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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 14, 2010
Season #: 1, 2
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59

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

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  • Summary: The dramedy follows the lives of two Brooklynites seeking fortune and fame in the fashion world but they quickly find it's not as easy as it seems.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    91
    Pleasurable, amusing, well conceived and written, though perhaps just a little shy on character development (New York excepted). Give this one time - these guys feel like they're worth getting to know, and the show as well.
  2. Creator Ian Edelman keeps his characters on the right side of caricature and avoids the kind of melodramatic confrontations their relations might typically suggest.
  3. 75
    The authentic New York locales and voices really make this new half-hour dramedy fly.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    60
    I've seen the first four and, although each was more compelling than the last, the series contains a repellent amount of hipitude, which distracts from its tale.
  5. How to Make It in America grows more interesting in episodes after the pilot as Ben's world expands and connections among the characters form. But to get that far viewers may need to be: a) Living Ben's lifestyle, b) Remembering their immature years fondly or, c) Have a high tolerance for slackers whose ambition outpaces their drive and/or intellect.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    The show isn’t as self-important and whiny as Hung, or as precious and smug as Bored to Death, or as repulsive as Eastbound and Down (to name a few of HBO’s recent comedy misfires, all of which were renewed). Sadly, this one’s just a bit threadbare.
  7. This sad sack of a show plays like an East Coast, economically challenged version of his HBO hit “Entourage.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Feb 20, 2011
    10
    love how to make it in america! it has a fantastic visual style! i also like the music! story is great and the characters and their actorslove how to make it in america! it has a fantastic visual style! i also like the music! story is great and the characters and their actors very convincing!
    and i can't wait for season two to air!!
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  2. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    By far the most original story in a long time. Wonderfully written scripts and an amazing cast, Particularly Greenberg and Mescudi. I foundBy far the most original story in a long time. Wonderfully written scripts and an amazing cast, Particularly Greenberg and Mescudi. I found myself angry when things went wrong for them, when thing didn't go their way (and when rene got involved). Then I was genuinely happy when things went right, when they finally got orders. Finally, I HATE the ex girlfriend! Expand
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    Such a great hit show since HBO's hit series Entourage. Both show's have something in common and that's that there both classic shows. All iSuch a great hit show since HBO's hit series Entourage. Both show's have something in common and that's that there both classic shows. All i gotta say is i **** love this show.... gonna be the next entourage period. Expand
  4. mikev
    Feb 16, 2010
    9
    Kinda loved it! from LA, and LA times loved it too!
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    9
    Great show...plot puts the hook in your mouth. Funny, painful and street flavor. HBO and Mark Wahlberg hits another one out of the park.Great show...plot puts the hook in your mouth. Funny, painful and street flavor. HBO and Mark Wahlberg hits another one out of the park. Looking forward to the second season. Collapse
  6. Feb 12, 2011
    8
    This ia a great show! I'm so glad it's being shown on a HBO cos if this was on a huge American network it would of been axed by the secondThis ia a great show! I'm so glad it's being shown on a HBO cos if this was on a huge American network it would of been axed by the second episode!!! I'm kind of surprised a lot of people are comparing this show to Entourage cos I hate Entourage lol.........I would recommend this show to anyone who likes a dialogue driven slow burner!!! The writing in this show is fantastic. Expand
  7. NarsL
    Feb 19, 2010
    0
    Insists on itself.

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