How to Make It in America

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  • TV-MA
  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (16,133)

How to Make It in America was a television show that aired on HBO for two seasons from 2010 to 2011. The show starred Bryan Greenberg as Ben Epstein and Victor Rasuk as Cam Calderon, two friends who were trying to make it big in the fashion industry in New York City. They dreamed of creating and selling their own denim line, and this was the main focus of the show.

Along for the ride were Kid Cudi as Domingo Dean, a friend of Ben's who was trying to break into the New York music scene, and Lake Bell as Rachel Chapman, Ben's ex-girlfriend who was now dating someone in the fashion industry. Luis Guzmán also played a role as Rene Calderon, Cam's cousin who was just released from prison and had connections in the NYC underground.

The show followed the struggles and successes of these four characters as they tried to navigate the cutthroat world of fashion and music in New York City. They dealt with funding issues, distribution problems, and personal obstacles while trying to get their business off the ground. Each episode explored a different aspect of the industry, from creating a designer lookbook to getting a product to market.

One of the things that set the show apart was its focus on New York City as a character in its own right. The series was filmed on location in various neighborhoods throughout the city, and it showcased everything from the graffiti in Brooklyn to the glamour of the fashion district in Manhattan. It also featured cameos from various New Yorkers, including fashion designers and musicians, who lent an air of authenticity to the show.

The show was praised for its authentic portrayal of the struggle to make it in a fiercely competitive industry, as well as its nuanced depiction of modern-day urban life. The characters were complex and relatable, and their relationships with one another were a central focus of the show. The chemistry between the four main actors was particularly strong, and their banter was both funny and heartfelt.

Overall, How to Make It in America was a smart and stylish show that offered a fresh perspective on the struggle to succeed in the fashion and music industries. While it only lasted for two seasons, it left a lasting impression on audiences and helped to elevate the career of its talented cast.

How to Make It in America is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on February 14, 2010.

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What's In a Name?
8. What's In a Name?
November 20, 2011
In the season finale, Ben contemplates the rescue of CRISP and his friendship with Cam. Meanwhile, Domingo and Cam launch a PR blitz to clean up Rasta Monsta's image; Rachel seeks advice from a former mentor; and Kaplan parties one more time before going to jail.
The Friction
7. The Friction
November 13, 2011
The uncertain future of CRISP is a sensitive subject for Ben and Cam; Rene tries to find out who sabotaged Rasta Monsta, and discusses incarceration with Kaplan; Rachel does her best to put a job setback behind her.
I'm Sorry, Who's Yosi?
6. I'm Sorry, Who's Yosi?
November 6, 2011
Ben is suspicious when Nancy sets CRISP up with a manufacturer named Yosi. Headstrong on spicing up Biscuit, Rachel disregards her boss and pursues an edgy lead. The Feds catch up with Kapo, Lulu warns Cam against selling out and Rasta Monsta incites the ire of the East Flatbush Caribbean League.
5. Mofongo
October 30, 2011
Ben and Cam charm the buyers from a Midwestern retailer after Nancy gives her disapproval.
It's Not Even Like That
4. It's Not Even Like That
October 23, 2011
Ben finds out about Rachel's romantic life at an out of town wedding.
Money, Power, Private School
3. Money, Power, Private School
October 16, 2011
Ben hopes Nancy's job will open the door to more opportunities for her. Cam finds a way to make some extra cash so he can get his own place. Rene and Debbie bond at a video shoot for Rasta Monsta. Rachel finds out some details on Ben's love life.
In or Out
2. In or Out
October 9, 2011
Ben and Cam face a difficult choice between jumping an untested sales representative or wooing a more well-known one. Rene comes up with a novel way for a client to pay his debt.
I'm Good
1. I'm Good
October 2, 2011
Ben and Cam try to find a way to market their CRISP attire in New York after a promising debut in Tokyo. Rene's new Rasta Monsta billboard is a hit with everyone except his girlfriend.
Where to Watch How to Make It in America
How to Make It in America is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How to Make It in America on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, HBO NOW, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 14, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (16,133)