse content released on television networks like A&E and Spike, so it’s almost criminal that this series remains a mystery to so many people. If you haven’t checked out Thumbs Up yet, you can do so for free with limited commercial interruption at VBS.tv. If you’re like me and you don’t mind a little crude humor now and then, you’ll fall in love with Thumbs Up and you won’t be able to stop watching until you’ve finished the entire series. Check out the first episode below for a taste of what this show is like.