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How the States Got Their Shapes - Season 2

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  • Actors: Brian Unger, Jennifer Stefano, Mike Stout, Gloria Minella, Paul Miller
  • Directors: Amber Engelmann, David Konschnik, Laura Casey, Rick Velleu
  • Writers: Adam Meyer, Alan Martin, Ann Carroll, Bradley Hague
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 23 2013
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: B00CFK5KR6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,799 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.2 out of 5 stars 72 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Aug. 25 2013
By K. Rowley - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A game show, not geography Aug. 31 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only buy season one March 22 2014
By Travis Reilly - Published on
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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
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as first season March 16 2014
By Rimon Makar - Published on
Not as good as first season and the episodes are much shorter and don't really get into as much as history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repeats season 1 Jan. 23 2015
By Pearl Amoline - Published on
Season one was GREAT! Season 2 is okay but it repeats and yes I mean uses the same footage and interviews from season 1. If you like more history and more information about how the states actually got their unique borders watch season 1. If you like more of a game show/interesting info about the states watch Season 2. Don't bother to watch both seasons.