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How the States Got Their Shapes -- The squabble between east coast and west coast leaves the rest of the country stuck in the middle. It's a rivalry that has made its way into our popular culture, but is there any common ground in this continental tug of war?
How the States Got Their Shapes -- Americans have been racing to tame the West since they first set foot on the continent, but now that the West has been won, what's next? Is the West still the best.
How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2: Episode 9 -- Americans have a lot of vices and they don't just stay in Vegas.  From drugs to gambling, the state you live in may shape how bad you can be.
How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2: Episode 10 -- It's the glue that holds our map together and feeds America, but the Midwest is more than just state fairs and flyover country.
How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2: Episode 7 -- Battles over access to lakefront property have made the Great Lakes region the most contested land on the entire map, and even pushed the states to a border war.

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Release Date:
3 May 2011 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries... See more »
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Cast

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Brian Unger ... Himself - Host / ... (28 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Directed by
David Konschnik (10 episodes, 2011)
Amber Engelmann (8 episodes, 2012)
Laura Casey (6 episodes, 2012)
Rick Velleu (4 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Writing credits
Bradley Hague (17 episodes, 2012)
Chris Sondreal (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
Timothy Dilworth (2 episodes, 2011)
David Konschnik (2 episodes, 2011)

Ann Carroll (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Sean Gallagher .... executive producer (27 episodes, 2011-2012)
Abby Greensfelder .... executive producer (27 episodes, 2011-2012)
Greg Smith .... executive producer (27 episodes, 2011-2012)
Laura Casey .... field producer / co-producer (21 episodes, 2011-2012)
Timothy Dilworth .... series producer / post producer (19 episodes, 2011-2012)
Paul Cabana .... executive producer (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Brian Unger .... producer (17 episodes, 2012)
Zoe Couacaud .... associate producer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Chris Wohlers .... associate producer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Supriya Vasanth .... field producer (11 episodes, 2012)
Jenny Ewig .... post producer (10 episodes, 2012)
Ann Conanan .... post producer (8 episodes, 2012)
Ann Carroll .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2011)
Laura Neal .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2012)
Edward Rosenstein .... co-executive producer (6 episodes, 2012)
Erin Yokel .... casting producer (5 episodes, 2012)
Aimee Brillhart .... field producer (3 episodes, 2012)
Kristen Burns .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2012)
Zaida Espada .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2012)
Chris Sondreal .... post producer / producer (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
James Allgood .... assistant producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Kendra Gahagan .... post producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Alan Martin .... post producer (2 episodes, 2011)
Adam Meyer .... post producer (2 episodes, 2011)

David McKillop .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Kevin Bluhm (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Cinematography by
Brett Wiley (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
Thomas Jacobi (10 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Gaylynn Balignot (7 episodes, 2012)
Judd Fischer (6 episodes, 2012)
Gus Kyriacou (6 episodes, 2012)
Ryan Stone (4 episodes, 2012)
Mickey Green (3 episodes, 2011)
Luke Lindhjem (3 episodes, 2011)
Jay Danner-McDonald (2 episodes, 2011)
Justin Van Prooyen (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting by
Erin Yokel (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jesse Gordon (7 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Production Management
Shavon Wright .... production manager (18 episodes, 2012)
Janice Mezzetti .... head of production / executive in charge of production (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Cameron Young .... post-production supervisor / post-production manager (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kalindi Corens .... production manager (10 episodes, 2011)
Liam Monschein .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amber Engelmann .... additional direction (1 episode, 2012)
David Konschnik .... additional direction (1 episode, 2012)
Rick Velleu .... additional direction (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Art Department
Andrew Collins .... graphics / graphic designer (11 episodes, 2012)
James Sullivan .... graphics / graphic designer (5 episodes, 2012)
Matt Doe .... colorist (2 episodes, 2011)
John D.C. Kerr .... graphics (2 episodes, 2011)
Rick Velleu .... graphic designer / graphics (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Sound Department
Greg Breazeale .... sound (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Richard Humphries .... sound re-recording mixer / sound design & mix (10 episodes, 2011)
Phelps Kelley .... sound editor / sound design & mix (10 episodes, 2011)
Ben Seaward .... sound designer (9 episodes, 2012)
Dick Kane .... sound / additional sound (6 episodes, 2011-2012)
Steve Osmon .... sound / additional sound (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Aaron Webster .... sound / additional sound (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Rob Fritts .... sound designer / sound mixer (5 episodes, 2012)
Peter Ginsburg .... sound / additional sound (5 episodes, 2012)
Tim Dallesandro .... sound / additional sound (3 episodes, 2012)
Dennis Hamlin .... additional sound / sound (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Visual Effects by
John D.C. Kerr .... graphics (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tyler Smith .... assistant camera (12 episodes, 2012)
Bob Chestnut .... additional photography / assistant camera (9 episodes, 2012)
Jake Wilganowski .... additional photography (8 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Casting Department
Erin Yokel .... casting producer (13 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dan Fipphen .... assistant editor (17 episodes, 2012)
Ben Shuster .... post-production coordinator (16 episodes, 2012)
Cameron Young .... post-production manager / post production manager (14 episodes, 2012)
Mark N. Bosko .... on-line editor / colorist (12 episodes, 2012)
Matt Doe .... colorist / on-line editor (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Nadia Izakson .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2011)
Adam Kirk .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2011)
Marcia Robusto .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2011)
Zach Wood .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2011)
Opiyo Okeyo .... assistant editor / additional editing (8 episodes, 2011)
Chris Sondreal .... story editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Mark N. Boszko .... colorist / on-line editor (5 episodes, 2012)
Marc Hines .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2012)
Cameron Young .... post-production manager (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Music Department
Tracey and Vance Marino .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Other crew
Rossana O'Hop .... production accountant / vice president of finance / ... (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Janice Mezzetti .... vice president of production / head of production / ... (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
Suzie Eckl .... stock footage (17 episodes, 2012)
Leah Taub .... production coordinator (17 episodes, 2012)
James Allgood .... production assistant (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Chandler Stringer .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2012)
Mark Stein .... consultant (10 episodes, 2011)
Michael Kelehan .... stock footage / production assistant (10 episodes, 2012)
Natalie Pitcher .... production coordinator (9 episodes, 2011)
Brandy Crawford .... programming coordinator / programming coordinator: History Channel (8 episodes, 2011)
Andrew Collins .... graphics (5 episodes, 2012)
Bradley Hague .... researcher / writer (5 episodes, 2012)
Divya Chungi .... programming coordinator (4 episodes, 2012)
Bo Svensson .... additional production (3 episodes, 2011)
Jaye Callahan .... stock footage (3 episodes, 2012)
Laura Casey .... field producer (3 episodes, 2012)
Sunil Devadanam .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2012)
Supriya Vasanth .... field producer (3 episodes, 2012)
Bonnie Hawthorne .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Cameron Young .... post production supervisor (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Chris Sondreal .... story editor (2 episodes, 2011)
Andrew Collins .... graphics (2 episodes, 2012)
Kaitlyn Gallagher .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2012)
James Sullivan .... graphics (2 episodes, 2012)
Rick Velleu .... director / graphics (2 episodes, 2012)
Shavon Wright .... production manager (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Thanks
American Red Cross .... special thanks (1 episode, 2012)
 

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Finally something on the History Channel that doesn't involve Ice Road Truckers, or Swamp People!!, 13 July 2011
Author: funwithstardestroyers from United States

When I first heard about this series, I was excited for many reasons. One reason was that it was actually something that involved history on The History Channel. It seems that for the last few years, The History Channel has pursued a policy of forsaking almost anything that has to do with history in favor of stupid, unoriginal reality shows, "ancient aliens" and other things that just don't belong on a channel about history.

Another reason is that, each of our states have such a rich, deep history that's unique to every single state. It's good to learn about that kind of thing. I mean, it's our own country for cryin' out loud! We should want to learn more about it! A show that teaches us that is okay with me.

Not only is the show educational, but it's entertaining. We follow Mr. Unger as he visits all fifty states and along the way he'll visit some interesting sites (some that have been almost forgotten), speak to some experts and even talk to the residents of the various states where he asks them questions about their own state, as well as others.

The quest goes far beyond geography, because the show explores the deep history and eccentricities of each state, such as the battle over BBQ, the different accents around our country and other cultural differences. It even shows us some states that were lost, such as Franklin and Deseret.

If you've ever seen and enjoyed Stephen Fry's America, you'd enjoy this as well. If you've never seen either, you'd still enjoy this, because it's a deep, but fun look at the history of our country.

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