How to Make It in America: Season 1

2010 TV-MA 2 discs

How to Make It in America: Season 1

2010 TV-MA 2 discs
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Ben (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam (Victor Rasuk) are ambitious twenty-somethings living in New York City, convinced that they can hustle their way into their share of the American Dream in this Mark Wahlberg-produced comedy series for HBO. Meanwhile, Ben's high school buddy, David (Eddie Kaye Thomas), already runs a hedge fund, but he wants to be as cool as he is rich. The worlds of high fashion and music provide the sizzle for this modern saga.
Bryan Greenberg, Lake Bell, Shannyn Sossyman, Victor Rasuk, Luis Guzmán, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Michael Carbonaro, Kid Cudi
Julian Farino
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this adult-oriented drama follows characters in their 20s and 30s who live and work in New York City. Some are in committed relationships but most are active on the "dating" scene ... which tends to translate into sleeping with attractive strangers they've only just met. Moms and dads should also be aware that since the show airs on pay cable, the language is unbleeped. A few characters are prone to throwing around F-bombs in sentences like "You f--kin' suck! Up yours, motherf--ker!" or saying sexually insensitive things about women like "I would tear that ass up!"

Sexual Content

Some casual sex, in terms of guys sleeping with girls they met at parties or at a bar, etc. Sensitive body parts aren't usually shown, but sometimes a nipple is visible through a T-shirt, etc.


A secondary character has a prison rap sheet and views violence as an acceptable way to resolve conflict -- although he's trying to reform. Most violent incidents (like someone throwing a person out the window) are described rather than shown.


Unbleeped swearing with heavy use of "f--k" and all its incarnations; other audible words include "s--t," "asshole," "bitch," "ass," etc.

Social Behavior

The show stresses that get-rich-quick-schemes don't usually win out over hard work, but that doesn't stop Ben and Cam from trying to cut corners and get their latest pet project off the ground. There's also a subtle message about competition between friends and acquaintances to see who's involved in the most impressive enterprise. Success isn't always equated with money, but the two tend to go hand in hand.


Some real-life brand names pop up (including fashion designer John Varvatos, who makes a cameo) but it isn't excessive.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking at bars and parties in nearly every episode, with some imbibing (and overimbibing) more than others. Party guests guzzle wine right out of the bottle; another secondary character smokes marijuana and rolls her own joints.

  • 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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