How the States Got Their Shapes

  • 2010
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

The origins of the shapes of America's states are traced, with examinations of the geographical, political and social factors that determined the borders.

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The United Shapes of America Season 2, Episode 19 Dec 22, 2012 $1.99

Travel from coast to coast as host Brian Unger reveals how the U.S. map shaped us just as we shaped it.

Rich vs. Poor Season 2, Episode 17 Dec 8, 2012 $1.99

Money makes the world go 'round, and in America, the pursuit of riches has shaped our states. In the race to grab all resources, which states came out on top?

State vs. State Season 2, Episode 16 Dec 8, 2012 $2.99

Nearly every state has pulled a power play that gamed the system and changed the map. How much can you get away with when it's state versus state?

Mess with Texas Season 2, Episode 15 Nov 24, 2012 $2.99

Everything is bigger in Texas, but has it grown too big for its britches? We'll mess with Texas to settle this ten-gallon rivalry.

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How The States Got Their Shapes Season 2
The U.S. is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, where every line on the map tells a different story.
Season 2 Sneak Peek
02:01 — The new season of How The States Got Their Shapes premieres on Saturday, September 29 at 8/7c, but a special sneak peek is available now!
Cumberland Gap
02:32 — Brian Unger explores the Cumberland Gap and the mysteries behind it.
Season 2 - Sneak Peek
02:00 — The new season of How The States Got Their Shapes premieres on Saturday, September 29 at 8/7c, but a special sneak peek is available now!

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  • Premiered: April 6, 2010
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: The origins of the shapes of America's states are traced, with examinations of the geographical, political and social factors that determined the borders.

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