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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.


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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.

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Comedy | Drama


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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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User Reviews

Very promising!
7 September 2010 | by cristian_mihonSee all my reviews

I saw a few adverts about the series and decided 'what the heck!'. After watching the 8 episodes from the 1st season I really have to say I'm impressed. I'd say that the storyline is rather excellent for a comedy-drama series.

Having most of the "Entourage" crew behind it, it might just be a success, and if they try hard enough, I can see a future for this show, no doubt about that! The story is great! Combining street thugs, ex-cons, high-life, 'not-so-high-life', hood-mentality, etc. showing the struggle to get to the top in a country where there's enough possibilities for everyone, but also bringing some comedy into it.

Unfortunately 8 episodes are too few to get a good idea about what's about to happen, but the characters and the action portray real-life close enough just to make it believable. That's a good enough reason to want to watch the first season of the show, but it made me want to see the 2nd season as well.

You're never sure what's going to happen next. I'd say it was worth my time watching it.

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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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