Automotive Deals BOTYSFKT Amazon Fashion Learn more Discover it $5 Albums Fire TV Stick Handmade school supplies Shop-by-Room Amazon Cash Back Offer TarantinoCollection TarantinoCollection TarantinoCollection  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Introducing new colors All-New Kindle Oasis STEM Water Sports STEM

How to Make It in America 2 Seasons 2010

Available on Prime
Season 1
Available on Prime
4.3 out of 5 stars (449) IMDb 8/10

In the bohemian subculture of downtown NYC, two friends plot to achieve the American Dream...on their own terms. Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk star in Season One of this HBO comedy series.

Starring:
Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk

Available to watch on supported devices.

Watch for $0.00 with Prime Video

Watch with Prime
Start your 30-day free trial

Prefer to buy?

Buy Episode 3 HD $2.99
Buy Season 1 HD $19.99

Watch for $0.00 with Prime Video

Watch with Prime
Start your 30-day free trial

Buy Episode 3

Buy Episode 3 HD $2.99
Buy Episode 3 SD $1.99

Buy Season 1

Buy Season 1 HD $19.99
Buy Season 1 SD $14.99
More Purchase Options
By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC. Additional taxes may apply.
Season 1
1. Pilot
This episode free with ads

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.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: February 8, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
2. Crisp

Using a $3G loan from Rene, Ben and Cam buy up a roll of (hot) premium-denim material, then hit a series of dead ends in their search to find a manufacturer to make samples of their 'Crisp' brand of retro-70s jeans.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 21, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
3. Paper, Denim + Dollars

While Ben and Cam track down a tailor to re-imagine some 1970s-era jeans, Rachel rethinks her future. Eager to get a bigger marketing commitment for his fledgling 'Rasta Monsta' drink, Rene makes a buyout offer his marketing partners better not refuse.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: February 28, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
4. Unhappy Birthday

In an attempt to divert himself from the depressing fact that it's Rachel's birthday and she's being thrown an intimate dinner party, Ben decides to spend the night taking Kaplan to a velvet-rope nightclub.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: March 1, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
5. Big in Japan

After running into a designer, Ben and Cam get hooked up with a top Japanese buyer named Hidemi, but find their business taking a surprising detour. Meanwhile, Rene runs into some unexpected problems locating a pile of stashed cash.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: March 14, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
6. Good Vintage

Ben and Cam find it hard to meet Hidemi's vintage-tee quota of 300 until an attractive retail employee named Julie helps bail them out.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 21, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
7. Keep on Truck'n

While Ben is getting tight with Julie, Rachel is put off by Darren's sudden offer to let her and Edie design a hotel; Rene's big meeting with Rasta Monsta owner John Lardner gets an unexpected guest.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: March 28, 2010
Buy HD $2.99
8. Never Say Die

In the Season One finale, Cam suspects Rene of having something to do with the theft of his and Ben's tees--but is he man enough to confront his hot-tempered cousin? Meanwhile, Rachel makes a decision that impacts the lives of Ben, Edie and Darren.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: April 4, 2010
Buy HD $2.99

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2010
Format: DVD
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.
Read more ›
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
I watched the first show of the season. It was slow paced and boring. The characters were not engaging at all. I hoped to have a better feel for the emigrant experience in modern America. This did not do it for me.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
Reading the description of the series, I was like, meh, might be OK, so I'll add it to my watch list. Well, it was more than OK, it was hilarious! Much better than I expected. If they continue past season 2 on Prime, I'll watch it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
just okay. not great, not awful. Acting is good. I watched both seasons but then again I work from home and travel a lot so I watch virtually everything on Amazon prime. The show is sort of watered down; not edgy enough, not clever enough. Watching Suits now and the writing is better (on suits) for example.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
They all have there own dreams schemes and scams. Like RL some don't care who they use or hurt to get what they want and other characters go along with the evil because there is no other way. This series isn't a sugar coated reality. Life is hard and you have to struggle in making a success, but I wish they would show more positive traits like empathy and compassion.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
I randomly started watching this show without knowing anything about it. I'm the type of person who doesn't have the time or attention span to watch shows with long episodes, so this show is perfect for me with its short and engaging episodes. The characters are likable and the plot is easy to follow. I would recommend this show for someone who is looking for entertainment without a lot of complexities.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
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.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews