Up to Speed, A Hulu Original Series, is a new historical travel series from filmmaker Richard Linklater (the writer/director behind Before Sunrise, Waking Life, and cult-classic Dazed and Confused). Timothy "Speed" Levitch, a quirky historian and travel guide, tours America's most ignored historical sights and gets deeply philosophical with inanimate objects (which often respond in outlandish accents).
Speed's adventures are brimming with humor and intrigue, as he discovers the great monumentally ignored monuments of popular US cities and pays a visit to less-than-famous destinations, such as the Kansas/Missouri border. Highlights include a chat with San Francisco's Golden Fire Hydrant (a survivor of the 1906 earthquake); a visit to Chicago's underground Dil Pickle Club; and a conversation with a jaded redwood tree, which thinks San Francisco was built by imperialists.
Have a favorite "Speedism" (a choice Levitch phrase that left you wondering) from an episode? Tweet your lines to @HuluUpToSpeed. The series is in full swing, with new episodes airing every Thursday. Check out the New York episode here. For more offbeat tours of other historically rich US destinations, like San Francisco, Chicago, and Virginia, watch Up To Speed, only on Hulu.