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How the States Got Their Shapes 

Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are ... See full summary »
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Brian Unger Brian Unger ...  Himself - Host 29 episodes, 2011-2012
H.W. Brands ...  Himself - University of Texas at Austin / ... 10 episodes, 2011
Mark Stein Mark Stein ...  Himself - Author, How the States Got Their Shapes / ... 9 episodes, 2011
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Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are flying fish threatening to re-draw the lines of Illinois? Written by Anonymous

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3 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Die Entstehung der US-Bundesstaaten See more »

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If you notice, most camera shots involving host Brian Unger and the people he is interviewing are actually flip-flopped. This way, people can draw states and lines from their perspective which is later reversed in the editing room for television viewing. See more »

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Referenced in The Middle: The Wisdom Teeth (2016) See more »

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What?! The History Channel actually has a show that has to do with history?!
18 November 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Over the years, I have noticed that fewer and fewer of the shows on The History Channel actually have much to do directly with history. Shows about truckers in Alaska, whether Jesus was a space alien, the sex lives of pygmies and the like have become commonplace. However, it's a nice breath of fresh air when I see shows on the channel like "How the States Got Their Shape"--a show that is historical, through and through. However, I don't just love this series because of its historical basis but for two other important reasons. First, it is very, very interesting and quirky. I really think if the average history-hating person would allow themselves to watch the show, they would not only learn something but be entertained. Second, the host, Brian Unger, is great. He's handsome and well-muscled but also non-threatening and cute. My daughter thinks he's precious but I like him because he's not a pretty-boy and has a great, natural style. Well worth seeing and very well made.


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