- Network: HBO
- Series Premiere Date: Jul 4, 2011
- Season #: 1
- Summary: Director Alexandra Pelosi travels to all 50 states to ask newly naturalized citizens why they wanted to become citizens of the United States.
- Genre(s): Drama, Reality
- Show Type: TV Movie
- Season 1 premiere date: Jul 4, 2011
- Episode Length: 51
- Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Beyond its breakneck speed and miles logged, Citizen U.S.A. couldn't be more easy or straightforward: From tiny ceremonies in county courthouses to massive arena-sized gatherings in big cities, Pelosi presents a surprising collage of that essential moment when people who've immigrated to the United States become official Americans.
In the end, Citizen U.S.A. is heartening because it neither doubts nor ennobles those who have come here and decided to stay. Rather, it suggests that like every other citizen, each now has the freedom to succeed or fail.
Over these 52 minutes, she hits 50 states, so of necessity the pace is brisk and to the point. You don't really get to know anybody, but a sea of faces from the Mideast to the Far East tell her of their hopes and dreams in short, sharp sound bites.