Genre: History, Documentary
Premise: From wagon trains crossing the untamed frontier to man's first steps on the moon, this History Channel series offers a compelling look at the people, inventions and events that helped forge the United States of America. Peppered with re-enactments that include CGI footage and archived news film, the series also offers thoughts on what it means to be an American from celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, Tom Brokaw, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and others.
S01, E01 (First Aired: Apr. 25, 2010)
Early settlers fight for survival; Southern tobacco; the North becomes a powerhouse of trade; tension and taxation explode into revolution.
(First Aired: May. 2, 2010)
Pioneers head west, but find the land is already claimed; California gold rush; the steamboat ushers in a new era of commerce; slavery divides the nation; Abraham Lincoln's election as president is a harbinger of Civil War.