How the States Got Their Shapes

2010 TV-PG 1 season

How the States Got Their Shapes

2010 TV-PG 1 season
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Brian Unger hosts this clever road documentary series blending history, politics and geography to show how America's states got their current borders. Each episode focuses on a unique regional history, tracing shifts in U.S. demographics and culture.
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2010) - 4 discs

In this open-road documentary series, host Brian Unger reveals what led to U.S. map features such as Oklahoma's panhandle and the huge size of Texas. Traveling to key geographic and historic sites, Unger mines an intriguing side of American history.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this hour-long series, which explores the history of the United States from a unique standpoint, encourages curiosity about the country's origins. There is very occasional language ("crap," "hell," "damn"). While the show's content may only be of interest to older kids, it is generally appropriate for younger children as well.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Not applicable


Rare language of the "crap," "damn," and "hell" variety.

Social Behavior

The show encourages curiosity about the history of the United States and the many stories surrounding its formation and growth as a country.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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