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How to Make It in America 

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A group of 20 somethings living in New York City. Ben and Cameron work on starting a fashion company, while enjoying their lives in the greatest city in the world.


Ian Edelman
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2   1   Unknown  
2011   2010  
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Bryan Greenberg ...  Ben Epstein 16 episodes, 2010-2011
Victor Rasuk ...  Cameron 'Cam' Calderon 16 episodes, 2010-2011
Lake Bell ...  Rachel Chapman 16 episodes, 2010-2011
Eddie Kaye Thomas ...  David 'Kappo' Kaplan 16 episodes, 2010-2011
Kid Cudi ...  Domingo Brown 16 episodes, 2010-2011
Luis Guzmán ...  Rene Calderon 16 episodes, 2010-2011
Edgar Garcia Edgar Garcia ...  Eddie 15 episodes, 2010-2011
Michael Imperiale Michael Imperiale ...  Mike 14 episodes, 2010-2011
Tuffy Questell ...  Jabar 14 episodes, 2010-2011
Shannyn Sossamon ...  Gingy Wu 8 episodes, 2010
Gina Gershon ...  Nancy Frankenburg 7 episodes, 2011
James Ransone ...  Tim 7 episodes, 2010-2011
Andrea Navedo ...  Debbie Dominguez 7 episodes, 2011
Nicole LaLiberte ...  Lulu 7 episodes, 2011


A group of 20 somethings living in New York City. Ben and Cameron work on starting a fashion company, while enjoying their lives in the greatest city in the world.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscarse la vida en América See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The opening title sequence was created by Isaac Lobe and directing duo Josh & Xander. The theme song, "I Need a Dollar", was performed by Ã'loe Blacc. It was shot in New York City, the sequence comprises a video and photography montage, bringing together the show's underlying themes of "grit, hunger, ambition, the multicultural whirl of New York and the culture-transcending pursuit of the almighty dollar" See more »


Referenced in Conan: The Fluffer of Seville (2011) See more »


I Need A Dollar
Written and Performed by Aloe Blacc
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Too Bad It Was Cancelled
26 December 2011 | by politically_incorrect204See all my reviews

This will join the likes of Freaks and Geeks and Arrested Development as shows that should have never been cancelled. I actually went back and watched this show after I heard it was cancelled and had been nominated for some awards.

I agree with others. This show is brilliant! I love the realism of the show and its characters. There are good and bad moments and the interactions are very genuine. Most people, young or old, can relate to the struggle for success. Trying to seek your own path but still pay the bills. This show also makes me miss NYC and Brooklyn desperately. This show lives and breaths NYC. I think that is one of the great things about this show is not only the genuine stories and characters but it really feels like you're in NYC. All and all I love this show. I love the humor, the drama, the people, all of it.

My only criticism is that sometimes there are some overly dramatic plot turns. And sometimes the characters make decisions that are inexplicable or dumber than how their character is presented. I know people make mistakes but this show makes the occasional mistake (most shows make it a lot) of making something happen just for the sake of creating a plot point or drama or what not. I didn't feel like this often but occasionally something was just too unbelievable or stupid. Otherwise the shows ie excellent. Worth going back and checking for those who haven't.

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