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A six-night miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the... See more »
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Cast

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Daniel Webb ... Narrator (12 episodes, 2010)

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator / ... (11 episodes, 2010)

Tom Brokaw ... Himself (10 episodes, 2010)
James Meigs ... Himself (9 episodes, 2010)
H.W. Brands ... Himself (9 episodes, 2010)
Annette Gordon-Reed ... Herself (9 episodes, 2010)

Brian Williams ... Himself (8 episodes, 2010)

Michael Douglas ... Himself (8 episodes, 2010)

Colin Powell ... Himself (8 episodes, 2010)

Rudolph W. Giuliani ... Himself (7 episodes, 2010)

Richard Machowicz ... Himself (6 episodes, 2010)

Al Sharpton ... Himself (6 episodes, 2010)

Michael Strahan ... Himself (6 episodes, 2010)

John Lasseter ... Himself (5 episodes, 2010)
David Baldacci ... Himself (5 episodes, 2010)
Jeannette Walls ... Herself (5 episodes, 2010)

Donald Trump ... Himself (5 episodes, 2010)

Henry Louis Gates ... Himself (5 episodes, 2010)
Jimmy Wales ... Himself (5 episodes, 2010)
William Bodette ... Himself (5 episodes, 2010)
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Series Directed by
Marion Milne (12 episodes, 2010)
Jenny Ash (2 episodes, 2010)
Clare Beavan (2 episodes, 2010)
Andrew Chater (2 episodes, 2010)
Nick Green (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Writing credits
Ed Fields (3 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Hall (2 episodes, 2010)

Series Produced by
Ben Goold .... series producer (12 episodes, 2010)
Eamon Fitzpatrick .... line producer (11 episodes, 2010)
Nancy Dubuc .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2010)
Julian Hobbs .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2010)
David McKillop .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2010)
Jane Root .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2010)
Kathryn Taylor .... series producer (9 episodes, 2010)
Ben Fox .... producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Laura Franses .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Vlokkie Gordon .... producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Annie Macnee .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Meryl Schutte .... line producer (3 episodes, 2010)
David Wicht .... producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Jenny Ash .... producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Clare Beavan .... producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Andrew Chater .... producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Liz Fay .... producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Nick Green .... producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Michael Jackson .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Original Music by
Stuart Fox (4 episodes, 2010)
John E.R. Hardy (4 episodes, 2010)
Tom Howe (3 episodes, 2010)
Miguel d'Oliveira (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari (8 episodes, 2010)
Richard Numeroff (3 episodes, 2010)
Dirk Nel (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Film Editing by
Simon Ardizzone (1 episode, 2010)
Ross Bradley (1 episode, 2010)
Paul Crosby (1 episode, 2010)
Darren Jonusas (1 episode, 2010)
Matt Lowe (1 episode, 2010)
Andy Worboys (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Casting by
Janet Meintjies (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Production Design by
Sylvain Gingras (11 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Art Direction by
Catherine Palmer (12 episodes, 2010)
Emilia Roux (8 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Andrew McCarthy (8 episodes, 2010)
Axel Hoebel (6 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Costume Design by
Diana Cilliers (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Makeup Department
Talia Barak .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 2010)
Simone Stubbs .... hair stylist / first makeup artist / ... (12 episodes, 2010)
Francesca Van Der Feyst .... hair and make up artist (12 episodes, 2010)
Megan Tanner .... make up designer, hair designer (8 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Production Management
Peter Miller .... post-production manager / post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)
Ceri Smith .... production manager (9 episodes, 2010)
Claire Bugden .... production manager (3 episodes, 2010)
Marisa Soneman .... production manager (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dale Butler .... key second assistant director (12 episodes, 2010)
De Villiers Fourie .... third assistant director (12 episodes, 2010)
Mustapha Grumij .... assistant director (12 episodes, 2010)
Grantly Butters .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2010)
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2010)
Christo van Schalkwyk .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Art Department
Lucille Doman .... graphic designer (12 episodes, 2010)
Emma Eunson .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2010)
Jo Stuart Fox .... set dresser (12 episodes, 2010)
Louise Martin .... construction coordinator (12 episodes, 2010)
Johan Oosthuizen .... props (12 episodes, 2010)
Mark Risk .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 2010)

Axel Hoebel .... second decorator (unknown episodes, 2010)
 
Series Sound Department
Chris Syner .... additional sound (12 episodes, 2010)
Rada Danilovic .... sound designer (10 episodes, 2010)
Anthony Faust .... foley mixer & editor (8 episodes, 2010)
Gary Daprato .... foley artist (4 episodes, 2010)
Alexis Farand .... foley artist (4 episodes, 2010)
Sean O'Neil .... sound mixer / sound recordist (3 episodes, 2010)
Simon Rice .... sound mixer / additional sound (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Bitters .... pyrotechnician (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Carlos Abrego .... rigger / rigger: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Odile-Emmanuelle Auger .... visual effects project manager / visual effects project manager: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Mathieu Bertrand .... look development artist / look development artist: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Bruno Blain .... animator / animator: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Guillaume Champagne .... modeler / modeler: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Romain Clouet .... modeler / modeler: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Marc-Antoine Desjardins .... look development artist / look development artist: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Josée Dumas .... texture artist / texture artist: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Sebastien Fortier .... data wrangler / data wrangler: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Stefano Gemmellaro .... modeler / modeler: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Guillaume Goudreault .... texture artist / texture artist: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Julie Joannoteguy .... texture artist / texture artist: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Lon Krung .... modeler / modeler: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Xavier Lapointe .... rigger / rigger: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Philip Melancon .... crowd technical director / animator: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Ryo Mikai .... visual effects artist / visual effects artist: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Olivier Nadeau .... lighting / lighting: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Jean-Philippe Traoré .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Anne-Marie Vaillancourt .... animator / animator: Modus Fx (12 episodes, 2010)
Grahame Andrew .... project & 3D supervisor: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Howard Bell .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Abi Cadogan .... editorial assistant: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Debbie Clark .... co-producer: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Gerald Crome .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Rasik Gorecha .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Rob Harvey .... Flame artist: Lola / project supervisor: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Sam Howell .... lead 3d artist (6 episodes, 2010)
Jayson King .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Lane .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Luciano Lopes .... 2D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Michelle Martin .... producer: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Alasdair McNeill .... 2D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Haavard Ness .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Steve Olliffe .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Simon Ramsay .... motion graphic artist (6 episodes, 2010)
Rosi Ruiz .... 2D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Adam Thorn .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Tim Zaccheo .... 3D artist: Lola (6 episodes, 2010)
Philip Dobree .... visual effects director: Jellyfish Pictures (5 episodes, 2010)
Marcus Alqueres .... animation supervisor / animation supervisor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Mostafa Badran .... vfx td / vfx td: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Sylvain Berger .... vfx td / vfx td: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Patrick Bissonnette .... visual effects financial controller: Modus FX (4 episodes, 2010)
Marc Bourbonnais .... visual effects producer / visual effects producer: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Nadège Bozzetti .... lead lighting / lead lighting: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Eloi Brunelle .... visual effects supervisor / visual effects supervisor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Kristaan Cain .... lighting td (4 episodes, 2010)
Jacynthe Côté .... visual effects production manager / visual effects production manager: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Andreane Dodier-Villeneuve .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Francois Duchesneau .... visual effects artist: Modus FX (4 episodes, 2010)
Hasraf Dulull .... visual effects supervisor (4 episodes, 2010)
Andrea Espinal .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Nicolas Fillion .... texture artist / texture artist: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Nicolas Gaffiero .... modeler / modeler: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Frank Garoufalis .... texture artist / texture artist: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Luc Julien .... lead compositor / lead compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Cain Kristaan .... lighting td (4 episodes, 2010)
Pascal Laflamme .... data wrangler / data wrangler: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Jeremy Lambolez .... animator / animator: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Philippe Langlois .... matte painter / matte painter: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Francis Larouche .... production assistant: Modus FX (4 episodes, 2010)
Martin Larrivée .... digital compositor (4 episodes, 2010)
Florent Lebrun .... matte painter / matte painter: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Sylvain Lorgeou .... lead concept and matte paintings / lead concept and matte paintings: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Mickaël Léger .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Simon Meunier .... modeler / modeler: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Tanya Moore .... production assistant: Modus FX (4 episodes, 2010)
Jean-Francois Morissette .... motion tracking (4 episodes, 2010)
Velislava Nikolova .... animator / animator: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Sophie Orde .... visual effects producer: Jellyfish Pictures (4 episodes, 2010)
Christophe Pacaud .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Martin Pelletier .... lead look development artist / lead look development artist: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Mathieu Phaneuf .... lead modeler / lead modeler: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Stephane Picard .... data wrangler / data wrangler: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Alice Pépujol .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Robert Quinn .... look development artist / look development artist: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Stéphane Rioux .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Jean-Pierre Riverin .... look development artist / look development artist: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
James Rose .... digital compositor (4 episodes, 2010)
Joao Sita .... digital compositor / digital compositor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Tom Steadman .... digital effects artist: Jellyfish Pictures (4 episodes, 2010)
Ronen Tanchum .... visual effects artist: Modus FX (4 episodes, 2010)
Vincent Toussaint .... technical support / technical support: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Sarah Trepanier .... production assistant: Modus FX / production assistant: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Yanick Wilisky .... visual effects supervisor / visual effects supervisor: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
David Yabu .... animator / animator: Modus Fx (4 episodes, 2010)
Joe Cork .... visual effects supervisor: Lola (2 episodes, 2010)
Garrett Honn .... visual effects supervisor: Lola (2 episodes, 2010)
Theajodharan .... compositor (2 episodes, 2010)
Rhys Williams .... 3d artist: Lola (2 episodes, 2010)
Max Wright .... visual effects supervisor: Lola (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Stunts
Adam Horton .... stunt coordinator / stunts (12 episodes, 2010)
Jared Cohen .... stunt performer (7 episodes, 2010)
Dan Hirst .... stunt performer / stunts (7 episodes, 2010)
Dermot Brogan .... stunt performer / stunt rigger (2 episodes, 2010)

Paul Hampshire .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary .... key grip (9 episodes, 2010)
Joe Alblas .... still photographer (6 episodes, 2010)
Charlie Sperring .... stills photographer (6 episodes, 2010)
Michael Carstensen .... vto operator (2 episodes, 2010)
Michael Snyman .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Casting Department
Jane Kaplan .... casting (1 episode, 2010)
Janice Platt .... casting (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hetta Burger .... costume stand-by (12 episodes, 2010)
Rick de Souza .... costume stand-by (12 episodes, 2010)
Jayne Forbes .... assistant costume designer (12 episodes, 2010)
Jacomina Jankowitz .... costume supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)
Kristine Berg .... specialty costume fabricator (6 episodes, 2010)
Michelle Karavoussanos .... head costume buyer (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Editorial Department
Tessa Verfuss .... first assistant editor (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Music Department
Kaveh Cohen .... composer: theme music / composer: main title theme (12 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Transportation Department
Grant Kilian .... transportation coordinator (8 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Other crew
Kgotla Appolus .... assistant to producer (12 episodes, 2010)
Cara Hickson .... extras coordinator (12 episodes, 2010)
Frederich Fiela Jonck .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Byron Spangler .... title designer (12 episodes, 2010)
Michelle Stroud .... petty cash accountant (12 episodes, 2010)
Kristen Burns .... programming coordinator (9 episodes, 2010)
Robert Bentley .... location manager (8 episodes, 2010)
Nazha Kajja .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2010)
Eduard Klarenbeek .... key assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2010)
Megan Korzynski .... production secretary (8 episodes, 2010)
Simon Rhodes .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2010)
Brian Wentzel .... key armourer (8 episodes, 2010)
Mohamed Atbir .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2010)
Alton Stoffels .... safety advisor/set medic (4 episodes, 2010)
Lathiem Groenmeyer .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Walker Howe .... advisor (2 episodes, 2010)
Diane Mullet .... historical consultant (2 episodes, 2010)
Glenn Wood .... archive research (2 episodes, 2010)
 

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
There's no way American History is this simple, 21 August 2011
Author: Nuz_Reviews from Illinois

"We are pioneers. And, trailblazers. We fight for freedom. We transform our dreams into the truth. Our struggles will become a nation."

That is the quote that narrator Liev Schreiber uses to open up each episode of this six-part 12-hour miniseries from the History (formerly known as The History Channel). I watched it on Netflix, so my miniseries was split up into 12 40-some minute episodes. I'm not too sure if I could bare watching it with about 15 minutes of added corporate advertising.

I will admit that I was not one of those kids to pay close attention in my American History classes growing up. Sure, I did well with my grades, but that was only the result of general knowledge for the history of America. I can tell you right now that someone with a more sophisticated intelligence towards our country's history (i.e. a American History major) would most likely turn this off in a heartbeat. Or, perhaps they'd leave it on just to kill time or to play a drinking game with. So, with all that being said, I am no where near knowledgeable enough to critique the information in this documentary. Although intensely simplistic, I actually did learn a few things here and there (e.g. Hollywood use to be called Hollywoodland and the Statue of Liberty's construction). Having the knowledge of most of the facts already only strengthened my reasoning behind why certain things happened and almost gave me thought of gratefulness for those Americans that took risks.

I do hope people take this documentary with a grain of salt. Regardless to the accuracy of the events and dates that took place (which I assume are completely accurate), this documentary seemed to have a social and political rhetoric towards the corporation. I'd hope that a complete history of America in a documentary would be nonpartisan. A documentary that tries too hard to entertain with low-budget CGI, like this one, doesn't work. A documentary that utilizes the input of celebrities, professional athletes, political pundits, and television personalities doesn't generate much credibility, but instead conjures it. Besides the duration of the series, if this was a true historical documentary on the complete history of America, then it would have the input of professional historians and not celebrity figures. It's the exact same phenomenon as celebrity endorsement in advertising.

This documentary could also be called "The Rise of American Capitalism." It's truly a bittersweet economic system that has both fueled and hurt our American ways. The Story of Us seemingly concentrates on the entrepreneurial and private wealth. And, as the documentary concluded, we have only just begun. Besides the hippy Baby Boomers, not enough mention of the collective struggle for social justice as a whole is present. Although highly important, just the mention of the Civil War and the abolishment of slavery is all the social justice we get. The Story of Us suggests that the Revolutionary War was won because of great generals and clever military tactics alone. The idea of anti-taxation, along with the right to bear arms, are presented as at the heart of the revolution. Thomas Jefferson's role in writing the Declaration of Independence is skipped and Thomas Paine is barely mentioned. Not even the struggle to create American Constitution is completely talked about. Just a few historical points that even I can point out.

I was also simply annoyed by the repetition of events mentioned after they had already been explained. Especially later on in the series did this occur. The documentary forcefully compared the innovation of the first settlers to those of today.

After I found out that schools can obtain a copy for free, I still can't decide if I'd want this to be shown to school children. I do think they'll learn something and generate some opinion of their own though. It's a tough call. I'm going democratic on this by deeming it necessary that the school board decides. Or, perhaps, even the teacher him or herself could. Also, note that this documentary does include some graphic material that could be inappropriate for real young children.

With all the criticism being said, I still do wish that EVERY American watches this series. That couldn't hurt. Some still think we have 48 states or other crazy ignorant statements like that.

But, like with everything, please do keep an open-mind.

I suppose I should stop complaining and just look up some books by historian authors to read. I will also be looking to PBS for some real American history documentaries real soon.

3/10 Stars.

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