The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents 1 Season 2013

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Season 1
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1. Assume The Position 1789-1825 TV-14 CC

The United States of America was a bold invention of enormous risk. An 8-year war of independence, followed by intense political debate produced a government of, by and for the people.

Starring:
Bruce McGill
Runtime:
45 minutes
Original air date:
January 15, 2013

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Assume The Position 1789-1825

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Bruce McGill
Season year 2013
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Jeanne Begley, Kristen Burns, Stuart Chait, Rebecca Graham, Adam Hyman, Blue Kraning, Miriam Leffert, Steve LuKanic, Fikret Manoglu, Kelly McPherson, Emre Sahin, Devon Schneider, Susan Werbe, Sarah Wetherbee
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very Interesting and informative.
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I learned so much about the Presidents and this period in American history from this program.
Jeffery C
This entire series is extremely interesting and very well done.
Christina Willis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Ferraro on January 26, 2013
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I'm a big fan of most of the History Channel's American History DVDs and this is near the top of my list. I also the "The President", but I like this series much better. At of right now, I haven't finished the series yet. I'm about half way through. I consider myself pretty picky about the documentaries that I watch. A lot of the series that I don't like has to do with the narrator. I enjoyed having Bruce McGill (My Cousin Vinny, Lincoln, etc) as the narrator for this.

Some of the main main things I liked about this series is:
- It goes at a quick pace (but not too quick) and give you a lot of interesting information on each President.
- It talks about the election for each of these men (who they ran against and how close the outcome was).
- More time is spent on certain presidents....Theodore Roosevelt comes to mind

One of the main things that I don't like about this series is that they reuse a decent amount of footage. It's not a big deal, but when they talk about the early 1900s and industry and show a new Model T car roll out of the assembly line into the parking lot, i can't help but think, "That's the same footage from 'The Men Who Built America." As I mentioned, not a big deal.

I would highly recommend this to someone who wants to learn about the Presidents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2013
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Very Interesting and informative. Its addicting and you get so involved in the episodes you can't wait to see the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery C on January 23, 2013
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I learned so much about the Presidents and this period in American history from this program. A lot of forgotten events occurred from 1824-1849 covered in this episode. The consequences ring through to even today. Watch this series. It's outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By benjamin on March 7, 2013
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This documentary is without a doubt the best I've seen. The chronologic breakdown of our nations history is so cool and to see it through the hard work of the history channel really brings it to life. Great work once again History channel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ziolkowski on February 9, 2013
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I have never been so interested watching a program on TV that I would buy the product too. I am so interested in this program that I don't do anything else but sit and enjoy.
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This series is loose, biased, and flighty. In many of the segments, the commentators throw in random facts, Pop-Up Video style. I didn't like how they spent 15 minutes on James Monroe's era of "peace and prosperity" and give Bill Clinton half a sentence, total. Still, Reagan gets "idol" treatment by the moral majority.

All in all, this is mindless and makes only for good background noise. Anyone who's taken American History in college can probably tell you more useful information about the presidents than this show.
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I liked this production and particularly enjoyed the actor's who voiced the characters -- there was a ring of authenticity to their narrations. I thought the in-depth coverage of the first five presidents was about perfect, but the others were rather more uneven. The final five executives were shorted detail however which was too bad because most viewers may have lived during those terms. I thought the doll house interiors were well-done and they offered an level of intimacy with the White House I had missed before. All in all, the series was informative and rather better than not.
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The commentators had lots of interesting factoids but they seemed to be negative about each president. Seemed to harp on their mistakes. Although I think one president they gave Kudos to for acquiring the most land of any president. I think it was James Polk who gained possession of California, New Mexico, Arizona, as well as parts of Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.
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