America: The Story of Us

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America: The Story of Us
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This is the United States documentary that makes us want to move to other countries.
Genre: Documentary
History
Running Time: Around 40 minutes (the whole series is 540 minutes long)
Country: United States (well it is the subject here)
Release Date: April 25, 2010
Network(s): History Channel
Created by: N/A
Distributed by: History Channel
Starring: Liev Schrieber
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 12
Previous show: N/A
Next show: Australia: The Story of Us


America: The Story of Us (also internationally known as America: The Story of the U.S.) is a 12-part, 9-hour documentary-drama television miniseries that premiered on April 25, 2010, on History channel. Produced by Nutopia, the program portrays more than 400 years of American history (with emphasis on how American creation of new technologies has had effects on the nation's history and, by implication, the world). It spans time from the successful English settlement of Jamestown beginning in 1607, through to the present day. Narrated by Liev Schreiber (Danny Webb for the international version), the series recreates many historical events by using actors dressed in the style of the period and computer-generated special effects. The miniseries received mixed reviews by critics; but it attracted the largest audiences of any special aired by the channel to date.

Why It Sucks

  1. It continuously focuses on only the bad parts of the US history and not the good parts, other than the fact that some of its history that were good was what made America what it is.
  2. There are too many celebrities expressing their opinions about the United States rather than having historians provide more insight and data about particular periods and events.
  3. Horrible acting on the historic parts.
  4. Terrible CGI that is overused continuously.
  5. There's even worksheets for this show.
  6. The title of the show is horrible and yet also xenophobic. First off, the show is all about the US, which makes the "the story of US" a pun, but yet the title ONLY refers to America, lashing out other countries.
    • The show's title was so stupid, they changed its name to "America: The Story of the U.S." for international releases.
  7. It gets way too graphic and too serious, such as the infamous bear attack scene and even the Oregon Trail where everyone had to eat their own babies in order to live.
    • In the Lewis and Clark expedition, it even mentioned about Lewis and Clark eating their own horses, which is disgusting.
  8. The narrator, Liev Schreiber, is emotionless and extremely boring to listen to him speaking.
  9. Very cliched soundbites.
  10. The writing is filled to the brim with hyperbole, continuously comparing things to present items today.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Since the show was intended to 'educated' viewers, its still somewhat informative, even its given mixed messages about American history.
  2. Since this show was that successful by its ratings, has respawn a follow up Mankind: The Story of US which was slightly better than its predecessor, and get two foreign adaptions based on Australia and Canada by one of their Mainstream new channels respectively, and like the US version, Canada's version has tract its own criticisms in the mini-series.
  3. Due to the show's problems as mentioned, it did get a small unironic cult following due to how bad it was.
  4. It's a prime example of how NOT to make a documentary inaccurate.
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