How to Make It in America 2 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
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1. Pilot TV-MA CC

When his business venture hits the wall, 20-something graphic designer Ben agrees to fund a hustle proposed by his best friend, Cam. Meanwhile, Ben is bummed to discover that his ex-girlfriend Rachel is now dating a hot hotelier named Darren.

Starring:
Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
February 8, 2010

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Pilot

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They should have made a third season!
Clyde
The cool thing about this show - for me - is that I can relate to it.
T. Soares
As for the plot lines, the writers have it right.
S. Kelly

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Starting your own business is risky, painful and full of stumbles. And that's what How To Make It In America is all about -- a clever little dramedy about three different businesses that are trying to get off the ground, and the highs and lows they encounter along the way. It's a little quirky, gritty, and riddled with romantic problems.

Mild-mannered Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and his street-smart buddy Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) decide to start a denim clothing line called Crisp, but run into a bunch of problems -- they have little money, one investor, no business plan and a disastrous sample. Even as their dreams seem to crash and burn, they discover a new business road has just opened up -- if they can keep their hands on the merchandise.

In the meantime, Ben's ex-girlfriend Rachel (Lake Bell) has a wealthy new boyfriend named Darren, which might be good for her designing agency -- but bad for her personal life. And Cam's cousin Rene (Luis Guzmán), who has just gotten out of prison, is going legit with an energy drink called Rasta Monsta -- which is encountering the same sorts of problems as Crisp.

"How To Make It In America" is all about pursuing the American Dream in the 21st century: you need opportunity, street smarts, connections, and lots of hard work. It's not quite as brilliant as some of HBO's other shows, but it does have an endearing, gritty earnestness -- and it reminds you that for every successful business that takes off, there are dozens of failed ones.

Along the way, there are lots of dimly-lit New York nightclubs, shady street venders and warehouses piled high with vintage T-shirts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Soares on July 1, 2011
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I didn't even know this show existed until HBO re-ran the entire series a few months ago.

All I can say is 'Wow'. I was a big fan of 'The Sopranos' until it ended. But "How to make it in america" has gotten me hooked more than the Sopranos ever did.

The cool thing about this show - for me - is that I can relate to it. The desperate search for *some* way to make it big, the tumbles the characters take, the questionable paths they take...

I'm told this show comes from the director of "Entourage". However, Entourage never appealed much to me - for the simple reason that it is all about Hollywood. But I live in the real world.

You can see similarities shared between the two shows. They both follow a small group of young guys, as they try to make it big. In Entourage, they make it in Hollywood; in "How to make it in America", they make it in the gritty neighborhoods of NYC.

This show is a must-see if (i) you've struggled for any length of time trying to make it big, (ii) you live in the city. It's a must-see otherwise too, but the impact will be greatest if you fall in these two categories.

I've been looking everywhere for this show. ITunes has nothing, HBO has almost nothing, YouTube has little, HBO rarely replays the first (and only) season. Things should get better when the second season comes out.

Just watch. This show WILL be bigger than the Sopranos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LONROY on January 18, 2011
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MASTERPIECE (AS MOST HBO SERIES ARE). The series as well as the product itself are awesome. 5 Stars!!! You should buy this product and enjoy this great series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Zee on March 8, 2013
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HBO made a mistake when it didn't sign on for season 3. I love this show. Honestly, the only reason I started watching is because I'm a big Victor Rasuk fan (he's very under rated). And once I started watching I just could not stop. The first season really draws you in. As the viewer, I really wanted these guys to make it. One guy being laid back and anxious and the other being an all-or-nothing type personality really balances the show. These are the people you want to see win it. They are young, ambitious, broke and using their skills and personality to push forward and BE SOMETHING.

I think this show appeals to my generation because it's filled with people who have ambition and don't know HOW to do anything with it. On the flip side, we also have a lot of people trying to make it and scraping by. Also, the characters in the show are at the age where it's make it or break it. If this doesn't work, they'll have to sit behind a desk and hope they don't get fired from their 9 to 5 jobs. This, mixed with personal stories, and the charming edge of the Lower East Side setting really made me love the show. Wish there were more than two seasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cali shoe for wedding on November 28, 2012
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The best show since Entourage and Sex in the City. I can't say enough about the great acting and filming but I am extremely dissapointed that this show was cancelled, it's been the biggest upset of the year for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crstallw on March 10, 2012
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I don't have HBO so I only heard about the show from advertisements. I watched short clips and cast interviews from Youtube submissions which snared my interest. The series was entertaining. I appreciated the interpretation of the struggle to grab the American dream for oneself ,and I identified with Ben's struggle between the day job we all must have to sustain ourselves and ones true passion. I did feel something was missing within the story. I wasn't as excited to watch each episode and I didn't feel like I cared much for the characters. I am willing to give the series another try and purchase the the second season.
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