How the States Got Their Shapes

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Tuesday 10:00 PM on The History Channel Premiered May 03, 2011 Between Seasons

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Episode Guide

  • Season 2
    • 12/22/12
      0.0
      After three years on the road, host Brian Unger is taking a different look at just how our states got their shapes. We'll hear about the unique American values that have made this country what it is today, and travel from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Along the way, Brian reveals that just as we shaped the map, it has shaped us.moreless
    • Big vs. Small
      Episode 18
      12/15/12
      0.0
      Does size matter when you're a state? Giants like California and Alaska like to throw their weight around but there are some underdogs that can be big bullies when it comes to the map. Big or small, all Americans think their states are equal, but can the little guys cut the big states down to size?moreless
    • Rich vs. Poor
      Episode 17
      12/8/12
      0.0
      Money makes the world go `round and in America, the pursuit of fortune and riches has shaped our states. Some states have built enormous economies on resources like gold, oil, or timber, but they first had to draw their borders around all the riches in order to stake a claim. In the race to grab up all the country's treasures, which states were slowest on the uptake, and which came out on top?moreless
    • State vs. State
      Episode 16
      12/8/12
      0.0
      We're the united states, but make no mistake - sometimes, it's every state for itself. At one point or another, nearly every state has pulled a power play that has changed the map to its own advantage. Which states are the worst offenders, and which are the biggest losers? And how much can you get away with before the other states cry foul?moreless
    • Mess with Texas
      Episode 15
      11/24/12
      8.0
      Everything is bigger in Texas. It's the only state that acts like a country, but has it grown too big for its britches? We'll mess with Texas to settle this ten- gallon rivalry.
    • Rebels & Outlaws
      Episode 14
      11/17/12
      8.0
      We may be a law-abiding nation but we also admire the outlaw, and the clash between rebels and the rules has shaped our states. Which states like to make their own rules, and which do the heat have on lockdown?
    • East vs. West
      Episode 13
      11/10/12
      8.0
      The squabble between east coast and west coast leaves the rest of the country stuck in the middle. It's a rivalry that has made its way into our popular culture, but is there any common ground in this continental tug of war?
    • City vs. Country
      Episode 12
      11/3/12
      8.0
      In the battle between city and country, it looks like the city is coming out ahead in population, but is there something about the country that all the city slickers are missing? And how has the move from rural to urban changed the shapes of our states and cities?
    • Is West Best?
      Episode 11
      11/3/12
      8.0
      Americans have been racing to tame the West since they first set foot on the continent, but now that the West has been won, what's next? Is the West still the best.
    • 10/27/12
      8.0
      It's the glue that holds our map together and feeds America, but the Midwest is more than just state fairs and flyover country.
    • Vice vs. Virtue
      Episode 9
      10/27/12
      8.0
      Americans have a lot of vices and they don't just stay in Vegas. From drugs to gambling, the state you live in may shape how bad you can be.
    • 10/19/12
      8.0
    • 10/19/12
      8.0
    • 10/13/12
      8.0
      America is a nation under siege by unexplained phenomena. Whether you're afraid of Bigfoot or alien invasion might depend on what state you call home.
    • North vs. South
      Episode 5
      10/13/12
      8.0
      It's America's original rivalry, a divide that was so wide it took a war to close the gap. But have we really reunited, or are we still fighting a culture war?
    • 10/6/12
      8.0
      America's most iconic rivalry was more than just a feud between families. The fight between the Hatfields and McCoys nearly launched a war between two states.
    • 10/6/12
      8.0
      Two underdogs of American culture go head to head to prove how hillbillies and rednecks have shaped our states.
    • 9/29/12
      8.0
      Deep in the Rust Belt the white collar and blue collar divide has shaped our cities and our states. How did this rivalry change the way we all bring home the bacon?
    • 9/29/12
      8.5
      It's a rivalry that tears us apart every four years, but how did our nation divide into red states vs. blue states, and what happens to the states caught in the middle?
  • Season 1