How the States Got Their Shapes, Season 1

How the States Got Their Shapes, Season 1

How the States Got Their Shapes

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release: 2011-05-03
  • Rate: TV-14
  • Episodes: 10
  • iTunes Price: USD 15.99
  • HD iTunes Price: USD 23.99
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We are so familiar with the map of United States, but do we know why our states look the way they do? Every line on the U.S. map tells a great story: California’s border was bent to claw onto lucrative gold deposits; Oklahoma's panhandle reflects a shifting national barometer for legal slavery; and Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia's shared border traces the scar of a meteor impact. How the States Got Their Shapes reveals the larger story of what makes America unique: a range of natural resources, a history of social experimentation and a thriving democracy.


Title Time Price
1 A River Runs Through It 41:40 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
2 The Great Plains, Trains, & Automobiles 43:08 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
3 Force of Nature 41:51 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
4 State of Rebellion 41:35 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
5 Living On the Edge 41:07 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
6 Use It or Lose It 40:42 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
7 Church and States 42:05 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
8 A Boom With a View 41:17 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
9 Culture Clash 42:13 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes
10 Mouthing Off 42:49 USD 1.99 Buy iTunes


  • The type of programming that should be on TV

    By mike01545
    Shows like this contain information that should be taught in geography and history classes around schools. I was also thrown for a loop watching this show: There were a lot of people interviewed that could not identify some states on our map, nor could they tell you the capitals of some of those states. It reminds me of how much geographical education is eroding in our nation. Obama's name is mentioned a few times during the course of these episodes, so this show is relatively new.
  • A Boom with a View

    By Bob 86
    Where is episode 8 "A Boom with a View"? You've already released episode 9, but have yet to release episode 8. What's the hold up????
  • Informative & Funny - the perfect combination

    By Yodaman70
    Brian Unger is the perfect host for this series which explains the odd reasons states ended up looking the way the do. Best program on the US since the program America: The Story of US. This show is the perfect mix of wit & intelligence - makes learning fun. HIghly recommend the show.
  • Expands on the Fabulous History Special

    By murphysmom
    If you liked the History Channel Special, you will like this - I do anyway! Brian Unger, the host, is perfect for the show. Just the right amount of wit, humor, and intelligence - in the 2nd episode, he experiences the Asian Carp problem in the midwest, and his reactions are priceless (especially if you've experienced them too!). I like that the show is informative and interesting. It moves along quickly, and I've learned some interesting facts about how the states got their shapes - which is probably the point of the show!
  • It's the best!

    By Hmh the 6th
    A must have for anyone who liked the special.