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When we were kids, there was no Internet or video games, so everyone pretty much watched the same TV shows in the ’70s and ’80s—from Man From Atlantis to Knots Landing.
For the next 20 years I practically stopped watching TV. There were other things to do, like work, and then the Internet came along.
Not too long ago, I discovered the joy of watching TV again via iTunes. Even better when my dad introduced me to Vuze.com and the convenience of torrents.
Now I can follow five TV shows at a time and watch them at my convenience—usually in the wee hours of the morning when the whole house is asleep.
The downside is, I’ve turned into an insomniac at night and a zombie in the daytime.
As I type this, my eyes are droopy and my body is tired.
Last night I watched my last four episodes of How To Make It In America. I don’t even remember where I read about it. I downloaded Seasons 1 and 2, started watching and got hooked.

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I would say this and Awkward are the best TV shows I have seen this year. It makes Gossip Girl and all those other shows I was watching so lame and stupid.
This is the first male-centric show I have ever followed. Based in New York, I can relate because I went to college there and have an inkling about how the fashion industry works.
The story revolves around Ben Epstein (played by Bryan Greenberg) and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) who are trying to launch their own clothing label, Crisp.

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With no money and no business plan, all they really have are Ben’s fashion sense and creativity and Cam’s guts and connections. They have no option but to borrow money from Cam’s ex-con cousin and thug, Rene Calderon (played by Luis Guzman). Jeroen loves this actor, but personally I want to fast forward all his scenes.

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When this fails, they fall back on Ben’s former schoolmate, David Kaplan (at left, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas) who is Wall Street-rich but desperate to become cool and get laid.

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Lake Bell plays Ben’s ex-girlfriend, Rachel Chapman, whose lifestyle goes from not bad to sad as a consequence of her decisions.

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When her relationships fall apart, she hooks up with a dog walker/drug dealer Domingo (L) who has some money business with Cam. (I hate his parts too. I don’t get why these people think he’s attractive.)

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There are many other characters, such as Nancy Frankenburg (played by Gina Gershom), a powerhouse New York PR/cougar who gets involved with Ben in so many ways.

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Basically everyone in the show is either a whore or a druggie. I am shocked how they openly show nudity (male and female) on HBO and how times have changed. So I would not recommend the show to kids.
Tell you frankly, I got hooked because of Bryan Greenberg. I have not seen a present-day actor who is so beautiful, expressive and angelic, even while playing a man whore. He carries clothes so well, I just love seeing his outfits.
He is, what Grace would call, a tall glass of water (refreshing) and easy on the eyes.

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Lets not forget the cool soundtrack.
I finished two seasons or 16 episodes (25 mins each) in just three days, and am wondering when Season 3 comes back.

To know more about the show, click HERE.

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Bingkoy

I love tis show too bad they only have 8 episodes per season. Wait till next year. The finae was the bomb with the PR Andy Sausman… parang entourage getting together, more jewish boys and Camis so cute. The Neanderthal guy is hot too… and his get up rocks. I like Rachels’s sub-plot in this one but I miss her old boss. Great show! Love the soundtrack!

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Hi Ms. Cecile! My husband is hooked on “how to make it in america” also. I’ve been teasing him because it’s kinda like entourage but only this one they’re struggling. Anyway, I would like to suggest SUITS, NEW GIRL and REVENGE if you haven’t stumbled upon these already. =) Enjoy!

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jtotheomz

Domingo is my favorite rapper Scott Mescudi aka Kid CuDi! 😀

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HBO is the new BOLD!
Or Porn … or soft nudity … or … ewan! :p

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So cute that it was your dad who taught you how to use the torrent! 

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 The dog walker is Kid Cudi and I love him!!!!!!!!!!

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CVS Reply:

are you watching the show?

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Oh my, I love him!!! I loved Jake in OTH! Also loved him in The Good Guy. WILL WATCH THIS SHOW! 🙂

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FREE KAPPO!!!

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and domingo is the rapper kid cudi!! he’s very cool, he’s a protege of kanye. i love his songs!

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i finished season 1 and 2 in one day!!! 
bryan greenberg has been my type since one tree hill. SO HOOOTTTT. perfect jewish boy. <3 <3 <3 <3

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@no_panda_no

You have to watch Prime starring Bryan Greenberg with Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep!

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CVS Reply:

ok!

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divasoria Reply:

agree – bryan is super hot there. nakakaloka!

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Rambuc

Been hooked! How to make it in America’s addicting!

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I think HBO has been showing nudity in its series for quite some time (the earliest one I recall is in The Wire, 2002), it’s just that those parts are edited when they show it on cable. You get to see it because you got the show from iTunes!  This show looks interesting, and I like that actor. Will definitely check it out 🙂  [Reply]Jem DC Reply:November 29th, 2011 at 2:34 PMBryan is cute on Prime. Meryl is hilarious as his mum. Asian HBO is still tame compared to US. They cut much of the nudity scenes in Games of… Read more »

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Bryan is cute on Prime. Meryl is hilarious as his mum.

Asian HBO is still tame compared to US. They cut much of the nudity scenes in Games of Thrones. I saw the full version online & thought  “yeah, parents would go up in arms if they’re to show this on 9pm time slot” 😛

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Jess

I’ve always been a fan of Bryan Greenberg even during his One Tree Hill days! Do you know he also sings and plays the guitar? What is perfect!

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