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How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2 (2013)

Brian Unger , Sabin Lomac , Amber Engelmann , David Konschnik  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Unger, Sabin Lomac, Ed Peden
  • Directors: Amber Engelmann, David Konschnik, Laura Casey, Rick Velleu
  • Writers: David Konschnik, Adam Meyer, Alan Martin, Ann Carroll, Bradley Hague
  • Producers: Abby Greensfelder, Adam Meyer, Aimee Brillhart, Alan Martin, Amiee Brillhart
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 441 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CFK5KR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 2" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Every state has a shape.and every line has a story to tell. HOW THE STATES GOT THEIR SHAPES is a quiz show about what really divides the states and how those rivalries have shaped the nation and its people. This season, Brian Unger hits the road to uncover the history hidden in our map through man-on-the-street quizzes and head-to-head competitions that reveal the surprising history of places we thought we knew. Exploring from the crooked lines of the east to the boxy shapes of the west, Brian teams up with average Americans to reveal how America took shape, giving them an opportunity to make some cash and show their state pride by proving how well they know their United States.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed August 25, 2013
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I loved the first season DVD set of this show, so I per-ordered the second season sight unseen as soon as it showed up on Amazon. Unfortunately that lead me to being a bit disappointed with this second season set. My disappointment stems from the fact that they changed up the format of the show. Now it's based around a faux game show style format. That and they cut the episodes down to 20 minutes (+/-) from the 40 minutes (+/-) they were in the first season. There is one extended episode "The United Shapes of America" which is 43 minutes, but it's mainly made up of bits and pieces from this second seasons shows and some of the ones from the first season. I really feel this second season was a big let down compared to the original. I say skip buying it and wait for it to come out on Amazon Instant videos or Netflix. One nice thing - the episodes have English subtitles.

List of episodes per disc: Each around 20 minutes (+/-)

Disc One:
* Red State vs. Blue State
* White Collar vs. Blue Collar
* Hatfields vs. McCoys
* Hillbilly vs. Redneck
* Bigfoot vs. Aliens
* Battle of the Bible Belt
* North vs South
* Great Lakes, Big Stakes

Disc Two:
* City vs. Country
* Midwest vs. The Rest
* Vice vs. Virtue
* Is West Best?
* East vs. West
* Rebels vs Outlaws
* Mess with Texas
* State vs State

Disc Three:
* Rich vs. Poor
* Big vs. Small
* The United Shapes of America (extended episode - 43 minutes)

Bonus Footage (disc three): Each around 2 minutes (+/-) in length
* How California Got Its Shape
* How Florida Got Its Shape
* How Illinois Got Its Shape
* How Maine Got Its Shape
* How Montana Got Its Shape
* How Nevada Got Its Shape
* How Texas Got Its Shape
* How Utah Got Its Shape
* How Washington Got Its Shape
* How West Virginia Got Its Shape
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A game show, not geography August 31, 2013
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The second season is horrible. There is little or no relation to maps in the subject matter. There is little history. Go back to the interesting stories like those in season one. There are many left to tell!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Changed Format for Season 2 December 30, 2013
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A lot of recycled information from season 1 strung together with trivia questions that a monkey could answer. If you are on the fence, you can probably give this a pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only buy season one March 22, 2014
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I can see why the show didn't get a season three the second just wasn't as good as the first
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great show April 19, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Telling the often unknown & surprising stories of just how the states got their shapes. Many are funny and always educational.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative! April 7, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Really enjoying this show! I've learned so much that now I have new trivia to dazzle my friends with. The shows host is funny and helps to move the show along, never a dull moment. I am now watching the second season wondering if there are more to come. The sound and audio is excellent on all my devices so I'm able to watch anywhere I go. Watch this show because it is fun and informative!
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3.0 out of 5 stars shapes season 2 April 7, 2014
By Connie
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Its interesting, but starts to repeat itself after awhile, the first season was better. This season they seem to quiz people about states etc more than anything else. Will not watch the 3rd season .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Educational March 30, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Fun, educational, and the host makes the show perfect for all ages and interests. He makes it fun to learn about the US history and how the United States was formed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good History Show
It's good history show.

I would give it five stars, but it feels a bit thrown together some times, and not linear. Read more
Published 29 days ago by M. R. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History
A brief, sort of random, look at how the states got their shapes. From access to water, to geography, to gold strikes.
Published 1 month ago by jpfarren
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as first season
Not as good as first season and the episodes are much shorter and don't really get into as much as history.
Published 1 month ago by Rimon Makar
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational.
I like the host he is funny and keeps things interesting. I actually learn a lot. Even though some of the people they interview are kind of ditsy, they still make it entertaining... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to Learn Fun Facts
Interesting and fun while learning about the states. Would recommend to all my friends with children who are learning about the States.
Published 1 month ago by Paul E. Vandrey
5.0 out of 5 stars How the states got their shapes senion 2
Brian Unger makes learning about the states fun and interesting. It was simple yet educational and easy to remember it was not boring and worth watching a second time.
Published 1 month ago by B. Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
The second season has NOTHING to due with "How the States got their Shapes". The second season shows are run like a game show. Don't waste your time, sorry I did.
Published 1 month ago by Neil J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program.
The entire family enjoyed watching this TV series. We learned a lot about the states that we didn't know before, and in a fun format. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Haddock
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