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How the States Got Their Shapes - Season 2

Brian Unger , Sabin Lomac , Amber Engelmann , David Konschnik    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD

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In every episode of HOW THE STATES GOT THEIR SHAPES, former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger hits the road, makes irreverent observations about how we think, speak and act, and discovers their surprising connections to geography. With its crooked lines and odd breaks, the outline of America is a puzzle to be solved. Brian will show that the same forces that once shaped the map still influence us today - whether by way of taxes, transportation, religion or real estate. "How the States Got Their Shapes" is a provocative hook. It's the quirky starting point and the historical end point for a surprising journey. It's not a history of the states, it's a history through the states.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Aug. 25 2013
By K. Rowley - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the first season DVD set of this show, so I per-ordered the second season sight unseen as soon as it showed up on Amazon. Unfortunately that lead me to being a bit disappointed with this second season set. My disappointment stems from the fact that they changed up the format of the show. Now it's based around a faux game show style format. That and they cut the episodes down to 20 minutes (+/-) from the 40 minutes (+/-) they were in the first season. There is one extended episode "The United Shapes of America" which is 43 minutes, but it's mainly made up of bits and pieces from this second seasons shows and some of the ones from the first season. I really feel this second season was a big let down compared to the original. I say skip buying it and wait for it to come out on Amazon Instant videos or Netflix. One nice thing - the episodes have English subtitles.

List of episodes per disc: Each around 20 minutes (+/-)

Disc One:
* Red State vs. Blue State
* White Collar vs. Blue Collar
* Hatfields vs. McCoys
* Hillbilly vs. Redneck
* Bigfoot vs. Aliens
* Battle of the Bible Belt
* North vs South
* Great Lakes, Big Stakes

Disc Two:
* City vs. Country
* Midwest vs. The Rest
* Vice vs. Virtue
* Is West Best?
* East vs. West
* Rebels vs Outlaws
* Mess with Texas
* State vs State

Disc Three:
* Rich vs. Poor
* Big vs. Small
* The United Shapes of America (extended episode - 43 minutes)

Bonus Footage (disc three): Each around 2 minutes (+/-) in length
* How California Got Its Shape
* How Florida Got Its Shape
* How Illinois Got Its Shape
* How Maine Got Its Shape
* How Montana Got Its Shape
* How Nevada Got Its Shape
* How Texas Got Its Shape
* How Utah Got Its Shape
* How Washington Got Its Shape
* How West Virginia Got Its Shape
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A game show, not geography Aug. 31 2013
By Donald Jarvinen - Published on Amazon.com
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The second season is horrible. There is little or no relation to maps in the subject matter. There is little history. Go back to the interesting stories like those in season one. There are many left to tell!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Changed Format for Season 2 Dec 30 2013
By Tyler Hohmann - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of recycled information from season 1 strung together with trivia questions that a monkey could answer. If you are on the fence, you can probably give this a pass.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only buy season one March 22 2014
By Travis Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
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I can see why the show didn't get a season three the second just wasn't as good as the first
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show April 19 2014
By Hardtackandbeans - Published on Amazon.com
Telling the often unknown & surprising stories of just how the states got their shapes. Many are funny and always educational.
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